February 3rd, 2013
This is a must see film by our friend Paul Lister at the European Nature Trust (TENT)! This is the best film I have seen which highlights the plight of the remaining virgin forests in Transylvania in no nonsense terms.
May 19th, 2012
What is an acceptable level of risk in one community can be viewed quite differently in another. Today my neighbour's ten year old mare wandered along the street and past my house. He lets it out in the morning to graze on the grass verges, where it greets children on their way to school and stands patiently on the side of the road whilst tractors and cars pass. Nobody makes a fuss and certainly no one complains or calls the authorities. When it's finished wandering around it returns home and waits outside the gate until someone lets it into the barn. I just love it!
May 16th, 2012
The dangers from brown bear sows with cubs was aptly demonstrated here last weekend when a transhumant shepherd was badly mauled on a meadow between Ozsdola and our neighbouring village of Martinus. A sow with her two cubs were wandering next to a river when the shepherd's dogs intercepted the cubs. The mother bear quite naturally defended her young and charged the dogs, but unfortunately the shepherd went to investigate what the commotion was about. That was probably the biggest mistake of his life. Fortunately for him, one of the shepherd dogs showed absolutely no regard for its own personal safety and attacked the bear. Then his other dogs were joined by a group of livestock guardian dogs from another shepherd group, which took a combined effort by 11 dogs to deter the bear. The shepherd was the first to admit that the dogs saved his life. That was the first part of his ordeal. With no helicopter rescue, the victim then had to be extracted from the meadow by tractor and cart before being met by an ambulance on the nearest road. He had multiple wounds and suffered severe blood loss. This happened at 12 noon in bright sunshine.
October 19th, 2011
Gondos Pista bacsi - In loving memory of my good friend and neighbour Pista bacsi who passed away yesterday on October 18th 2011. I couldn't have asked for a better friend who was always there to assist and advise me. Pista will also be remembered by my numerous guests that came to visit me in Ozsdola. It became a tradition that Pista and his wonderful wife Gizike neni would host my visitors for an afternoon, which usually extended well into the evening! The incredible generosity and hospitality displayed by this Szekely couple will always be remembered and appreciated. Bercike, Pista's favourite dog seen here also passed away recently.