Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle

Having just read Petes blog post on recycling I thought I would throw in my tuppence worth, not that Petes observation surprises me, on the contrary its just another example of what really happens behind the facade that many of us hide behind, fooling ourselves that we are doing our bit for the environment by […]

And then there were five

I keep mentioning the dogs as I seem to spend so much time with them, at least two hours a day walking them, if not more, especially now I have lots of free time! I think I’ve also mentioned in the past that I am in a minority in the village, not because I’m English; […]

Home alone

Well not so much alone, but without Gosia. That’s right, she has left me! I know its hard to believe after all these years, the ups, the downs, the dreams we shared, the plans we made. How could she do it, where has she gone? Holland, that’s where, to earn some money to keep me […]

unwanted ads

If you read my post on Awards then you should read this as well, I had no idea about the adverts. Mind you I guess it’s also a sign of your success if wordpress start to advertise on your blog; none on mine yet! Thankfully

Its a way of life

As we arrived back in Rzemien last week from our two day trip to the house, we were greeted by Gosias parents along with two of their grandchildren (aged 14 and 17); all sitting round the table, armed with knives, shelling walnuts. The task at hand was to come up with 3Kg of shelled walnuts […]

A recipe

I know its a little off subject, but then the more I look back over my posts the more I realise there is no real subject, although I’m sure my niche in straw bale building and composting toilets will come into it’s own as time passes and the sun begins to shine once again. In […]

That was the week that was

I have now settled at my winter weight of around 85Kg, helped by generous portions of delicious food and copious amounts of alcohol; well maybe not copious; but more than enough! I no longer need to wear a belt when wearing several pairs of trousers (not all at once) and when I do it looks […]

Low pressure

It’s nothing to do with the weather, although we did wake up to snow; which is fitting for the time of year. Low pressure as in no pressure, that’s the general feeling I get about Christmas in Poland. The children have already received there presents back on December the 6th, St Nicolas’s names day and […]

Food, glorious homemade food

As the smells from the kitchen drift through the house I type contentedly, smiling to myself; in the knowledge that my belly will be full of wonderful, traditional, Polish food, sometime soon. Pierogi (ruskie and kapusta), golabki, sznycel, krokiety, kotlety, krupnik (not the honey vodka), bigos, kapusniak, to name but a few of my favourite […]

Be aware of awards

I was recently nominated for an award by one of my few readers, http://solarbeez.com/, something that I was very flattered to receive. I have followed Solarbeez for a number of months and enjoy reading his articles on natural beekeeping and his other ethical living antics, take a look for yourself. Curious as I am, that […]

Blogged up!

As the cold weather traps me indoors at the in-laws I thought I would have loads of time to devote to blogging, reading, planning, learning Polish and getting my paperwork in order. And guess what, I haven’t achieved anything; I’m blogged up! True I have started to map our land in an Excel spread sheet […]

Just a quickie

I suddenly realised that I write more about our life in Poland than the straw bale house that we are building, so to bring you up to speed, that’s if you haven’t checked my website, I have added a  new page ‘before the blog‘.which is now up to date; as you may have noticed from some […]

Frozen Baby Wipes!

After such a long break back in Rzemien we had started to go a little crazy, thinking about all the things we should be getting on with back at the house: walls to trim back ready for the electrical cables and fittings, internal walls to build which will then allow us to start on the plumbing, […]

The camera never lies

I may have mentioned that the cold air and snow is now here to stay in Poland, certainly beyond the 10-day forecast that I check almost every day, yesterday we woke to -16ºc (outside) so the prospect of walking the dogs didn’t fill me with the usual joy! Mind you by the time I’d had […]

Lazy winter week

I know that the norm is to have lazy summer days, but we were busy, so as the snow piles up and the temperatures drop, settled in the warm comfort of Gosia parents home in Rzemien; we thought we would have a lazy week. I say lazy as we haven’t done any physical work or […]

Teabags, Marmite and mustard

The three things that any food wholesaler should be importing into Poland, because try as I might I can’t find them, not even in Tesco; I’d like to make it clear that Tesco was a last resort as I hold them and many other supermarkets responsible for the demise of country life and community, so […]

To coppice or not to coppice, that is the question

One of our hopes for the future is to be self-sufficient in wood as a fuel for our heating and some of our cooking, I would say all of our cooking but I don’t think it will be practical or realistic  to cook on the wood burning piec in the height of summer; 35ºC is not […]

Snow, aerobics and mixing your drinks!

So the snow has arrived, not for the first time this year, but in a more convincing manner than before. A good 3-4 inches (about 10cm) came down on Sunday evening, running into Monday; backed up with temperatures on the minus side to harden up any snow daft enough to try and melt, so slippery […]

Live from Pstrongowa; the Doors

‘Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel’ Gosia said to me as we made our way steadily to Pstrongowa with our new doors on the roof of the van, we have a roof rack; but the door frame was a little bit wider than that, so it literally was on […]

Pile on the pile

Yes you’ve guessed it, its that time again; right on schedule, which is more than I can say for this post as I attended to the toilet yesterday. For any new readers I am keeping a composting toilet diary, to try and explode the many myths there are out there about human waste; inspired by […]