Russia Ukraine Conflict Deja Vu – Russia Versus the West again. Real Life World Of Tanks

Russia invades Ukraine. America, NATO and the West retaliate. What happens next? I’ll give you a clue: it won’t be short and sweet, nor will it be a picnic for those living in the vicinity. Like those living in my region, including my family and myself.This isn’t the first time my area, East Slovakia, hasContinue reading “Russia Ukraine Conflict Deja Vu – Russia Versus the West again. Real Life World Of Tanks”

Preparing for WW3 – Surviving Russia vs Ukraine, Off-Grid & Online

Russia vs Ukraine, NATO, the U.S… A war that would literally be on my doorstep. I thought I was prepared for anything – virtually off-grid, self-sufficient, experienced in bushcraft and outdoor skills… Just like many others who call themselves preppers and survivalists. But we live in the 21st Century, and the world is a muchContinue reading “Preparing for WW3 – Surviving Russia vs Ukraine, Off-Grid & Online”

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,Continue reading “Firewood from the Forest – Real Country Cottage Life in Eastern Europe”

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!

I’m in love… Land Rover Defender 110 Jameson’s Edition

Imagine my surprise. Today, sitting outside my office window in the arse-end of Slovakia was paradise incarnate. I honestly thought it was an early Christmas present. A black Land Rover Defender 110 expedition (with snorkel, of course), emblazoned with God’s own drink, Jameson’s Irish Malt. Just imagine – a Defender with a boot load ofContinue reading “I’m in love… Land Rover Defender 110 Jameson’s Edition”

Red Deer Stag Kills Man

A 78 year old man from Prievidza (a town in the west of Slovakia) has died in hospital a week after being attacked by a stag. Apparently, it was a spontaneous attack as the man tended his orchard – the stag charged and skewered him with its antlers. More can be read here – noviny.skContinue reading “Red Deer Stag Kills Man”

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”

New year, new wheels

It’s been a while since I last posted and a lot has happened. Thanks to the new wood stove we could stay at the house over Christmas and New Year at a livable although not comfortable temperature. New Year’s Eve was minus 15 Celsius and that was hard going. The stove now allows us toContinue reading “New year, new wheels”

New green ceramic wood stove

This week I realized an aim I’ve had for several years – to have a wood stove which cooks and heats. When we first bought the house it had one of the old, traditional brick and ceramic sit-on stoves, a giant contraption. Unfortunately, I tore it down and replaced it with a modern fireplace whichContinue reading “New green ceramic wood stove”