When I bought a house in a small village near the Kis Balaton in Western Hungary, I only ever intended it to be a weekend/holiday getaway. But village life has worked its magic and now I find it hard to leave.

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Many moons ago, friends shared a house with a girl who'd come…

Childhood revisited

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I used to hate the summers when I was growing up. And I'm still…

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If memory serves me correctly, something it rarely does these…

All in a name

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I'm a great fan of Oscar Wilde and one of my favourite plays…

Rephrasing the ask

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When I told my mother that I wasn't doing guilt any more, she…

Reluctant to leave

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After a number of years of living in rural Alaska, I began to…

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It's hard to go back, they say. Things never quite live up to…

Home on the range

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One of the many joys of living in Budapest is the huge amount…

Country remedies

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I parked Ime on the grass inside the gate. I was basking in the…