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 […]

From Pig to Meat

From my seat beneath the kitchen window, I can see into the family compounds of two of our neighbours. Each compound has two wooden houses, a barn, an outside toilet, a collection of fruit tres and a large vegetable garden. One has a tuica shed ( a distillery), both have huge stacks of wood ready […]

The Origins of Dracula in Romania

Irishman, Bram Stoker, published his classic Gothic horror novel “Dracula” back in 1897. The cursed count, based in Castle Dracula, Transylvania, was on a mission to reach British shores in search of fresh blood. Van Helsing and a group of upstanding citizens who knew all about vampires, garlic and stakes, did battle with the Count, […]