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In Dust and Sandals

In Dust and Sandals – My First Children’s Book about Country Life

In Dust and Sandals is a book about country life dedicated to children aged 3 to 7 years old that I wrote and illustrated based on my village life experience. I can’t quite remember...

Plum Dumplings

Easy and Delicious Fall Dessert: Plum Dumplings

I fell in love with autumn. Once, it made me feel sad, empty, and numb, now I’m seeing things differently. The beauty of the fall colors, the bright red, orange and yellow can turn...

Making Smoked Plums

Autumn Smells Good: Wood Smoke and Plums

Gold and reds carpet the grass, creating more beauty than I’d ever dare ask for, a season of inner calm and woodsmoke, it can only be autumn! The trees in the orchards are preparing...

Loading The Kiln For Firing Black Pottery

Black Pottery Center With 200 Years History: Marginea, Romania

Children’s merry voices echoed around as they got off the school bus. It was one of those end-of-school days, and where other should they celebrate the school year coming to a close, but at...

pelt tanning in romanian tannery

Pelt Tanning in Romanian Traditional Tannery

Nestled among the Bukovina Ridge, seven kilometers away from Gura Humorului, is the town of Frasin, where rural and urban characteristics combine, agriculture being of prime importance to local people. We came here not...

Horse Harness With Brass Ornaments

Horse Harness Making With Brass Ornaments in Rural Leather Workshop

Handmade horse harness making from 100% Romanian leather, locally tanned In the charming village of Bilca, where so many pretty old wooden cottages abound, I was once a guest in a local leather workshop,...

glazing ceramic pots in furnace

Pottery Making – From Digging to Processing Clay, Wheel Throwing and Burning Ceramic

Over the years, Marginea has seen the commune’s ceramic industry develop from a families-orchestrated occupation, having started over 300 years ago, to a widespread phenomenon, selling pottery throughout Romania and abroad. Today, this commune...

Basket Weaving

Young man, 20, keeping willow basket making alive

Forty years ago, the village of Calafindești, located in Suceava county, was a main hot spot for willow basket making. The climate of the region and the presence of moist soil favored the osier...

Making Pickled Cabbage

Making Pickled Cabbage in Milișăuți, Romania – The Motherland of Sour Cabbage

The last days of October and the earliest of November are very commonly the busiest days of the whole season in Romania amongst those who make pickled cabbage. In the small town of Milișăuți,...

The Bradet Smoked Cheese

Bradet Smoked Stretched-Curd Cheese – A Must-Eat in Romania

Making Bradet Cheese – A Daily Task For Many Romanian Farm Families From Brăduleț Those who have chanced to visit the villages which nestle in the foothills of the Făgăraș mountains must have noticed that the...

Artisan Weaver Olivotto Viorica

Visiting Argeș, Romania – We Were Introduced to Traditional Clothing By Local Weaver From Nucșoara

The range of Făgăraș mountains stretched a long line of alp-like heights in the far distance, bounding the sub-Carpathian hills, their topmost peaks, always crowned with snow, luring us towards them. Driving past a chain...

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Homemade Strawberry Jam Without Pectin And Low Sugar

Homemade strawberry jam is the taste of the summer season that carries you through those long winter months. It is a pleasant way to start the day, spread on toast or pancakes. This season,...

Romanian Glazier Puscalau Vasile Making Stained Glass Windows

Making Stained Glass Windows -Mesmerizing Puzzles of Color and Light

Once essential to the fabric of ancient churches, the stained glass windows feature an array of brilliant colors that gleams with the light of the incoming rays of sun streaming into the building, creating...

Sheep Shearing at Romanian Sheepfold

Sheep Shearing With Hand Shears at Romanian Sheepfold

Spring has finally arrived to waken the green meadows covering the hills with wildflowers raising from the earth, wearing bold colors, each one so much more than any photograph. Soon, the fields will not...

Carpenter Making A Wooden Rake

Making a Wooden Rake From Scratch

If you go to Romania, you must be prepared for hard work. The life, however, is healthy, although they have to be at work from early morning till late at night, and engaged in...

Fishing-in-The-Black-Sea

Fishing in The Black Sea, Romania – Catching and Cooking Horse Mackerel

Visiting the fishermen’s island, a humble fishing village in Romanian Black Sea coastal city Mangalia It is a summer afternoon. The sun shines brilliantly over the Black Sea, illuminating the green waters of the...