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miercuri, 2 august 2017


 Drumurile noastre ne-au purtat nu departe de casa, in judetul Suceava, la o superba plantatie de canepa, una dintre putinele pe care le avem in tara (Hemp-House-Holding), unde Cosmin cultiva planta polivalenta de la care comercializeaza semintele, frunzele pentru ceai si ulei delicios presat la rece. Desi nu demult canepa era o planta nelipsita din gospodariile romanilor si materia prima principala pentru tesaturile pe care le foloseau zi de zi, sursa de seminte pentru consum si ulei, s-a pierdut o data cu legislatia cel putin ciudata care a incadrat-o in categoria "substanetelor de risc". Din fericire oamenii si-au reamintit-o, i-au redescoperit potentialul si incet, incet ea revine pe ogoare, din pacate nu firesc cum ar fi normal pentru o planta pe care natura a creat-o sa ne bucuram liber de ea, ci cu autorizatii, permisiuni si priviri circumspecte. Dar primii pasi sunt facuti si semintele se imprastie:)
Weekendul urmator, in Salaj canepa va fi sarbatorita la Ziua Canepii, unde cei interesati pot afla despre cum se poate cultiva la noi si ii pot cunoaste pe cei care deja se ocupa de asta si valorifica semintele, fibra, frunzele, tulpinile, pentru ca planta de canepa poate fi folosita integral.

EN: Our roads took us not far from home, in Suceava county, at a wonderful hemp plantation, one of the few we have in the country (Hemp-House-Holding), where Cosmin is cultivating this amazing plant. Even if not long ago hemp was a common sight on the fields of Romania and people used it as main material for fabric and to make oil from the seeds, it got lost because of the akward legislation that proclaimed it  a drug. Luckily people remebered it and rediscovered its potential and slowly, it is coming back, although not freely as a gift from nature, but with authorizations, permission and dissaproving looks. But the first steps have been done and the seeds thrown:)
Next weekend, in Salaj, hemp will be celebrated at Ziua Canepii, where people who are interested can learn about how it can be cultivated in our country and they can meet those who already have plantations and are selling their yield.

miercuri, 19 iulie 2017


Una dintre cartile mele preferate din copilarie e cea in care sunt istorisite "Aventurile lui Habarnam", un prichindut din Orasul Florilor. Lumea minunata povestita si ilustrata cu atata dragalesenie, personajele simpatice, casutele mititele construite in ciuperci, plaja printre pepenii uriasi  si toate pataniile au ramas si azi cu mine si ma inspira. Asa s-a nascut sacosa, ca o alta poveste din carte, cu un zbor fantastic peste campurile de papadii ce pentru ochii de copil pot fi vehicule care poarta zanele si spiridusii spre taramuri fantastice.
EN: One of my all time favorite children's books is "The adventures of Habarnam (translated, the name means "I Have No Idea"), which tells the story of the little people from the Flowers City. this is how the bag came to life, as another chapter, with a magical flight above the dandelion fields, which through the eyes of a child my look like some vehicles for the fairies.
 Weekendul trecut am ajuns ia, si noi pe taramuri vrajite (nu dusi cu papadia, ci cu batrana duba), in Muntii Rarau, chiar langa Pietrele Doameni. Minunat loc, care ma incarca de fiecare data cu energie pozitiva si curata, iar prin padurile de acolo chiar te astepti sa gasesti tot soiul de fiinte de basm. Aici ne-am intalnit dintr-o intamplare din aceea parca faurita dinainte cu Daniela, o femeie care mi-a demonstrat ca viata e lunga si frumoasa, iar spiritul ei tanar care se reflecta in trupul atragator si care nu-i tradeaza varsta mi-a dat incredere ca am tot timpul pentru orice mi-as dori sa fac. Si intalnirea cu ea a venit intr-un moment in care simt ca nu-mi mai apartin si ca viata de mama m-a acaparat si asa va fi pentru mult timp. Dar timpul trece, copiii cresc si aventura continua:)

EN: Last weekend we also visited an enchanted place, in the Rarau mountains, right across the Lady's Rocks. Wonderful place, that always fills me with a clean and powerful energy and the mystic forests there are the perfect place to search for fairy-tale beings. Here we met Daniela, in that sort of "happenings" that seem to have been planned ahead and her young spirit that is mirroring in her body which doesn't let her age show, gave me the confidence that I have all the time to do anything I wish. She came in a moment when I feel somehow trapped by being a mother and that I don't belong to myself anymore and this will be forever. But she is the evidence that children will grow up and have their own bussiness and I will still have plenty of years to go on with my adventure:)
 Pe pajiste am gasit coada-soricelului mov, despre care citisem acum ceva vreme si chiar imi doream sa o vad de aproape. Vara muntele e presarat cu vegetatie bogata si am gasit aromatul cimbrisor de munte, macrisul iepurelui, garofite si multe altele.

EN: On the meadows we found purple yarrow, a plant I've read about and was looking for. In the summer the mountain thrives with vegetation and we also found the beautifully scented wild thyme, oxalis acetosella and many other medicinal and edible plants.
Si pentru momentele in care stau locului, de cele mai multe ori cand Carol se joaca pe paturica, la umbra, am cu mine cartile lui Axel Munthe ("Cartea de la San Michele), care m-a cucerit prin stilul nepretentios si varietatea de lumi pe care le surprinde. Si citind realizez cat de complexa e viata si cat de multe straturi o alcatuiesc.

EN: And for the moments when I stop, especially when Carol plays naked in the shade, I have with me Axel Munthe's books ("The San Michelle book"), which I really enjoy because of its unfancy style and the variety of worlds he unveils. And reading them I realize how complex life is and how many layers build it.

marți, 11 iulie 2017

Sons of Gaia

"Mandra-i lumea si frumoasa", vorba unui cantec popular. Si tara in care traim acum e printre cele mai frumoase, iar cu fiecare aventura de care avem parte ne convingem tot mai mult ca e un pamant binecuvantat.
EN: A folkloric song tells that "the world is beautiful" and this blessed land we live in is one of the most wonderful there is.
 Weekendul l-am petrecut in Poiana Mica, Brasov, la festivalul Sons of Gaia. A fost locul perfect de indurat zilele calduroase: padure verde, aer curat si multi oameni de bine care au vibrat la unison pe muzica electronica.
EN: We spent the weekend in Brasov,at the Sons of Gaia festival. It was the perfect place to endure the very hot summer days: green forest, fresh air and many beautiful people who vibrated as one with the music.

A fost colorat si vesel si tare ne-a placut sa ne intalnim si reintalnim cu fiinte dragi, cu care am impartit timpul, mancarea, povestile si viata, intr-o comunitate a bucuriei.
Cred ca sunt locurile cele mai bune si pentru copii, care invata sa traiasca la comun, se simt in siguranta printre adulti care le poarta grija si sunt atenti la ei, inteleg natura si ajung sa o iubeasca si sa o foloseasca intelept si pot fi liberi intr-un mediu interesant.

EN: It was colorful and joyful and we really enjoyed meeting and re-meeting dear beings, with whom we shared the time, the food, the stories and life in a community of happiness.
I believe these are the best places for children, who learn to live together, feel safe among the grownups who take care of them and understand them, they grow to love nature and use it wisely and can be free in an interesting environment.

marți, 20 iunie 2017

Love the Road

Au trecut vreo 2 luni de cand casuta pe roti ne duce in locuri frumoase, ne adaposteste de ploaie si ne tine umbra cand soarele e puternic. Si o data cu ea visul nostru comun de a calatori a prins viata, iar fiecare zi e o aventura. Carol se distreaza si se pare ca variatia de locuri si oameni ii priesc, pentru ca zambeste oricui, creste vazand cu ochii si e tot mai activ cu fiecare zi, iar pentru ca avem casuta cu noi oriunde, ne e usor sa petrecem si noi timp cu alti oameni, sa socializam si nu simt ca sunt prinsa in casa pentru ca trebuie sa ii respect lui programul de somnuri dese.

EN: Almost 2 months have passed since our house on wheels takes us to beautiful places, shelters us from the rain and protects us from the hot sun. And with it our shared dream of travelling has come to life and each day is a blessed adventure. Baby Carol os having fun and it seems the variation of places and faces are good for him: he smiles to anybody, he grows very fast, is more active with each day and because we have the home with us everywhere it's easy to spend time with others, to socialize and I don't feel trapped beacuse I have to follow his sleeping schedule.
  Am ajuns pe Valea Putnei, in judetul Vrancea, o zona pe care n-am mai explorat-o pana acum. Cascada Putna si cheile Tisiteti sunt doua locuri putin frecventate de turisti, unde natura spectaculoasa, linistea padurii, apa perfecta pentru baie sunt ingredientele pentru o vacanta odihnitoare.

EN: We arrived on Putna's valley, in Vrancea county, an area we haven't exlpored so far. The Putna cascade and Tisita river keys are two wild  places where few turists go and the spectacular landscape, together with the quiet forest and the perfect water for bathing make for a great holiday.

 Am campat la Cabana Dorina, in Lepsa, un loc verde si plin de viata, chiar pe malul Putnei, cu o gazda vesela si primitoare. In spatele gradinii mari, unde se poate sta cu rulota sau cortul, un cot al raului creeaza o piscina naturala, adanca de pana la 3 m, unde am facut baie intr-o apa limpede si curata.

EN: We camped at Cabana Dorina, in Lepsa, a green and quiet place, on the shore of Putna, with a happy and welcoming host. Behind the green garden, where you can place your tent, a truning of the river creates a 3 m natural pool where we bathed in the crystal clear water.
Noi am petrecut 2 zile intr-una dintre camerele cabanei si am dormit leganati de sunetul raului si sumedenia de pasarele ciripitoare, dealtfel singurele zgomote care tulburau linistea adanca dintre munti. Caldura soarelui de amiaza incalzea camera tapetata cu scoarte de lana tesute de gazda, doamna Dorina, iar peretii de lemn raspandeau o aroma de pin si rasina, care se pastra pana seara cand mergeam la somn.Am facut o drumetie prin cheile Tisitei, o frumoasa si putin cunoscuta rezervatie naturala. Traseul e accesibil si pentru copii, iar cararea e marginita de panouri cu informatii interesante despre flora si fauna locala.
Un loc in care ne vom intoarce cu siguranta!

EN: We spent 2 days in one the cabin's rooms and our slept was troubled only by the sound of the river and the singing of birds. The rooms smelled of pine wood and the walls were decorated with traditional hand woven wool carpets, made by the host herself. We took a walk along the Tisita river, to discover the natural reserve Tistita's Keys. The track is suitable for children and the accessible paths have specially designed boards on the sides where you can find out lots of interesting information about the local flora and fauna.
A place where we'll definitley return!

luni, 12 iunie 2017

The Journey

 Calatoria ne-a purtat intr-un loc de basm, un castel ascuns intr-o padure de gingko, stejari, aluni, pini, soci infloriti si parfumati, la marginea localitatii Miclauseni, aflat pe domeniul Sturdza.
Am petrecut 2 zile superbe in mijlocul naturii si i-am invatat pe micutii care au participat la Festivalul copiilor sa traga cu arcul.
EN: The journey took us in a fairytale location, a the Sturdza castle, in the middle of a forest with pine trees, gingko biloba, perfumed sambucas, hazelnuts and wild birds, at the edge of Miclauseni village. For two days we enjoyed the quiet place and taught the kids archery, during the Children's Festival.

 Castelul, construit in stil neo-gotic, ne-a dus cu gandul la vanatori de fazani, serate, catacombe si tuneluri secrete in care s-au tesut intrigi si fantasme din alte vremuri. Am petrecut noaptea in van si am adormit cu sunetul sutelor de broaste in concert si ne-am trezit in cantecul privighetorilor. Aerul verii, vantul fosnind printre frunze, cerul cu stele si sunete de tot felul, toate au creat cadrul pentru un somn odihnitor si dulce.

EN: The neo-gothic castle, carried us in the times of pheasant huntings, evening bals, catacombs and secret tunnels. We spent the night in our van and slept carried away by the sound of hundreads of frogs and we woke up with the song of the nightingales. The fresh summer air, the wind slowly moving through the leaves, the dark starry night sky and all the forest sounds, they all created the perfect frame for a sweet and resting sleep.

Iar intre festivaluri, cu bateriile incarcate si inspiratie in tolba, mai mesterim si mai pictam cate ceva, cat timp Carol descopera lumea.
EN: And between the festivals, our batteries charged and our minds inspired, we paint and work little bits, while baby Carol discovers the world.

joi, 1 iunie 2017

Children's Paradise

Luna mai, se pare, a fost sub semnul copiilor si al copilariei si iunie se anunta la fel de incarcata de chiote si prichindei ghidusi. Am fost la Izvorul Sperantei, in Panatau, judetul Buzau, pentru a le arata copiilor veniti din Scotia, printr-un proiect Erasmus, cum sa pirograveze, sa traga cu arcul si sa construiasca o coliba din crengi de salcie.

EN: May seems to have been under the sign of childhood and June will also start with giggles and small hands. We went to The Fountain of Hope, in Buzau county to show the children who arrived from Scitland how to woodburn, shoot the bow and build a cottage from willow branches.
Am stat 3 zile si desi am obosit putin, ne-m incarcat cu energia copiilor care pare sa-si traga viata dintr-o sursa inepuizabila. Intotdeauna ne-am simtit cel mai in largul nostru printre micuti si gandindu-ma care este motivul, am concluzionat ca sinceritatea lor ii face cei mai buni parteneri de joaca. Un copil este pur in intentie si doar mai tarziu invata sa disimuleze, copiindu-ne pe noi adultii. Si cat de obositor mi se pare in lumea asta, a oamenilor mari, felul in care incercam sa pastram aparente, ne mintim si ne complicam... Ma bucur tare mult ca avem ocazia sa petrecem timp mult in preajma copiilor. Asa viata e frumoasa si simpla:)

EN: We spent there 3 days and although we got a little tired, we charged our batteries from the energy that they give, which seems to come from a never emptying source. We always felt comfortable among little ones and I believe this happens because they are honest. A child is pure in intention and only later he learns to "act", by mimicking us, the grownups. And it's so tiring in our adults world, because we value so much the appearances, we lie and complicate everything...I'm glad I get the chance to spend lots of time surrounded by beautiful young souls. This way, life is beautiful and easy:)