100-Year-Old Hungarian Farm


From April 25-May 18, 2012, we stayed in this lovely farmhouse just outside of Hegyesd, Hungary, a village area of about 70 homes. The beauty of the setting and the old buildings inspired me, and I thought it might inspire you as well. 




I would love to have an old stone building in my back yard, but that won't happen. But I wonder if there's something of this beauty I can recreate when we return home. Any ideas? Even if I can't recreate it, I was inspired by the beauty and mystery of God's creation and man's history during our month stay.



I won't describe each photo...they are in no special order.





I wonder what tragedies and joys these stone walls have seen. Hungarians have had a hard history: they lost more than half of their land after WWI, were occupied by the Nazis in WWII and were "liberated" by the Russians (read oppressed) for 40 of the last 100 years.


Why were we living at the farmhouse for a month? We were filling in for our missionary friends while they were on furlough in Canada. They minister in Hegyesd and in the nearby city of Tapolca, offering English Clubs, Bible studies and summer camp ministry; and they rent this lovely piece of history for their home.




I love the simple beauty of the twisted branches in this fence that ran the entire circumference of the property like a giant wreath. And I'm thinking I need a grapevine wreath for my home when we return to the States...a reminder of this beautifully weathered fence. Something simple, rugged, with a simple touch of color added like the green grass.




And the weeds were lovely...something I never say about weeds in our yard in the States.



You might enjoy my one-minute devotion about creating "Stones of Remembrance" in your home.


When I saw this old watering can sitting in one of the sheds, I thought it needed to be added to some of the scenery.



And I love the way this old roll press was abandoned against the wall of one of the buildings.




I found this headboard leaning against the wall in one of the buildings and thought the wood and stone made a beautiful contrast of colors and textures.

A door to stop sleep-walking, I would think : )


They were doing repairs and improvements on the farmhouse while we were there, and they had to get rid of the wooden door you see in the photo below (which I took last year when we visited).


I'm always taking pictures of doors, windows and shutters. Not sure why I enjoy them so much. But I enjoyed this photo because of the contrast between the door and the child's ball which just happened to be in the yard that day: old, useful, aged to perfection vs. new, colorful, just for fun. (You might like my post: Doors of Dubrovnik, Croatia.)


A shepherd lives directly across the road from the farmhouse. Sheep and shepherds have so many analogies in Scripture...I enjoyed watching them.


This stork was not actually on the farm but in a nearby village on a telephone pole. In the spring, storks in the Hungarian countryside make their large nests on top of chimneys and telephone poles. They are such an unusual site for Americans, so I thought you'd like to see this one...no baby in tow though : )  It's interesting how many baby shower items these stately birds inspire.

What blessings we enjoyed today on the farm...fresh smells and fresh air, scenes that looked similar to how they looked 100 years ago (minus the telephone poles), wild flowers dancing across the yard, stone buildings that have stood despite the storms of history...showing us we also can stand in our storms with the Stone the Builders Rejected.



Well, it was fun having you visit us on the farm. I hope it inspired you creatively in some way...gave you an idea for your garden or home. 

While you're here, I invite you to visit my home page where I seek to inspire others through one-minute devotions about the Lord--a place where I share my struggles and victories, sorrows and joys. I send these one-minute devotions to my subscribers each weekday and I include links to my creative posts as well.

31 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing! Very nice!

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  2. Oh, so beautiful, Gail! My hubby and I are rock collectors, and that's not just the little stones, but big rocks, too! I would love to have a stone cottage or structure, too! And the fence is very unique! I was touched by the fact that you found such beauty in even the small things ~ watering can, roll press, headboard, etc. There are so many gifts to be thankful for!! Thanks for sharing these!!

    In His Lo♥e, Ann

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  3. Wow, absolutely beautiful! I'm a tad envious. :)

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    1. Would it help if I told you that we had dogs serenade us all night long and lots of bugs? : ) We did.

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  4. Gail...Just beautiful!!! Great shots! Thank you for sharing at WJIM this week.

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  5. What a beautiful old building! One of my high school mentors used to collect little stones and pebbles from meaningful place she visited and keep them in a little pile near her Bible, like the altars or markers set up in the Old Testament to mark the places where God showed up and did something awesome. That might be something as beautiful and inspiring you could recreate at home. :)

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    1. That's a great idea. I hadn't thought of it, but it sounds like a post I wrote called Stones of Remembrance (http://biblelovenotes.blogspot.hu/2011/08/what-are-your-stones-of-remembrance.html).

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  6. Such incredible photos, Gail. Thanks for sharing them. What an adventure for you and Mike. Luved your contrasts too. I'd luv a stone home. There's one on Trenholm Road I admire every time I pass by it.

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  7. LOVELY! I could spend a month... or year there! Thank you for sharing about your experience!

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  8. Your photos are beautiful! Hungary is one of my favorite countries.

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  9. What a beautiful scene in the first photo! I love those old stone buildings and the twisted branch fence. Thanks for sharing your stay there.
    Visiting from Potpourri Friday.

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  10. Hi Gail, I came over from One Minute Bible Love Notes, so i'ts a year after your original post. Did you make or buy a grapevine wreath for your home? I loved that fence and the wonderful stone buildings! I just wondered what you "brought home" from your trip? I would have wanted that old, cool door. Hmm. Carry on?? :-)

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    1. Yes, I would love to have that old door too, Marilyn. But I must be honest and admit that I didn't make or buy a grapevine wreath....it's still on my list.

      I did bring back some Hungarian items from that trip, but nothing that really represented this wonderful old farm. To read the post about them, Click "Creative Home" on my topbar. When that window opens click "Home Decor" then "Vintate Hungarian Decor."


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  11. OMYGOSH, this is something like out of a beautiful dream....or a really great movie. How wonderful to be able to experience living there.
    Over from Creative Home

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    1. Yes, BJ, it was really like taking a walk back in time. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. What a beautiful place to stay! How fortunate you were to enjoy such a lovely and peaceful setting.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Suzanne
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks. Links open till Friday.

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  13. I love the pictures - what a beautiful place to live.

    Have you heard the children's story called 'Wheel on the Chimney' by Margaret Wise Brown? It's a fun story you can probably find at the library & I think it's set in Europe, maybe Hungary. Your stork picture brought back memories of reading it aloud to my son.

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  14. Such lovely photos, looks like a very restful place!

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  15. Lovely post Gail, thank you so much for sharing your heart and photography with us at the Pretty Things party!

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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  16. Hi Gail,

    Visiting via Stephanie's today. This beautiful stone farmhouse nestled in such a pastoral setting, is indeed, quite inspiring! The landscape of Crete is dotted with similar stone structures, each one withstanding the elements of time and climate, and in doing so, collecting many stories that are shared among family, friends and those who pass its path. Thanks for these most enchanting images.

    Poppy

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  17. Slightly envious. :) My husband and I would love to be missionaries to a foreign people, but unfortunately our church at this time isn't sending anyone personally. The land you stayed on is amazing and so etched in time!

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  18. What a lovely place! I love building made of stone and walls too. I've often thought about how I could incorporate that look into my yard but haven't come up with any doable ideas yet.

    Thanks for linking up to the Creative HomeAcre Blog Hop. We hope to see you again this Sunday!

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  19. Gorgeous! All of the pictures are wonderful and peacefule, but I love all of the old stone.

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  20. Beautiful photos! I would spend hours/days wandering all over and taking photos. I would love it if you would share with us at Photog Show and Tell Link Party.

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  21. How beautiful the stone is, Gail. I love stone on houses {and stone walls, stone walkways, etc.!}. I had to laugh at the stork on top of the pole. The nest looks bigger than the diameter of the pole!

    Thanks for linking up to The Creative HomeAcre blog hop! : )

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  22. Hope you found peace there...just looking at the photos lowered my bp!

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  23. Such a lovely place! Looks so serene and peaceful.....I would love to be able to explore a place like that. Love the stone house and enjoy all the pictures too! :) Thanks for sharing all this beauty!

    Debi

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  24. Oh, this looks so similar to my country home (Romania) and so close, too... I love doors, too!! :) I realized it only after my husband and I along with some friends walked around Philadelphia and at the end of the day I had my phone exploding with photos of doors... :))

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