re-settled in Hungary from Rochdale, Lancs, England, and into a little village, doing a bit of greenish farming hoping for a quiet life... but stuff just happens...

Saturday, January 14, 2017

made it to 2017

We got together with all kidlings on the 28th Dec in a well located and comfy enough apartment in Kisfaludy utca. We had lovely time as per usual, though Drew left after a couple of days due to worry about his dad's health-scare. Walks, talks, eatings, drinkings. Only one session of playing games... All the xmas cake gone, good work. Now back to Kiskassa, with lots of time to worry about the world, about implosion of the shangrila liberal capitalism of Fukuyama without any critical voice I can hear, except my own cry to the dark nothingness... Well, one of my frustration over-boiled letter was published in the xmas issue of Népszava to my surprize, but I really need at least a weekly column to get all that anger and incomprehension about the total lack of any meaningful organised, conscious opposition to the next coming catastrophe. Just when all could be so wonderful... And I am so lucky having had such a fantastic life - I want at least the same for the coming generations - especially our own kids, but it looks so stressfully hopeless. Anyways, started Futurelearn Italian - basically, because I prefer Italian to other languages and it seems so much easier than Greek. Oh, we might have people in the other house from 1st March, which is good news for its maintenance. What other news? The hens are laying, like if spring was coming pronto, Bonzo is happy and had really big bones, as we are eating those sort of things from the freezer. Jenő is coming over to musicking with Alan. I managed to sit rapidly on my bum on a slippy path - how good that I put on it an extra 3 kilos, no harm done whatsoever. Got good books. However, my grip on reality is rapidly diminishing - Alan won 10 kopogós römi consecutive games. The only other explanations are a weird glitch in universal randomness, or some non-too-busy god decided to play corrupt kibitz against me... Alan got an old big and complicated olympos camera from Pete and we managed to link it up, so some of the photos, mostly the Budapest scenery are his.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Kiskassa into winter

We are back in one piece. We had smooth flight and lovely evening at Marta's with a get-together of the old girls, with two extras, who used to be loose associates of our little circle. Alan is into healthy life (again) after all the food and drink and sitting quite a lot around at telly and pubs, he's chopping wood as we speak. Village is nice, giant xmas tree was decorated as usual, nobody died as far as I know... Timi had a spacious new (to her) car instead of the tight suzuki to collect us from the station. Liddl is still there... optician and other bits and pieces done in Pecs yesterday, hyppo started for first. Bonzo still energetic puppy-like, bringing us walnuts he'd found somewhere and crunching them happily. Erzsi's had actually a few good news. She helped us a tons I was especially happy to return to a warm and clean house... Photos show pubs, park in Milnrow where we used to walk with kids, etc. We managed to see most friends which was nice. Some photos repeated, sorry, cannot bother to start again, they are worth another look!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

early winter in Milnrow

unfortunately I cannot work out how to get my lovely Manchester an Milnrow autumn - winter photos on Grandad's rather lousy PC - so they have to wait until we get back to Kiskassa. Grandad is doing better than his PC - he is his cheerful self, looking after Muriel most evening, warming up and serving tea for both of them. He is a little bit wobblier than last year, but otherwise as active as can be - with lots of telly. We've seen friends, been to Rochdale and saw Manchester xmas market. And lots of telly. Szonya was here first weekend, took us 4 old'ns out the good girl as she is, very pleasant meal in the place next to the lake. meanwhile Lois and Judith are both having non-too-serious but of course still worrysome operations, hope all is well this time next week. Erzsi reported, that our wood is sawed up, and Bonzo is ok, upto mischief, but managed not to escape. so, more when back.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

remember, remember...

so right on the 5th we had the most wonderful bonfire night, started with Drew's bogrács lamb gulyás and continued with the most fantastic home-done fire-works - Dodi came over with Kristóf, our own fire-work specialist. He's a lovely lad, with a lot of fascinating hobbies... but he's a pro, actually working for the past years for a local fire-work manufacturer, and had been invited to a Genoa fire-work festival this summer! Anyways, it was abs fab, if a bit frightening, like "real" fireworks going off 15meters from you... was well visible from Pécsdevecser we were told. A few days before - or was it after? We visited Máriagyüd, which is part of Siklós on a hillside and is a pilgrimage place where the Virgin chose to appear in the 18 hundreds and is making a nice little income from the visitors ever since. The EU (!) gave tons of money to the village to make up the place. Anyway, as we went to a suggested paint-shop there (for wood-rot curing stuff, very good shop, helpful owner) we had a little walk round thus the photos. Yesterday in the new pizza-bistro in Újpetrol, there was an enjoyable little music evening; local sheep and goat man Robi borrowed Alan's electric and with Dodi, they had a tidy little rock gig, some Hungarian numbers that were not that old and better than expected. Pizza is so-so, kebab and palacsinta better. As for Trump - this is my opinion more or less exacly: finished European Culture and Politics - enjoyed it with decent chance to argue. Fresent lot on "The mind is flat" is fairly docile - but than it is done by a business school... it is also reading and crossword season. Bonzo still happy, and hasn't sneaked out what - for about 3 days... question what to do now that we got so close and sentimental (started to cry when I go to the shop!) - we will be away for nearly a month... he might move to Erzsi's, or something.