About us and this Website
In 2009 I came to live here in Terchova Slovakia with my wife Maria and our Collie dog, Roxy.
Although I am English, Maria is Slovak and grew up in Vratna and Terchova. We had been together in England since 2001 working in our gardening business when we decided to pack up and move here to Slovakia.
In 2015 Roxy died but she had shared our love of the mountains and our new home, we like to think that she had a brilliant life with us and we will never forget her.
Our life is very varied but we are always busy, we have a beautiful garden, very productive chickens, varying numbers of sheep and good pollinating bees, we have built a barn with a chicken house in which we store our hay and where the sheep live in the winter.
I spend a lot of time with my photography and look after several websites which has given me something new to learn about, Maria has learnt to crochet, looks after the bees and most of the garden, is a very good shepherdess and makes lovely bread, plus in early 2017 we obtained another dog called Meddy and she is in the process of training her.
We both spend time walking and mountain biking and in the winter Maria works as a ski and snowboard instructor while I spend most days snowboarding.
I have always had a great love of black and white photography and spent some ten years just taking photos in this medium, so when I discovered the work of Maria’s grandfather Milan Saradin and obtained permission to look at his pictures I was amazed and couldn’t stop looking at the images he had captured throughout his life.
I then decided it would be a wonderful challenge and a great opportunity if I obtained permission to borrow the original negatives and scan them into my computer, I have now finished and the results can be seen at www.milansaradin.com
It has been a great way for me to learn about this area and I still have work to do on the images and other material which belonged to Milan.
On this website (Mikes Images) you will find Galleries of my photography including a Gallery detailing the building of our chalet and how it and our land is evolving
There will also be a gallery comprising of various old black and white images that I purchased or was given over many years in England, they date from 1890 to the 1970’s and show how life was in many countries as well as England.
Please take a look and we hope you will enjoy what you see.