More maps to orientate you

These are two of the seven maps I’ve uploaded to the ‘Where we are‘ page, which should give you a better idea of where we are, from Romania’s place in Europe to the coordinates of the village. Now you have no excuse for not finding us…

More books to read here

I’ve updated the books page on this site with two new entries on the non-fiction page and an interloping entry on the fiction page. If you’re coming to Transylvania, or have been here, and want to read more, here are some cracking books to buy or borrow. Here’s the non-fiction page to start with.

Thunderstorm magic – cool down

Yesterday, Magura had the best of a gentle thunderstorm (must have been violent off to the south-west) with a hail shower, distant lightning and rumbling thunder. This cool, damp greenery makes for relaxing viewing in these two little vids. In the first, you can hear the huge hailstones clattering and bouncing off the house; in the second, the birds, animals and insects keep singing as the thunder growls over the Bucegi Mountains. A classic countryside moment to cool down all you overheated city dwellers, sticky with humidity and longing for the cold sting of rain…

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Sun and shadow as the weather changes

Medicine Cabinet Salad (MCS)

My ‘lawn’, which is actually part of a virgin wildflower meadow, is crammed full of medicinal plants and herbs, so by eating my way through the lawn over the spring and summer, I should be bursting with health.

Today I had my first MCS – mostly salad things from the shop (celery, butter lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese and toasted sesame seeds, with a squeeze of lime juice) but the final thawing of snow and a return to seasonal temperatures gave me a handful of chickweed to add to the much less nutritious commercial stuff.

Here’s a link to more information about chickweed‘s incredible list of nutrients and properties. No wonder chicks love it (and they do!). We’ll be competing for it…

Chickweed in my vegetable garden

The spinach bed is crammed with chickweed, which makes a tasty and highly nutritious salad…

Mixed salad in a bowl

My lunch – salad with sesame, feta… and chickweed fresh from the garden

Happy May Day!

After a wet, foggy weekend, 1st May is mild, still and dry, the sun trying to break through the hazy cloud and everyone about their Spring business.

How’s your Monday?

Fishy patterns on the hills

Snow melting in bright sun today. Fierce winds blowing from the north, but blue skies offer hope of a returning Spring.

The patterns of the melting snow remind me of shagreen – shark skin to be made into objects d’art. A green leopard shark, perhaps, or a coral reef-dwelling fish. Beautiful!

New tourist train set to travel through Transylvania this summer

If you’re thinking about coming to Transylvania this summer, here’s a treat to think about.

The trip is from August 31-September 3rd. You can contact the tourist agency, Globe 365-Travel Boutique, at this email office@globe365.ro   Their facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Globe365.ro/posts/784263498423039

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If you want to visit Transylvania in a slow pace, a tourist train is set to travel at the end of August through Transylvania.

Visitors will be able to visit Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu and Fagaras. The train is called Transylvania train and it is reserved only for tourists. The tour starts in Brasov and stops for a few days in Medias and Sibiu.

The tour is meant to introduce tourists into the atmosphere of Transylvanian traditions and experiences. The tour has a flexible schedule and has plenty of activities, such as wine tasting, workshops, live demonstrations and picnics.

The train has a bar-bistro and the rest of the wagons have chairs and tables. There are 180 places available.

The tour is set as such-

Day 1– Leaving Brasov 9.30 a.m.

10. a.m. Travelling to Archita

12.30 Visiting Cloastef, Meserdorf, Viscri and Crit villages

1.30 Lunch at the Haferland tower

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