Mushroom Picking – Experience Nature and Understand Who You Are

Back in the forests of the Carpathian Mountains of East Slovakia, this time looking for birch bolete and cep (porcini) mushrooms. After seeing the prices of cep (and we’re not going to even mention black or white truffles) in the Italian speaking Istria region of Croatia, and how much visitors are charged to spend aContinue reading “Mushroom Picking – Experience Nature and Understand Who You Are”

I’m back and I’m mobile…

It’s been a few years since I used carpathianadventure.com as I had combined my main site with my blog. Looking back I think that was a mistake, which I now plan to rectify. There is a great community who use WordPress, and I feel my daily blog fits this site much better. There have beenContinue reading “I’m back and I’m mobile…”

Still blogging…

For those of you who think I’ve just disappeared after ceasing to maintain the carpathianadventure site, you can follow the adventure I call life at http://edwardotoole.com/blog/ I miss many of you and your comments so come over and pay me a visit!

Creepy Forest Ghost Spot Creature

No idea what this is:   A strange object I captured on the trail cam in the forest (photo frames, not video). It appears to be about a foot long, vertical and consists of 5 small equidistant ‘spots’. Bizarrely, it’s in the same location that we had a tree come crashing down in front ofContinue reading “Creepy Forest Ghost Spot Creature”

Pension Poľská krčma,Horný Smokovec, Tatra Mountains, review

Over the weekend we stayed at my friend’s Pension (sort of like an inn) in the Tatra Mountains. It’s called, bizarrely, Poľská krčma, which means the Polish Bar. She and her partner have only had it for a few months (since December) and have done quite a bit of reconstruction on it. It’s in anContinue reading “Pension Poľská krčma,Horný Smokovec, Tatra Mountains, review”

Trip to the Tatra Mountains

We’ve just got back from a few days break away in the Tatra Mountains in North Central Slovakia. Thankfully, it wasn’t having the same weather as we have had for the last few months. The air was clear, cold and bright rather than damp, foggy and swampy – although we do have a lot moreContinue reading “Trip to the Tatra Mountains”

Art Exhibition in Svidnik, Slovakia

Yesterday was the opening party of my art exhibition in Svidnik. While I’ve had paintings exhibited more recently because of winning various competitions, this is the first solo exhibition I’ve held for 3 years. I included a few of my older works (mostly nudes) but the main focus this year was my new abstract collection.Continue reading “Art Exhibition in Svidnik, Slovakia”

Hallowe’en and first frost

The days are shorter, the nights are longer and the first frost has arrived. Yesterday was Hallowe’en and it was an odd day. In the morning, one of the pinned postcards on the cork board in the kitchen fell down and my wife decided to throw it in the bin. I told her it wasContinue reading “Hallowe’en and first frost”

Fanny Burgers

When I’m feeling hungry, there’s nothing else that satisfies the craving other than juicy Fanny Burgers (the British and not the American kind…). This is another classic example of a foreign (Slovak) product or company which somehow didn’t quite get the original connotations. In this case it’s because Slovaks learn to say the English ‘u’Continue reading “Fanny Burgers”

Red Deer Stag Rut Call

Every Autumn, the valley around my village livens up at night as all the giant Carpathian stags bellow out their presence and challenge the other males for dominance of the vast red deer herds. This recording is of a stag and his challengers literally outside my back window. The sound of a stag in rut,Continue reading “Red Deer Stag Rut Call”