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, October 04, 2015

interesting times

so I had my 50th elementary (upto 14 in Hungary) school reunion, organised by the 75 year old art teacher, who was rather young and cute all that long ago, now retired and seem to have this nice hobby of organising these reunions of the old school on what used to be Martirok Utja. Anyways, it was fascinating seeing people I saw last time when I was 14... I did recognise about 5 out of the cca 15 there (out of 32, not bad) but nobody recognised me... They remembered me with black curls and glasses... But when I told them who I was they seemed all happy to see me, even Bechtel Ildiko, who I remembered having a fight with. Well, we nearly had another one, as she is now a jobbik-type of person, while Cseh Zsuzsa, who used to be my friend (not best as they were not going to the same school) fervently agreed with my stand... so it was weird but ok, I am glad it happened. While I was up there in Budapest, MigrationAid - found us and installed helpers and a store of food/clothes/other useful things for refugees in the other house, and very busy times began. Alan counted up 13 nationalities - changing over every 3 days more or less. We do whatever we can, managed to feed them a few times, they don't have hot food otherwise much. Croatian buses are taking refugees to Beremend/Magyarboly, where they are put on trains and taken to the Austrian boarder. In between there is chaos, nastiness (like locking up 5-600 people on a train with full-of-shit toilets to start with, until the trains fills up to 1000 people, that can take more than 5 hours, then the same train goes for another 5-8 hours to its destination.) There was a hectic day trying to get this info out, so they get a clean train - hopefully it worked after a day of the police -or anyone - not telling the helpers what is happening and making the boarder stations into military zones, where helpers were not allowed, with the Hungarian Red Cross that did bugger all for 2 months, having been the only one there and they not helping the people, anyway, it is a long story, it seems, that now the transporting of the refugees is going on incredibly speedily, with every 3/4 hours a train leaving, so our young people here are going on without sleeping, making up help-packs and giving them out continuously. Very glad to know there are so many nice people, too. meanwhile Alan got himself an electric guitar, and have I mentioned our wonderful new bed? And started a new Futurelearn course, Logical and critical thinking. The beautiful indian summer returned with chilly nights, so we still have garden stuff, including figs and raspberry. And Corbyn is the labour leader, so there are some good stuff. Alan is off to see his dad from Thursday, I stay here, he returns on the 19th. Also aunty Edit has another exhibition openned in downtown Budapest. Some other stuff happened, too, but I cannot remember what, with all this stuff. Attached the invitation "cicavizio" also Alan made two sunny fotos that doesn't look autumny at all, plus the new guitar with Eric.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

harvest do pics

too much food... ouch... must and wine ... oh, and we won the top two tombola prices - never such thing happened - the cake and the Bock wine with Alan on the photo. enjoyed it.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

just to chear us

mad september

Thursday, September 17, 2015

after Istambul

it was great, with the old girls + Pali which caused endless quips in the eating places etc, when we happened to go without him, we had "where is the Guru" shouted after us. So, the city is so beautiful, but so huge and there are 12 million people! I wasn't aware it was so many... the hotel was as lux as I ever been in, best of all having a Turkish bath and a small pool open till 10pm every night, plus it was 5 minutes walk from Sultanahmet Square, so we could walk out and look at the magically lit Blue Mosque, tha Aya Sophia, the fountains in between and the people enjoying the cooler evening after the rather hot days. And the food was so good... and drinking wine and chat before bed on the roof terrace. And the breakfasts... and the boat trip on the Bosporus... coffee at the middle of Galata bridge... the bizantian cistern... etc etc Coming back was a shock of the Hungarian and EU tortured refugees. We found a group and volunteers on the way to Budapest, and could ask at last what we could help. They said to bring warm clothes there. There were a few cold and wet days, seemed like the cold season is setting in. Well, Alan collected tons - mostly from the German residents of the village, very good stuff - but not well timed - the Pécs refugees and their helpers disappeared from the station. So we hav a ton of stuff - we'll probably have it jumbled saled in the village if the mayor supports the idea. The good news is the election of Jeremy Corbyn as labour leader - nice to see the establishment panicking like headless chickens, just like evil Orban and evil Merker. the whole dark tower of capitalism seem to be shaking again... shaking - haven't been well in the last 5 days, a tummy upset wouldn't settle, will see the doc tomorrow. I can't eat all these raspberries, figs, purple and other paprikas, aubergines, still grapes and ocra this last hot week produced. Magdi did out of this world cleaning of our house while we were away - she dusted all the books, casettes and CDs! And shined the kettle we use on the gas! And loads of other stuff I've never even considered doing... fotos are made by the mobile - just to give an idea - proper ones will follow from the girls who are quite pro.

Friday, August 21, 2015

processing times

Besides having a trip to Bp to say byes to Sz and Dr (very pleasant 3 days) we were sitting out the heat and picking stuff. Magdi cleaned the windows, we are sitting pretty - there is supposed to be a video of the houses on the otthoncentrum website, but cannot see it. So this is more of a photo session - you can see the hail of the giant storm I mentioned last blog; some arty grape/fig/raspberry shots, the festival of light we are having now, Alan with his fav exhibit, and of the first communal meal (unfortunately they have it on each of the four days - too nice, yesterday stuffed cabbage, today bean-gulyas and strudel baked in the kemence. You can also have a look at Eric; the usual produce still-lives; the mandarin-tree the bears given us, the little roses we had for my birthday from Sz+Dr; the new wood furniture freely provided on the street, made by the village public labourers. Who will eat all these carrots - we plan to be in Greece for 4 months of the winter. Next few buckets will be given away. Wish us good luck - the table tennis championship tomorrow and we haven't played for about 6 months.

Monday, August 03, 2015

tropical fig days

yes, about the weather. Had horrid worst ever hail storm about 10 days ago - half-inch diameter ice pieces coming down heavily for more than 15 minutes. Luckily we picked the last lot of apricots the day before. From the giant Canadian lettuces the middle bit was left to use. It turned out that the few sweet-corn happily grown to normal size without leaves. Got eaten yesterday. The wine grapes gone funny, the eating ones and the raspberries are ok, most things recovered, though I'm not sure that there is time for marrows and cukes to grow again. There are some greengage - first time properly, the few that was not damaged. The figs are however going in a big way - wonder what to do with them, only so much one can eat, and we haven't touched the jam and compote I made last year... so now we have a bit of storm and rain every evening, a bit heavy before, but fairly fresh after, not too hot, 32C during the day, down to 20C at night. Oh, the carrots. Don't mention carrots. Tons of them still to process, even though it seems as I've been doing them forever. Animals all ok, little rabbits are getting bigger, ducks ditto, and one of the mummy-ducks is sitting on eggs again. Geese are nasty, sheep are sheepish, Bonzo getting fat. And we got Eric, the new cat that chosen us. Needs to get done if we are serious about this. Done fleaing and worming so far. Very affectionate and frightened of the storms and incredibly lazy. Tabby.We had the village saint's day (Anna) the Búcsú, we had a German youth choir down for the program from the Pécs Canta festival. We had Ida and Dotti visiting from Denmark - they were hostelguests a few years ago and stayed friends on facebook. Entertainig few days, and they made cake, too. Also had Jutka and Hani for 5 days - they both behaved well, so that was pleasant, too. My (lack of) big toe nail healed ok, not very pretty. Jenő and Guni took us to a Kassai Lajos horse - farm place. The area very pretty, the horsey show was a bit tedious (Kaposmérő) but we had an adventure with the waterbuffalo - that large black beast decided to play silly buggers and chased us a bit. Alan will enjoy to tell you the details in person... The gray cattle left us alone and we did not meet the wilde pigs... The meal in the Kassai restaurant was very pleasant. There were probably other stuff happening - but I was not making notes... the photos show a Canadian lettuce pre-hail, the apple tree that seem to be dying since the hail, the danish girls with the cake, beetroot in mid=process. Should have made one of the beautiful new bench and flower boxes the council gives away to all who promise to look after them. They are in front of no 71, and look rather good. Next time. I started another Futurelearn course, Childhood in the digital age.

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="" 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.