Poland ~April 2017~ Beaver Dam & stuff.

After our walk in Big Wood, Eddy took us out in his trusty van to the shop for some bits and bobs, and just down the road was a nest on top of a telephone post, home to a pair of storks on the way back to the house we stopped to visit the Beaver Dam which was quite amazing to me as I’d never seen one before. They’d diverted a little stream that runs along the side of the road and made a huge pond You can see the damage they are doing to the trees There were some pretty…

Poland report~April 2017~Part 6~Big Woods

On the Sunday of our stay with Eddy we had a chill out day and stayed in the area.  After breakfast Eddy & Malina took Phil & I for a walk through Big Wood to where they have their Bar-B-Q’s.  It was built by Eddy’s neighbour and friend, so Eddy is allowed to use it too.     Big Wood was astonishingly beautiful, glowing green leaves and tall trees The Bar-B-Q area was really well put together Of course Eddy’s three dogs Jackie,Denis and Sasha had come with us, and Malina demonstrated how Jackie loves to catch sand! and then we…

Poland 2017 ~Part 5~ Łańcut Castle~ interior

Here we go on the 1/2 hour run through the castle, without a guide we had nothing to tell us about anything, but there’s plenty on wiki and the castle’s own site. Artists and architects who worked in Łańcut incorporated a variety of styles in the castles architecture. The lush classicist stucco works, which can still be seen today were made by Fryderyk Bauman. Apart from classicist, also rococo and Neo-Gothic decorative elements were created. Some made clear reference to the Orient and pre-romantic trends. The castle also received an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures purchased mainly during numerous…

Poland April 2017~part 4~ Łańcut Castle Grounds

  Part 1 HERE.  Part 2 HERE. Part 3 HERE. After our visit to the Ulma Museum, we went to visit Łańcut Castle.  The castle was originally built in the second half of the 16th century, but was later modernised into a palace-residence by its owners. It was once home to two greatest Polish families – first, until 1816, the Lubomirski family, and later – until 1944 – the Potocki clan. It has a long involved history of changing hands and being re-modelled, and you can find the link to that HERE. Nowadays Łańcut Castle is one the most famous aristocratic…

Poland April 2017~part 3 ~ Museum Ulma

Part 1 HERE.   Part 2 HERE On the Saturday of our weekend with Eddy & Gosia, we all went out for the day.  Firstly we visited the Museum Ulma at Markowa. The museum is quite small but beautifully presented.  On the wall outside are the names of all the Poles who saved Jews Josef & Wiktoria There are many displays inside, lots of old photographs, household items and is based on a recreation of the Ulma’s family house.  I didn’t take a lot of pictures as there was a lot of reflective glass to contend with, also a herd of visitors in…

Poland April 2017~ part 2

Part 1 HERE Eddy’s home is set in a fair acreage of land, and the views from his balcony are stunning, so today I’ll show you the outside and around.       Eddy has a basement workshop where he saws wood and does manly DIY stuff, and Gosia makes soaps, After we had a look around the workshop, Eddy took us off to his shed to feed the goats and rabbits. The shed is huge! Eddy has two shed cats, we didn’t see Boris but Silvex was in-house   There are 6 lady goats whose names I can’t remember…

Fraggle Report ~ Poland April 2017~part 1

Here it is then 🙂 My trip to Poland came about when Eddy on his blog (which can be found HERE) offered a free weekend B&B if someone would take photo’s of the house for his website advertising the B&B, and then Pete (who’s blog can be found HERE) suggested Eddy asked me. To cut a long story short, 4 weeks later Phil and I set off for Krakow from Newcastle and arrived on a dark and stormy Friday night.  I recognised Eddy straight way as we came out of the airport though I’d never seen a picture of him before,and even though…