Giant slug

Giant slug

All summer we’ve had a plague of browny orange slugs and we’re really noticing the strange lack of slow worms and fire salamanders this year. However, this is the first slug of this type that i’ve encountered and it’s most definitely phobia inducing. I’m glad that my dog doesn’t eat them. My brother’s did and it was a constant concern about lung worm.

Samaritans in Svidnik

Samaritans in Svidnik

Whilst walking through Svidnik today I came across a display by the volunteer emergency and rescue group Asosiacia Samaritanov Slovenskej Republic – as-sr.sk. As my friend runs the branch, i got roped into being a guinea pig for a young girl who taught me the latest techniques in cpr – quite embarrassing to do on a dummy in the middle of a pedestrian zone. I also had my blood pressure checked by another volunteer, and then my finger was pricked and my blood tested for diabetes, all while a stern old nun looked on. This type of group needs as much charity support as they can get as I know they fly around the world at a moment’s notice to help in disaster zones

The Wolf Mountains

I’m often asked why I live where I do, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Watch the film ‘The Wolf Mountains’ (VlĨie Hory) and you’ll understand why. It’s filmed an hour away from me and, aside from the bison, wild horse and bear (thankfully), we get all the same wildlife right outside my back door. Living in my region, in terms of flora and fauna, is like living back in the Middle Ages – a state of natural beauty lost to the rest of Europe. Sadly, modern technology, urbanisation and mass farming are encroaching and I’m glad my children had the chance to grow up here before the wolf, boar, lynx, beaver, marten and stag are lost to corporate coffee shop chains, fast food outlets and genetically modified crops.

Humanity really needs to consider just what we’re leaving for future generations and losing for momentary greed