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La Dolce Vita…

June 9, 2015

Tho Wolf Boys, Romulus and Remus

Tho Wolf Boys, Romulus and Remus

 

Uncle Remus - unrelated to the unreal Wolf kids story

Uncle Remus – unrelated to the unreal Wolf kids story

Some background info for my Italian trip…

According to the legend, it started with the wolf kids, Romulus and Remus.  Romulus established Rome and Remus did not come to America to become Uncle Remus, a fictional character telling folk tales in post- reconstruction era America. He was killed by Romulus.  In fact, the wolf story has never been true.  Rome had a

a Martian nothing to do with the history of Rome...

a Martian nothing to do with the history of Rome…

boring  start on a  marshland with three tribes they were not Martians. The three tribes were the Ramnes, Tities and Luceres.  If you wake me up in the middle of the night and ask me to recite the names of these tribes, I would not know  them, even though, I’ve learned them in school millions of times. I had to look them up for the blog.

Marc Anthony as Marc Antony and Jennifer Lopez as Cleopatra?  I do not think so...

Marc Anthony as Marc Antony and Jennifer Lopez as Cleopatra? I do not think so…

Hot Kitty on a Metal Roof (or something like that...)

Hot Kitty on a Metal Roof (or something like that…)

 

Outgoing message... "If I do not answer the phone you can find me at the Iguana..."

Outgoing message… “If I do not answer the phone you can find me at the Iguana…”

We all learned the great Roman stories. in school, from books and from the silver screen.  Hollywood has kept delivering the big budget epic dramas, Ben Hur, Quo Vadis, Cleopatra and the others with tons of buttery popcorn.  Hate to break the truth for younger audiences however, Marc Anthony did not play Mark Antony and therefore,  Jennifer Lopez was never Cleopatra in the 1963 movie directed by Joseph Mankiewicz.

When we go to Italy, we want to hear the great stories again and again retold by a tour guide with a charming Italian accent, even though, we do not understand half of  the guide’s stories because of his accent. I am not going to go through the entire history of Rome you can rent it from Netflix University.

One of the Papal Swiss Guard - Seriously?

One of the Papal Swiss Guards – Seriously?

 

The Swiss Guard's brother who immigrated to the U.S. When back in Rome to visit, he always tells a lie that he is a Secret Service agent...

The Swiss Guard’s brother who immigrated to the U.S. When back in Rome to visit, he always tells a lie that he is a Secret Service agent in the U.S….

Italy is a relatively new country, younger than the United States. The country was not fully unified until the Pope was defeated in 1870. In light of this outcome, honestly, I do not really understand the fuss about the Pope’s famous Swiss Guard.

The twentieth Century has kept up the excitement. Among  the many “isms,” Italy has given us the relatively user friendly fascism (the Italian version.)  Did you know that Mothers’ Day is a Fascist invention? In 1933, Mussolini met 93 mothers at the Palazzo Venezia.  He greeted these mothers as heroes of Italy.  These 93 mothers, gave birth to 1300(!) children combined (that is about 13 children each…) as part of the Fascist national policy to revive the Empire and double its population.

Benito Mussolini had  a Macho image.  The lion tamer, great swimmer, horseback rider. Could he be Putin's hero?

Benito Mussolini had a Macho image. The lion tamer, great swimmer, horseback rider. Could he be Putin’s hero?

Mussolini also rallied the nation to finance the occupation of Ethiopia in 1936.  On “The Day of the Wedding Rings,” married women were asked to donate their gold wedding rings for the cause of the war.  Thousands of wives gave up their rings to be melted down in support of the war effort.  Ironically, close to a thousand wedding rings were also collected from the United States and sent to the DUCE.  Racist policies did not start until WWII in Italy.  In fact, Mussolini had a jewish mistress for ten years. Fascism was especially unkind to women with regard to such issues as employment, emancipation and independent welfare. Unfortunately, post war and even 21st century Italian politics and policies have problems to fully disconnect from the heritage of pre-WWII women issues and welfare policies. Inequalities of women has been integral part of the cultural DNA and has been woven into the Italian social fabric.

Pope John XXIII He did not come up with the antidote for the antichrist, the antipasto (death by heartburn...)

Pope John XXIII He did not come up with the antidote for the antichrist, the antipasto (death by heartburn…)

Italians also had a serious affair with Communism after WWII. Eurocommunism was made  popular in Western Europe by Italy. I remember, Eastern European communist leaders had a hard time to explain back home the phenomenon of church going Italian communist party members during the 1970s.

Khrushchev, the Christmas pen pal of John XXIII

Khrushchev, the Christmas pen pal of John XXIII

In 1963, after decades of fights against Communist ideologies, Pope  John XXIII officially recognized the Italan Communist Party as an organization that mission has been to improve the lives of ordinary Italians including women.  He made his decision against the advice of the Papal administration.  He was dead in two months after his famous Pacem in Terris – go figure…  One of the big sensations was when the Pope exchanged Christmas cards with Nikita Khrushchev after the Cuban Missile Crisis.   John XXIII was also a vital actor in the diffusion of the Cuban Missile Crisis (it turns out that after all it paid off to elect a Catholic president in the US…)

Violent act of Maffia Terrorism

Violent act of Maffia Terrorism (Pio La Torre 1982)

 

Grandeous chariot crashing scene from proud Roman history

a proud moment, a chariot crashing scene from great Roman history

The 1970-80 have been poisoned by leftist terrorism in the north and violent Maffia activities in the South. The economy still has not opened up for the majority of the women.  Southern men migrated to the North to be part of the industrial boom. Their families and wives have been left behind. This wave of migration created the “white widow” class of southern women who basically lived from the money their husbands send back home from the Northern cities. Economists and sociologists blame the feminization of Italian agriculture in the south due to the lack of men who migrated to the north and its direct consequence the feminization of poverty, on the post-war labor and welfare policies of the Italian state.

Dark Political Assassination (Aldo Moro)

Dark  Vicious Political Assassination (Aldo Moro)

 

One of history's and world litareture's highbrow political murder (Julius Caesar)

One of history’s and world litareture’s  greatest highbrow political murder (Julius Caesar)

In 1987, Hungarian born pornstar, Ilona Staller aka Ciccolina, ex wife of Jeff Koons American artist, has been elected member of the Chamber of Deputies and remained in office until 1992. A MP from an unlikely sector of the economy  to promote women’s rights….

After Ciccolina, politics has never been the same again in Italy. Today, Italy has the largest number of women in parliament in the history of the country. One of the main goals is to reduce violence against women in Italy (one women in every three days becomes victim of violent crimes in Italy) Do they have the will to crack stubborn traditions? Future will tell.

Former Italian MP, International pornstar, Ilona Staller aka Ciccolina with ex husband, Jeff Koons, depicted in one of Koons' artworks. Women's role in politics has never been the same since..

Former Italian MP, International pornstar, Ilona Staller aka Ciccolina with ex husband, Jeff Koons, depicted in one of Koons’ artworks. Women’s role in politics has never been the same since..

 

Ciao Italia!

Ciao Italia!

So when you visit “The Boot” next time, the least you can do is to hire a woman tour guide.

P.s. Currently, Italy is facing its latest crisis, the waves of  North African refugees escaping poverty famine and violence in their countries.

 

She, Who Gets Up Early Finds Gold…

June 9, 2015

a cute well behaving farm Pumi in the cwnter of Milan, Italy from upstate NY. She licks her mouth after chasing the local pigeons away and eating their food...

a cute well behaving farm Pumi in the cwnter of Milan, Italy from upstate NY. She licks her mouth after chasing the local pigeons away and eating their food…

The title of my entry is a Hungarian proverb.  Even though, I hate to get up early and in fact, I believe in long cozy beauty sleeps, I truly live by the meaning of this proverb…

our balcony. Anka loves to watch people walking by below us. It is a treat for a farm dog who most of the time sees only the mailman on the farm back home.

our balcony. Anka loves to watch people walking by below us. It is a treat for a farm dog who most of the time sees only the mailman on the farm back home.

It is hard to write about Italy, anything new or different. It is one of the favorite tourist destinations of many. History, arts, architecture food and wine have been written and rewritten about from various angles by hundreds of gifted writers, historians and food critics .  So what else new can I add and write about that does not make one fall on his face because of repetition and boredom.  I do not know. I’ll be here for eight days and try fatefully report you my Pumi girl, Catskill Apacatancos Anka and my Italian (Milanese)

in the wine store museum

Anka hit the floor in the Enoteca Ronchi wine store/museum.  Wondering what she had upstairs  while I was tasting wine with Luise Ronchi in the basement.

adventures. Who knows, it might turn out to be different that you used to read about Italy.

Ciao Italia!  So we finally got here…! New place and new adventures with one of my great dogs, Anka.  I love to travel, I love to meet new people and immerse myself in the respective local cultures, the  history of the people and the places I visit.

original Chagall wine label. When viticulture gets high(er) brow...

original Chagall wine label. When viticulture gets high(er) brow…

I prefer to explore new places step by step. I never mean to be pushy. ( I call it friendly…)  When I arrived to Milan, it was different.  I skipped the introduction and found myself in the middle of Milanese life.  After all, I have only eight days to spend here.

Luise Ronchi

Luise Ronchi

My strategy is always to establish my perimeters. So first thing, I walked into a wine store/museum that happened to be “Enoteca Ronchi,” the wine sanctuary  of Milan’s oldest five-generation wine merchants, the Ronchis. Being a friendly girl, I started chatting with the person in attendance who turned out to be Luise Ronchi, the current proprietor.  I got a tour of the store, the cellar and was offered some delicate tasting.  Luise has also introduced me to a few wine bar owners in the area who invited me to their establishments for the next few days to come.  What a way to overcome jet lag, start a trip abroad and save on your wine budget…

the courtyard of the building where I rent my flat

the courtyard of the building where I rent my flat in Milan. It reminds my so much the building where we lived in the heart of Budapest with Laszlo before leaving Hungary.

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Luise Ronchi’s hand written notes for my Milanese wine history education

Oh, I almost forgot. Tomorrow, I am invited to Loise Ronchi’s home to further explore Italian viticulture, sharp at 11 AM.

Now back to my beauty sleep.  I’ll write about Italy later…

detail of my flat.  It is cozy and close to everything.

detail of my flat. It is cozy and close to everything.

 

hmmm... why would anyone install the bowl to chill wine next to the toilette... well, it is a small apartment.

hmmm… why would anyone install the bowl to chill wine next to the toilette… well, it is a small apartment…lol

 

Your Last Second Christmas Shopping At The Catskill Pumis

December 21, 2014

Last second Pumi and farm items for the holidays! Earrings and Zipper pullers.

We also have some of our farm products that the Catskill Pumis are indirectly responsible for by herding the sheep and goats of our farm, GoatSheepShop.

If interested, pls. contact us at info@catskillpumi.com or call at 917.375.7029

Metal White coated Pumi earrings

White painted metal Pumi earrings with sterling or gold filled  findings $25/pair

 

Black painted metal Pumi earrings with sterling or gold filled findings $25/pair

Black painted metal Pumi earrings with sterling or gold filled findings $25/pair

 

 

Plastic zipper puller with sterling findings $20 each

Plastic zipper puller with sterling findings $20 each

 

Plastic Pumi zipper puller with sterling findings $20 each

Plastic Pumi zipper puller with sterling findings $20 each

 

Goat's milk face cream made with our goat's milk and natural ingredients

Goat’s milk face cream made with our goat’s milk and natural ingredients. Available in three sizes, 8oz $12, 12oz $18, 16oz $28

 

Washable white Merino or black Shetland sheepskin shoe insoles $15/pair cut to size

Washable white Merino or black Shetland sheepskin shoe insoles $15/pair cut to size

 

hand felted hot water bottle cover (rubber bottle included $65 (style might slightly varies

hand felted hot water bottle cover (rubber bottle included $65 (style might slightly varies

 

Sheepskin hot bottle cover (rubber bottle included) style might slightly varies $65

Sheepskin hot bottle cover (rubber bottle included) style might slightly varies $65

 

black sheepskin  hot water bottle cover (rubber bottle included) style slightly varies ($65)

black sheepskin hot water bottle cover (rubber bottle included) style might slightly varies $65

 

2'x3' woven natural color shetland 100% wool rug $175

2’x3′ woven natural color shetland 100% wool rug $175

 

White sheepskin average size2'x3' $95

White sheepskin average size2’x3′ $95

 

brown or black sheepskin average size approx. 2'x3' $95

brown or black sheepskin average size approx. 2’x3′ $95

 

Angora goathides, white, silver average size approx. 2'x3' $185

Angora goathides, white, silver average size approx. 2’x3′ $185

 

 

 

 

 

Pumi, Catskill Apacatancos Anka, Best of Breed, at the Eukanuba National Championship, 2014

December 20, 2014

Catskill Apacatancos Anka, CM, PT, AHBA Junion Herding Dog of Catskill Pumi Kennel, has won the Best of Breed title among the Pumis at the Eukanuba National Championship 2014 Show in Orlando, Florida.

http://youtu.be/oRpUR-TC8TI <——-Click here to see Anka…

 

 

Eukanuba National Championship 2014 – Catskill Pumi Rundown

December 14, 2014

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2400 miles with Marika and four Pumis

  
#12 Pumi

#11 Pumi   Catskill Apacatancos Anka represented the Pumi this year in the Best of Miscellaneous Group at the Eukanuba National Championship 2014

EUKANUBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2014, BEST OF BREED PUMI, CATSKILL APACATANCOS ANKA OF CATSKILL PUMI KENNEL!

http://youtu.be/oRpUR-TC8TI

What a week!  From snow covered mountains to subtropical Florida and tomorrow back north again. A 2400 miles road trip, with Marika Foreman and four fantastic Pumis.  Visiting friends, showing dogs, debating breed standard, wrestling alligators (almost…) and trying out lots of different great food.

We have also turned the trip into a weeklong culinary journey

We have also turned the trip into a week-long culinary journey

We had a great week. the weather was pleasant and most importantly we had a pretty strong showing.

Catskill Apacatancos Anka has earned three BOB and one Best Bred By Exhibitor title including the Eukanuba National 2014 Show.

 

Anka with her Eukanuba National 2014 loot

Catskill Apacatancos Anka with her Eukanuba National 2014 loot

 

Kaffogo Agyag, my misunderstood soul, the Pumi version of Mary,  Queen of Scotland she has to travel a across the Ocean to get appreciated

Kaffogo Agyag, my misunderstood soul

My misunderstood Kaffogo Agyag has earned one BOB and a 4th place in Best of Miscellaneous Class.  Catskill Becsi Barsony, the all time winner of public opinion has won one  Best of Breed and one Best of Opposite Sex title, and the only boy in the group,

 Bikfic DogMan of the very near future just keep an eye on him

Catskill Battyogo Bikfic, DogMan of the very near future just keep an eye on him

 

and here comes trouble, Catskill Becsi Barsony who can get away with almost everything (for a few more months...)

and here comes trouble, Catskill Becsi Barsony who can get away with almost everything (for a few more months…)

Catskill Battyogo Bikfic got two Best of Opposite Sex titles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow, we will pack up and will start our journey back home to the magical winterland of the Catskill Mountains in upstate NY.

 

Rise and Shine

June 1, 2014

We had an early start this morning.  I got up at 5AM (OK, I admit… Laszlo got me out of bed…) and drove to Windsor the third time with Agyag and Anka this weekend.

After two days of smooth sailing, we’ve entered “ruffer” pastures today.  Although the girls seemed less perky, thanks to the exhausting roundtrip drives, the heat, perhaps Anka’s tender age, (she is only ten months old) and Agyag’s standing heat, both Pumis earned the second and final  qualifying score for their PT (Pre-Trial) Title.

Judge Cynthia Knowlton, Ildiko Repasi and Judge Terry Kenney behind the golden girls, Kaffogo Agyag and Catskill Apacatancos Anka (you  might want to put Anka's name down for future reference...:-))

Judge Cynthia Knowlton, Ildiko Repasi and Judge Terry Kenney behind the golden girls, Kaffogo Agyag and ten months old Catskill Apacatancos Anka (you might want to put Anka’s name down for future reference…I am telling you…:-))

Last year, Kaffogo Agyag with her Junior World Cup Winner of Hungarian Breeds win, Raisits Cup victory, and Hungarian Junior Champion title, (three additional wins) in conformation during the World Dog Show in Hungary, has proven, that yes, she is a beautiful “blonde” (Fako) Pumi.  However, with this three-day weekend of intense herding in Windsor, NY, she has also proven that “dumb blond Jokes” simply don’t apply.

I am proud of you girls!

Did you share the extra hour with your Pumis today?

November 3, 2013

Cc:

Cc:

Today was not the end of the world, only the end of “Daylight Saving Time.”  You got an extra hour to do something today.  Did you share this extra time with your Pumis?

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Catskill Apacatancos Anka

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Keep watching into Anka’s eyes and I guarantee that you will blink first :-)

Catskill Acsecsebecse Ara  strikes a pose. yes, she is this beautiful...

Catskill Acsecsebecse Ara strikes a pose. yes, she is this beautiful…

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Your serious future competition. Remember her, Catskill Apacatancos Anka…

 

the two Catskill Pumi puppy wannabes...Anka and Ara

the two Catskill Pumi puppy wannabes…Anka and Ara

We went for a longer hike.  What did you do?

Just Chillin’…Catskill Apacatancos Anka

October 31, 2013

it was a beautiful day yesterday.  After we finished the chores went for a hike with the dogs and done some work in the studio.   Before the sun went down we got some nice light in the kitchen that inspired us to take some lazy photos with the dogs.  Anka was pooped from the hike so she did not mind to stretch out on the dining table for a few pictures.