Pigs, Wood, Neighbours and Sarmale. Autumn in Breb

We’re home, finally. Summer saw us heading to London and staying rather longer than expected. It was wonderful, but it feels good to be back safe in our little village for autumn. This year is colder than last, there is pure, clean snow low on the mountains, a lot of snow, and our first frost […]

Lunch in the Tuica Shed

Our village is full of fruit trees. The hills roll on for mile after mile, each a patchwork of narrow strips owned by individual families. Some grow grass for animal feed, some potatoes, cabbages, carrots, tomatoes and beans, but most grow fruit. There is an incredible abundance of apples, pears and plums in Maramures, far […]

Life in the Freezer. January in Breb

We’ve been waiting for this. When we first had the idea of basing ourselves in Romania, locals told us winter temperatures can easily drop to -25C. We checked online, we couldn’t find any records of temperatures that low, so we kind of didn’t believe it but wanted to find out what it was like. Through […]

Pig Slaughter and Butchery

I’m publishing these images of pig butchery for those that are interested. I know not everyone wants to see, but some do and have asked me to publish. So, as I did with our images of the rather gruesome market in Cambodia, I’m hiding them away a little. I love documenting life in the village, […]

First Snow in The Village

26th November 2015. The first time we saw snow in the village. There has been a sprinking of snow on the mountains all around us for a few days now. We’ve been making preparations, stocking up on food and drinks, just in case we get snowed in. We don’t really own a fridge or a […]