New book about Magura


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…




Two more photo galleries

For those of you who love Magura already, or who are looking for a great village to visit on your next Transylvanian trip, I’ve posted two more photo galleries of images in winter and spring.

Spring fever

Winter in Magura

Do go and have a look! I’ll put up some more photos soon…


Dog-faced moth has been identified

Agapeta zoegana, European moths, Romanian moths, Carpathian moths, Piatra Craiului, Sulphur Knapweed Moth,

Agapeta zoegana, or the sulphur knapweed moth, aka (in my house) the Dog-Faced Moth

My adorable little moth with his perky panting dog face, has been identified.

Professor Jim Hardie, Director of Science at the Royal Entomological Society in Britain, found him after much scratching of entomological heads, for which I am deeply grateful.

Little dog-face is Agapeta zoegana, or the sulphur knapweed moth. The larvae eat through the roots of knapweed, so it is a boon to farmers with invasive varieties of knapweed (particularly in the USA where Dog-Face isn’t a natural resident). Moths are collected in early August and put to work on sites where knapweed is a positive pest.

Here in Transylvania, where we have knapweed in healthy concentrations among the diverse wildflower meadows, Dog-Face can chomp through roots at leisure, stopping now and then for a photo opportunity in my kitchen.

Dog-faced moth

This little darling appeared on my kitchen window in Magura, and I need someone to tell me what it is. A moth, by the look of him, with his panting-dog mask. He’s about 1 cm long, and his small brown head looks like the dog’s tongue. Anyone know his name?

Moth, Transylvania, dog's face,

Panting-dog mask on moth’s wings

Wildflower cat

cat, Carpathians, wildflowers, Transylvania, Magura, Romania, wildlife, BrasovGeorge winding his lithe feline way through the wildflowers in my meadow, 1,000 metres up in Magura village, set in the Piatra Craiului national park.

Bear Sanctuary on our doorstep


Bear Sanctuary on our doorstep

This is Baloo, one of 70 bears who have been rescued and given a 69-acre home in the forest on the edge of Zarnesti (10km from Magura), at the Libearty Bear Sanctuary. You can visit (during the summer) any day except Monday, between 9am and 11am. A fantastic chance to see these remarkable animals – European Brown Bears – at close quarters. The 30-40 minute visit will cost you 40 lei (€9/£8). Click on the photo to see their website for the touching stories of the bears, and more information about the sanctuary’s work.