From Serbia to Kington
Some interesting people have come to live near Kington recently – back from 10 years or more in Serbia. Trish and Robert MacCurrach say they are looking to buy a house and plant an orchard or buy an orchard and build a house in it!
They still have their farmhouse in Serbia which is available for holidays with a difference, and their current enterprise is importing those wonderful hanging enamel cooking pots you use over an open fire on a tripod – called Kotlich. I have one of these myself and it has transformed our ability to sit and eat outside on those chilly summer evenings in the Welsh mountains. Trish’s Kotlich website is a real inspiration to cook outside the way they do in Serbia.
Here is what Trish has to say about their interest in sustainability and
how their experiences in Serbia have been so formative. (This is just to whet your appetite – they have promised to write an article for us). R.B.
“One of us would love to write an article about Serbia and sustainability; probably Robert, my husband, is the best bet as he has already written a book about Vojvodina (Northern Serbia, which was once Hungary), and he loves writing. (looking for a publisher). Robert has brilliant photos on the subject - combination planting, horses working the fields and different landscapes, habitats that support different birds, rodents etc. He is preparing a talk for a group in Devon for February so after that he will have a Power Point presentation. This would make an interesting evening and fun. He is also a very keen cycler and birder.
www.maccurrach.com is Robert's blog on Serbia, biking, birding, sustainability, faith and people.
www.stara-moravica.com is our village farmhouse in Northern Serbia. We advertised village tours this year. Staying in the farmhouse affords the options of pig killings, zimnica/pickle making, cheese making, cherry picking and then jam, rakija brewing etc. These activities all take place at different farmhouses reached by bike. There is a canoe at the house and a village lake, plus Olympic-sized swimming pool during the summer holidays. It is available for self-catering holidays and we can book up events that people want.
www.outdoor-kitchen.biz is the kotlich and tripod web site.”