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, February 06, 2016

a morning of contentment

sitting at the table after the first cup of tea. Alan is sleeping. I am staring out to either the blue sky (left window) or the trees and the sea (front of me). Can't hear the birds, (blush) the heater is switched on and is a bit old and noisy, but the mornings are cool. Nothing is hurting, even if this kitchen chair fails to be comfortable. Just started a new, interesting looking book on kindle, when not staring outside or at the laptop. The sun just made it to the gap between the trees, sparkles splendidly. I try not to think about the things I am trying not thinking about and that is the only, if imperfect, peace of the human condition.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

good bye day to Koroni

if the weather stay like this - 19C in the shade today, no clouds, really balmy- it will be even more difficult to leave... though if the tractor blockade of farmers lasts, we just have to stay, won't we...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ancient Messene very new Dorka

the new one was born on the 22nd and is beautiful. Jutka's 4th, Juci's 1st. I can't remember when I blogged last, but we had still very good times with not many wet days in between, and they were needed for rest from walks and eatings. Vic and Maggie arrived for a weekend, we managed a local cafe+sunshine morning and Logga meal on the Saturday, and Nestor's palace (closed) a few lucky found Mycenaean tombs, a very nice meal in a Pylos beach restaurant - large fish and meat poykilia, we had to take some of it home - then a Closed methoni castle, a dropped chocolate cake in Koroni's Doydoyn, an altogether lovely and long day. Monday there were roadblocksto outmaneuver to get their flight home from Athens, as farmers got fed up losing 60 percent of their income through taxes, such as 27% paid for this year and another 27% in advance of next year... same as other folk, pensions were cut 12 times in 2 years, altogether a 60% cut. Hope this is not a trial run for the rest of the EU, where cuts are going on, too, for decades now. Anyways, yesterday Rosemarie was lovely again and took us to ancient Messene, the biggest surprise of Greece - stupendous, I say no more, I try to put on as many pictures as I can, but was done with the proper camera, not the mobile, so it will take time. This might be the last blog from A.A. we are off to Athens on the 8th February, and fly to Manchester on the 10th. Spot the little willy on one of the statues in the Messene archiological museum...

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Kala Kronia!

How fast it has all gone! The xmas days in "sweet double" (Édes kettesben) went very pleasantly, with all the foody stuff turning out well, even if the lobster proved more of a challenge. New year's eve was rather quiet in the village, which Alan took to with disbelief, insisting checking it out after midnight - but even the cafe closed early, everyone spending time with the family, like 25th in the UK, or 24th in Hungary. The weather was wonderful, we had a few more adventurous walks, such as the one in Charakopia, where we dropped lucky to find a nice place to eat fantastic food, we'll return next Friday, when they have traditional music in the evening. Szonya and Drew arrived in the 1st January to share Alan's birthday, and the weather turned a bit atrocious, with the coldest, wettest day so far, but it got better quickly, and remarkably, with sunny day yesterday, with 18C+ and Szonya managed a short swim, and then came the roasting lamb on a spit on the beach - do I have to say more?