Category Archive: living free

Meeting with the British Ambassador

british ambassador to slovakia

Last night, my wife and I went to Presov to an informal drinks-and-chat with His Excellency the British Ambassador to Slovakia, Andrew Garth, arranged by the Honorary Consul, Simon Lambourne. The do was held at Double Tiffany’s restaurant (which I would heartily not recommend), and a handful of other ex-pats and their wives attended. The […]

DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak

My younger boy, Alex, introduced me to this tune last night while we’re we were driving back from Presov in the Discovery. Good stuff. The video reminds me of a session of the Ukraine parliament.

When the fox sits with deer

reddeerfox

This photo carries such enormous weight and induces a realization which could easily be dismissed as anthropomorphisation. But it isn’t. They’re wild animals. However, the event surrounding the photograph kept me awake all night thinking about it with a deep sadness and an attempt at understanding. We’d been on our evening walk when we encountered […]

Red Deer Stag Rut

stagfield

It’s that time of year again when the valley in which my house is located resounds with the baying of rutting stags, day and night. This year there are quite a few of them. It’s amazing to be in the middle of a challenge and to watch these giant beasts screaming at each other. One […]

The end of summer

doublerainbow

A double rainbow… Summer just wasn’t long enough this year. In fact, life isn’t long enough. There are so many things to do and see, and places to go. Autumn is being a real let down with night time temperatures around zero, meaning it looks like we’re just going to go straight into winter. I […]

An Almost Perfect Summer’s Day

edwardotooleshooting

Yesterday was one of those days that really makes me appreciate my lifestyle choices. It was scorching hot, about 35 degrees Centigrade, and I’m in my country house. I spent the morning doing some finishing work on one of my hide paintings I’m currently working on, then moved into the garden to saw, sand and […]

Arillas Corfu Holiday 2017

arillascorfu

Yesterday we returned, exhausted, after a week’s holiday to the tiny resort village of Arillas, Corfu. Prior to going I was a bit concerned that we’d be in some mega resort filled with lager louts and 24 hour nightclubs but the opposite was true. It was peaceful, beautiful and filled with nature. We stayed at […]

All creatures great and small

stormsunset

Summer is finally here and with it comes a selection of animals that we don’t see at other times of the year. Sadly, even after a horrifically long and cold winter, we’ve only had a few hot days thus far. Hopefully, the weather will pick up at some point. Probably the most noticeable summer visitor […]

Back on two wheels – BMW F650GS

f650gsedwardotoole

  This year my old bike, Feisty, an Aprilia Pegaso 650, went past the MOT deadline and I was stuck looking for parts. I decided to sell her because she spent far more time in the garage (or in bits) than she did on the road. I needed something more reliable and, when my friend […]

This Little Piggie…

wildboarsowpiglet

This is a perfect example of what you don’t want to meet in the forest – a Wild Boar sow and her piglet (specifically, a ‘squeaker’). This was taken on an RD1000 trailcam outside my village in the Carpathian hills of north-eastern Slovakia. It always amazes me how the single-most cute creature on the planet, […]

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