I live in a fairytale

My family came to Magura this month, for their first visit. My brother Charles couldn’t get over the beauty of the place and told everyone it was like being in a fairytale. He’s right, and I am grateful for that every day.

Not only it is very beautiful here – the landscape, the weather, everything – but life in rural Transylvania offers up constant treats. Here’s my neighbour Roxana with her two daughters, another neighbour, Georgi, and her schoolfriend. They were in traditional dress, on their way to a wedding in the village, where they were going to sing for the bride. They took the time, however, to give us a preview. How much more charming could you get?

Roxana & girls singing

{Thanks to Charles for the images – the light looks a bit weird because the sun was so bright the camera couldn’t quite cope with the contrast]

Cooling, calming storm

Yesterday we had a bit of a thunderstorm. Lots of amazing hail, with stones the size of hazelnuts cracking and clattering on the roof, the windows and doors, bouncing or pinging off surfaces after landing at speed. Then the hail stopped and the rain lessened, and we had some time of distant thunder and lightning, while the animals and birds and insects kept going, and the rain fell on millions of leaves. For friends in hot, humid Bucharest and other cities, it’s a few moments of cool country weather to calm the overheated mind. Aaaaahhhhhh….

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A month ago… on 20th April…

The thunderstorm today brought the temperature down, sure enough. But it’s Spring, and it rains. that’s fine.

But it was also Spring exactly a month ago, on 20th April. And this is what my garden looked like then. April. Late.