All over the northern hemisphere, it’s hay making time; no different in Romania.
Sorry for the poor photo but I wanted a photo of me and the deceased shepherd’s grave marker. Merry Cemetery is an UNESCO site and a great testament to working with what you’ve got. Sometime during the mid-1930’s, local folk artist Stan Ioan Patras began carving and painting wooden crosses to commemorate the lives of villagers. Shepherds, woodworkers, farmers, home makers, spinners, weavers, foresters…no matter what the deceased did in life, their death was captured in their cross. Mr. Patras passed away in 1977 and his apprentice, Dumitru Pop Tincu, carries on his work and people travel from all over the world to visit Sapanta, Merry Cemetery, the grave markers and the village crafters and artisans.
This woman sold me two balls of hand spun yarn; I’m not sure what I’ll make with it but love knowing the spinner and the story. No, we didn’t speak each others language but we got along just fine. She had me try my hand at her drop spindle and laughed when I proved to be not very handy. I mimicked spinning on a wheel and she said, “Ahhhh, a machina.” Yikes! I need to go back to basic skills, it appears.
Mercy, we’ve put almost 4,000 kms, or 2,000 miles, on the vehicles and our bodies in two weeks. I am exhausted but the trip is almost over and soon, time to go home. Next stop, Ukraine!
Blessings ~ friends, old and new ~ Merry Cemetery ~ spinners ~ safe drivers, thanks Inez and Jozef ~ great weather, most of the time ~ storks ~