Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Back at Zdenka's House after Finishing Work in the Vineyard

Zdenka cooked for us delicious jota ... And there was lots of other food and wine of course ...

I believe that the responsibility of the winemaker is to take that fruit and get it into the bottle

as the most natural and purest expression of the vineyard, ... and of the vintage. (Robert M. Parker)

After a couple of months this will become excelent red wine: Karst teran.

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In the Vineyard

Hail noble fruit - by Homer sung,
Anacreon and Khayyam,
Thy praise is ever on the tongue
Of better men than I am. (Ambrose Bierce)

Bacchus we thank who gave us wine

Which warms the blood within our veins;

That nectar is itself divine. (Pierre Matin)

If God forbade drinking, would He have made wine so good? (Cardinal Richeleu)

Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved. (Medieval German saying)

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The Smarje village. In the distance Mt. Nanos.

Picking grapes in a vineyard in Smarje.

The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust. (Anacharsis, Scythian philosopher)

Grapes are the most noble and challenging of fruits. (Malcolm Dunn)

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Swimming among water lilies.


We ended the trip to Hungary with a cup of coffee

and a piece of Dobos cake.

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Statue of empress Maria Theresa of Austria in Heviz.

Heviz Spa.

The curative effect of the lake was probably known to the ancient Romans. Later Germans and Slavs used it.

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I do adore food. If I have any vice it's eating.

If I was told I could only eat one food for the rest of my life,

I could put up with sausage and mash forever. (Colin Baker)

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When summer opens, I see how fast it matures, and fear it will be short, but after the heats of July and August,

I am reconciled, like one who had his swing, to the cool of autumn. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Vineyards of Badacsony.

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Picking Mushrooms in Hungary

Macrolepiota procera.

Macrolepiota procera.

Boletus aestivalis.

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The Balaton Lake

If you gave me several million years,

there would be nothing that did not grow in beauty

if it were surrounded by water. (Jan Erik Vold)

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Monday, September 21, 2009

The Badacsony Geological-Botanical National Park

Basalt layers.

When a couple sits on this rock like this one ...

they will stay together forever ...

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Once Upon a Time There Was ...


Yugoslavia ...

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Friday, September 18, 2009


I am a mushroom; on whom the dew of heaven drops now and then. (John Ford)

Nature alone is antique and the oldest art is mushroom. (Thomas Carlyle)

All mushrooms are edible - once. (Unknown)

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