The charcoal burner & his wife


Outside the Romanian village of Viscri, we met a charcoal burner and his wife. They spoke little English but they were thrilled to have visitors, inviting us to cups of tea and showing us around their site.

They showed us their family photos, including their wedding pictures, and then gestured to me to take their photograph. I’ve since sent it to our guide to forward on as they didn’t have a mailing address, but I don’t know if they ever got it. I never heard back.

I didn’t know that charcoal burners still exist. I assumed that the charcoal you buy in hefty bags from the petrol station are burnt in big modern ovens. This couple’s set-up is basic, with big stacks of wood next to a smoking pyre, which glows hot under an already intensely hot sun.

May Day is a spring holiday and it also celebrates International Workers Day. This one’s to them, the charcoal burner and his wife. Tell me though, isn’t that a great story title?

~ Spotted Cow

wood stockblack fingernailsburning charcoal

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

Roof tiles with mold


The Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “On Top” for which my picture is one of mold and fungi growing on the roof tiles of a 12th century Transylvanian church in the village of Viscri. They look like a colony of green fuzzies slipping and sliding on the stairs.

~ Spotted Cow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

When I stooped to say hello, the little Romanian girl leapt unto the threshold, clutching her Romanian Cheesy Wotsits, which she thought I was going to take from her.  The dog looked on nonchalantly. She lives in Viscri, which is a small (pop. 500) Saxon village in Transylvania, whose patron is the Prince of Wales – yes, him, Charlie. But I’ll have to tell you more about Viscri another time.

~ Spotted Cow

Viscri little girl