Your chance to have kittens

If you’ve always longed to have kittens, now’s your chance! Here are two Transylvanian feral kittens, about 12 weeks old, happy and growing fast. No longer wild, they purr like Ferraris and are now pretty tame. The girl is still a bit shy but no longer feral. No more hissing!

Click here for a short video of them.

Click here for a second short vid.

They’ve been wormed, but I will take them to the vet for a proper check-up and neutering before I let them go. They should stay together, and need a loving home where they’ll get affection, play and good food as well as care when necessary. They’re already very different characters, but both very sweet.

Fig, the boy (grey tabby and white) is smaller, but full of spirit, and loves to play. Loves cuddling, too, and promises to be very affectionate as he grows older.

Mango, the girl (with orange splashes in her brindle coat) is the bigger, but shyer of the pair. A fierce huntress, though, judging by the way she plays with a thing-on-a-stick toy. Has a massive purr and will snuggle inside a dressing gown very happily!

I love them already, of course, but I have a family of four cats who are ridiculously happy as they are, and don’t appreciate newcomers (I’ve had this problem with rescue kittens before). And six cats is a lot of cat.

If you would like Mango and Fig to be yours, and will give them a warm, loving home and lots of affection and care, do please send me an email to abbspepper@gmail.com.

NB They (we all) are in a mountain village in Transylvania, rural Romania, so long distance adoptions will be expensive… (best to adopt locally, really).

Mango, Fig and I hope to hear from you.

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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…

Just another Magura sunset

One of the things I love about being here is the clouds. Are you a cloud-watcher too? The sort of person who looks for shapes in the clouds, luxuriates in the colours and textures, is happy leaning on a fence and watching for ages? What do you see in tonight’s offering?

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Icy white Carpathian January

Forget frost – this is the real Transylvanian, Carpathian, Central European start to the New Year… Hard winter, knee deep powder, frozen pipes, icy fingers, cats by the fire, sun making diamond dust of the snow… Happy New Frozen Year!

A day out from Magura

Our nearest city is Brasov – the most beautiful city in Romania, in my opinion. Medieval bastions, cobbled streets, elegant 18th and 19th century civic buildings and houses, stunning churches, parks and gardens, public squares, and the citadel. All set against the green darkness of Mount Tâmpa and the surrounding forest and hills.

Here are some things to do in your day out Brasov, before coming home to Magura for your delicious countryside dinner.

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New book about Magura

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My new book, Fericita in Transilvania: drumul din Liverpool in Carpati, will be published by Editura All in mid-November. All about my life in Magura – how and why I came here, and why I’ve stayed – the book tells the story of why an English woman left a world-famous city for a remote mountain village in Romania.

Follow the book blog to find out about the book launch, events, signings, talks, offers, competitions and more.

If you’re searching for the right Christmas present, this might be the solution…

 

 

 

Turning leaves, early frosts

In October 2011 we were sitting in the main square in Sighisoara’s ancient citadel, when we noticed the chestnut tree over our heads. The long drought over summer and a short burst of snow had confused the tree, and amongst the swelling chestnuts and the shrivelled leaves were fresh green leaves and white flowers. The poor tree didn’t know if it was coming or going. Lots more photos of autumn colour in the new gallery

Sibiu, Oct 2011 (in drought)with Sue and Niall

Confused chestnut, Sibiu, Oct 2011 (in drought)