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The Good Life in Aggtelek National Park Part 68: Visit to a Local Organic Mangalica Farm

andras bariWe have often run into the Baris at various local festivals and events, such as the Gömör Gyömülcs Fesztival and the Tornabarakony Village Day. However, probably because we are not meat eaters, we have until now never gone to visit their farm.Read more »

The Good Life in Aggtelek National Park Part 67: A Spa Day in Lillafüred

palota hotel lillafuredAfter three years battling in the Hungarian courts, justice was finally served and I won my court case against DCE-Hungary in June over my former second hand bookstore, Treehugger Dan's. It has been a traumatic and frustrating experience, but ultimately worthwhile to pursue the case through the courts.Read more »

The Good Life in Aggtelek National Park Part 66: Miskolc Zoo

porcupine miskolc zooFor our granddaughter Lili's 7th birthday we took her to the Miskolc Zoo. Neither Kata nor I had ever been there, but it was not too hard to find. Sign posting is OK in downtown Miskolc, but then it disappears until the last minute right-hand turn for the Vadas Park (rather than zoo).Read more »

The Good Life in Aggtelek National Park Part 65: Cabbage Festival, Mushroom Picking and Canning

bodvaszilai cabbage festivalWhen we cleaned a new piece of land that had been overrun by acacia trees this spring, we discovered a couple hawthorn/thornapple trees hidden beneath the jungle. The hawthorn berry is supposed to be very healthy and is high in pectin, but the seeds are highly poisonous. Kata bravely picked 1kg of fruit - I say bravely because the tree is very thorny.Read more »

The Good Life in Aggtelek National Park Part 63: Bat Rescue

common noctule batI came home from work last week and found Kata in the front garden weeding among the flowers. When we turned to go into the house we both spotted a large brown blob on one of the gladioli next to the house. It was certainly not a flower, and we conjectured that it was a bat.Read more »

The Good Life in Aggtelek National Park Part 62: VII. Gömör Fruit Festival and Mushrooming Excursion

gömör fruit festivalIt appeared that the VII. Gömör Fruit Festival in Aggtelek would be rained out again, so we took the morning to process some of our tomatoes.Read more »

The Good Life in Aggtelek National Park Part 61: Fruit Harvest and Craft Beer

HBH restaurant and brewery kacinbarczikaOur annual fruit harvest once again failed, but luckily one of Kata's colleagues Erika allowed us to come and pick plums to our heart's content. Unlike most places in region, Aggtelek has a glut of fruit on the trees.Read more »