Ecofarmer

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...

Sunday, July 12, 2015

and now the photos


got home after a nice morning with surprise Tisza ferry and a hot and bothersome afternoon, with not being impressed by Hortobagy, though the pancake was good. After kicking most of my big-toe-nail off in therefore horrid Tiszafured, we arrived to the peaceful refuge of Szolnok Hotel Tisza. Next day back home - with everything waiting for us to be picked and processed. Luckily, the weather turned and is now is href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Uqiig_LsxSM/VaGRIe_-qnI/AAAAAAAAD7w/Q-c3_roI2L8/s1600/20150711_195103.jpg" imageanchor="1" >hjust right. unfortunately I don't know how to put titles to the photos - you have to guess... includes some birthday and Szekszard.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

lILLAFÜRED holiday

Our week here in the Tókert Hotel is just drawing to a close, tomorrow we are off to Hortobágy on our way back home. Luckily the unusual heatwave to end, so hopefully our drive won't be too uncomfortable (there is no aircon. in Hippo). We had a lovely time - feeling guilty continuously as supporting the greeks from such a beautiful place, eating such uniquely fine meals if expensive ones here on the terrace looking out to the lake surrounded by the mighty beech forests. While Erzsi and Tibi are looking after the farm heroically, as there the temperatures did reach 40C. The apricots harvest awaits... Besides having lots of lazying about, we did some touristy things, had a brief look at Miskolc, found a Greek Orthodox church with very impressive icons, used the forest railway about 4 times and some other stuff I cannot think of. Eaten the locally produced trouts extensively, including the special smoked variety - extremely nice. Photos coming when back home. By the way - we are flying to Greece on the 30th October, for our long planned 4 months winter stay, we found a beach-side villa to rent in Agios Andreas (Might have spelt it wrong) South Peleponese. And probably man the barikades there. yesterday was the hot trip to the Diósgyőr castle, quite impressive, guided tour by girls in knight-era dress (poor things) and knightly tournament demo afterwards. Luckily found cool wine cellar to watch it from. Had hot sprint to catch little train back, but before that we had a quaint hour in weird place opposite castle, entertained by old bar pianoplayer, old piano-teacher, our hostess and friend singing and dancing, because they felt like it, we were the only guests having the only dish on offer, kemencés lilahagymás tejfölös szallonnás lángos - rather nice. today we went into the Szent István barlang, 10 min walk from here, freezing to death (it was 10C) with 50-odd polish schoolkids. Very impressive cave with them stallag-things. Had soup/cake/coffee in the Palota hotel, very nice. Sat inside, the terrace with the view was like an oven. We were thinking of going to the trout farm later, but it is closing at 5pm. In fact everything but the posh places close here 6:30pm latest, weird. Asked why, they said they were too hot. But at 6:30pm it actually starts cooling with more people venturing out... this is Hungarian style market capitalism...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

ecohun details - to whom it may concern...


as we lost our website... to whom it may concern... Marc, maybe we should engage that website again... just in case... being out of date is better than nothing... durant.eva@gmail.com landline: +36 20 919 4813 mobile +36 20 919 4813

Sunday, June 21, 2015

midsummer, or start of summer


but after a couple of weeks of heat now back to lovely early May weather with chilly mornings, but with June's raspberries and black cherries. Alan is back, did well organising a bit of care for his dad, who seems to be recovering from a week of hospital stay. However, as he enthusiastically got back to the garden-stuff, when filling The Hole he pulled a muscle behind his knee. Couldn’t stand on it first so was a bit frightening but getting better quickly - except for the strong tablets the doctor prescribed that are not good with everything else except that particular bit. So after being released from farm duty I am back, not to my biggest pleasure. Photo shows him with his zigger-zagger machine before doing that muscle in. I forgot to mention, that besides Hippo being cleaned and MOT-d earlier by AutoAttila, the garden and the paths were beautifully cleared of weeds, by Magdi, who is a very efficient workaholic. Oh, and managed to organised the sheep being sheered by a Vok@ny very talkative retired shepherd. Fantastic job, by hand, he derided electric stuff. very cheaply. He cut the nails, too. Said they were nice large sheep. And now very happy, running about about 10kg lighter. I finished my first Futurelearn course "what is the mind" that I viewed with some skepticism as in the first lecture to word "neuropsychoanalysis" was introduced... Anyway, as it happened the course was ok, I did learn a few things and had lovely discussion with the other participants. I registered for 2 more courses from September. By the way, Juci is preggies. Got a good looking street bench, all who applies gets it from the council. Also, free food pack was distributed to all permanent residents of the village - gave ours to Erzsi's. There was a free lecture about family-tree research in the Telehouse, fairly interesting, but left after 90minutes of it, chair was not comfy. Happy father'sday. and bday to Carole and Chris. Oh, we received some delicatessen french coffee from Carole, they are back from their Paris trip. We have two tabbie visitors, one more permanent then the other. He just eats, meows, and sleeps, I cannot see any inclination to catch mice. Bit choosy in the food an'all. Done worming and de-fleaing (hopefully) We'll see how permanent this is before neutering. Very friendly. Too much mindering.

Monday, June 08, 2015

june nutshell


so Alan is away for over a week now, and I managed to blow a hole in the garden and thereby find the no 72's old cellar, sorry no old wine barrel, or if there is, I am not the one to risk to climb down, so a few tons of soil can bury me. I am stacking hay! Well, had 3 sessions, and might be thats it, done about the third of Nora's half. Anna talked to me today - I think the village is impressed by my heroic if futile efforts to keep things normal... anyway she decided that she wants to donate us her hay - was stacked for us, and Tibi handcarted it to Bonzo's accommodation. Miska bacsi (who always gifted us beautiful black cherry wine, and who was The MTK supporter in the village, and Reynald's Margaret in Pecsdevecser died, very sad.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

nutshell


lots of comings and goings, Alan is off to see his dad who needs help while sister is away and is in hospital at present, hopefully home soon. Health check-ups all good. We had a week of rain - unusual, seems over. Made cherries finish early, but we managed to eat tons. boully made some nice photos, nice to see how they're supposed to be...

Monday, May 18, 2015

spring vista


Budapest, Mothers' day, and various places, all good - got 6 new ducklings and 20 little chickens - this is downsizing a la us... not to mention that mother rabbit should deliver little ones any day... well, it -is- spring. Pete and Boully are here and putting in good wwooferings. We picked the first very nice early crispy cherries. I think I am going on a cherry diet. Eating nothing else for a week should do me good in every possible way. Started the FutureLearn "what is the mind" course - so far so-so. Very difficult to discuss with other students when there are hundreds of them. fotos are random stuff from what I just said - Budapest Danube bank, Kiraly utca, shop sign Alan liked, and mostly more spring Kiskassa. Oh, we also have cucumbers in the polytunnel, everything looks good, had some rain, and as the Hungarian saying goes, May rain worth gold.