In September we went to visit a picturesque little village called Cecmany, which is famous for these painted houses.
This is the view from our backyard, early on an October morning. Our house is right on the edge of the village, with only farmland and forest behind.
This is Jim wearing a Russian hat.
In early October we went for a drive into the forest and did some mushroom picking, a very Slovak activity. We
While we were in Syria and Turkey, we met a Japanese guy named Yoshi who was also travelling around the world. When he made it up to Slovakia in October he came and stayed with us for a few days. This is us sitting in the backyard enjoying the tail-end of summer.
Janes mum works at a hospital for mentally disabled men. One day we went up there to play a bit of ping pong with them. Here is Jane kicking some arse.
And then, rather suddenly, we went from autumn one day to heavy snow the next. This is the backyard after half a day of snow.
This is Jims birthday at the Zlaty Dukat restaurant with the family.
In early December a lot of families invite friends over to kill a pig. They shoot the poor piggy between the eyes at the crack of dawn, then spend the rest of the day carving him up in all directions. Almost every single part of the pig is used in some way. The idea is that one pig can be used throughout the cold of winter. This first photo shows some of the pig-killers standing around, mixing innards in a big boiling pot.
This second photo shows a hanging bag of fat.
Here are some photos from our last three months in Slovakia.