Firewood from the Forest – Real Country Cottage Life in Eastern Europe

This is the reality of rural living, especially in such a remote area as the Carpathian Mountains of East Slovakia. Winter is fast approaching and it’s a last minute rush to get in as much wood as possible to provide heating during the cold months. Last Winter lasted much longer than expected – until May, and it saw both my family and the other villagers running out of firewood. This year we’re expecting another long, cold and hard Winter so we’re overstocking on logs just in case.
My son Alex comes with me up into the hills to bring in another load of logs on a beautiful Autumn/Fall day. As always, we use the services of the village tractor driver. This time of year he’s extremely busy, and the valley rings out with the sound of chainsaws and circular saws from morning till evening. It’s back-breaking work but it’s an absolute necessity – and a chore I actually love doing as it brings me in such close contact with nature and our ancient past.

Filmed with a Xiaomi Rednote 9 Pro.
On location in the Carpathian Mountains of Slovakia.

Published by Carpathian Adventure

My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit

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