These things normally happen when we are travelling, but no, this is just a morning walk outside our doorstep!

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A walk along the vineyards

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The crunchy sound of dry leaves in the Autumn is music to the ears.

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A traditional wine house in the vineyards.

20161025_102001Our friend; Ferenc, inviting us to his wine house at 9 in the morning: “Come, let’s have a shot of palinka (fruit liquor that has a strong alcohol content).”

It’s a tradition in rural Hungary to be offered palinka and it is only polite to accept it.
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“If you eat apple with your palinka, it will taste sweeter” says Ferenc looking for a knife to slice the apple.

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Ferenc looking at the spelling of “Philippines” which I have written on the newspaper.

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It’s mushroom picking time. Whoah! this is a giant!

 

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“The hills are alive…” (Sound of Music)
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Our mushroom harvest for today.

 

Autumn in the Zala

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…is when you don’t have to buy apples because your neighbours will always share their bounty with you

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…is the season to harvest your herbs, for drying over the hearth. They’re great for topping your homemade pizza, stuffing your Christmas turkey, etc.

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…is the time to go photo scouting for staggering scenery, to share with others who don’t have the same chance as you.

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… is when you are always feeling happy and grateful, even on your own, what with these magical surroundings that perk you up everytime you get out of the house

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Oh Autumn, lovely Autumn, you are my favourite season of the year..

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And who wouldn’t feel the same way?