The lady tilling her land in Romania is a peasant farmer in the County of Mehedinti 1575 views on 19/09/2013

A moment in time.

The picture was built using Faststone, Gimp and the loose brush in fotosketcher.

Machines don’t exist in her life and ‘everything’ on the land has to be done by hand. Even so the tools that she uses are ancient and worn and most of the work is done by her own strength.

Her house is 1km uphill from the nearest well and all water has to be carried along a track that is ice and snow in winter, a raging torrent of water and mud in Spring and Autumn and loose stones and dust in summer.

If her house and property (with not a single sign of the 21st century – no water, no electricity, no sewage facilities, no rubbish collections, no made-up roads, no kitchen, no bathroom, no drainage, no toilet, were situated in the west, a bulldozer would be used to erase all existing signs of habitation (and memories) and new modern structures erected.

Her life does include good friends, beautiful views, thousands of different wildflowers, hundreds of different butterflies and birds, total freedom from the modern world and the thrill of living a life of self reliance not seen in the ‘West’ for hundreds of years.

This lady is happy in the lifestyle that she leads, could ‘you’ live this way ?


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  • adrisimari
    adrisimarialmost 4 years ago

    Simple & Beautiful!

  • Thank you for your comment. These peasant ladies work so hard, all of their lives, that they often finish up with a permanently bowed back.

    – Dennis Melling

  • adrisimari
    adrisimarialmost 4 years ago

  • Ta very much.
    I’m still learning about Red Bubble and lots of my responses are very slow.
    Sorry about sending too many pictures but ‘all’ my present photos are of Romania :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • tori yule
    tori yulealmost 4 years ago

    beautiful writing and image!

  • Many thanks Tori :)
    I know that many people in the West don’t know that this style of life still exists in the EU and even worse, don’t care anyway.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Roger Jewell
    Roger Jewellalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your top ten finish in the Rural Image With A Story challenge

  • Many, many, thanks Roger :)
    I will let our ‘peasant lady’ know that she has been placed in an international ‘Image and Story’ challenge, together with her feature placement in the Romania Group :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • andy551
    andy551over 3 years ago

    Wonderful, wonderful creation! Just beautiful!!!!

  • Many thanks Andy :)
    We pass this lady’s property whenever we leave our country house to walk the dog. She is big and strong (unlike me, from the civilised world, with my heart-bypass operation and back injury) :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaover 3 years ago

    Wonderful image and capture!!!!!

  • Thank you Ellanita :(
    The majority of the homes in the village are still peasant farms with this being the only way to till the fields and most of the others are deserted and/or falling down.

    – Dennis Melling

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellover 3 years ago
  • Terrific :)
    Many, many thanks Pat.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Geno Rugh
    Geno Rughover 3 years ago

    Wonderful . Love the way she is framed.

  • Many thanks :)
    This is one of my favourite pictures :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Conoro
    Conoroover 3 years ago

    What a timeless artwork you have created here Dennis, if cameras were around a thousand years ago, the scene would be exactly the same :-) This is wonderful!

  • Many thanks Constance, your comments are very much appreciated :0

    – Dennis Melling

  • RC deWinter
    RC deWinterover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much for the honour of featuring my Romanian lady.
    I do believe that the people of the village have 500 years of catching up to do.

    – Dennis Melling

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