- Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Barn Charm - Farm House on Kizhi Island
This farm house served a very useful function in the 16th century and many years beyond. It was a combination barn and family dwelling. The upper floors of this building could accommodate large families in a couple of multi-purpose rooms. The livestock, farm implements, and grain were kept on the bottom floor. A very practical arrangement for the farmer because only one house needed to be built, plus the livestock provided much needed heat from their bodies in Russia's bitter winters. Here is an additional view of the farm house and a closeup of the intricate woodwork on the upper family living level:
In the first photo above, notice the wide door to the right of the ramp going upstairs. This door leads into the barn section where the livestock would have been kept, along with farm tools. Since this building is now part of a museum, common tools are now displayed, including several looms for weaving wool and flax into cloth and various plows and wood cutting implements--and the family boat which would be used to take farm products to the mainland for sale and barter:
In the main room with the stove we saw displays of Karelian embroidery which is an old art form as well as family artifacts. The dowry chest would be brought to the home by a new bride filled with hand-embroidered and more practical clothes and linens. A young groom would be expected to provide transportation such as this sleigh or a boat to go with this fanciful oar:
And here's a fine example of a windmill:
I mentioned before that Kizhi had some of the most beautiful water's edges that I saw in 13 days of cruising. Tomorrow I'll share some of those scenes with you for Wordless and Watery Wednesdays. Here's just a little glimpse that is most a part of the farm scene:
Now if you'd like to participate in the Barn Charm meme, or just see some interesting "barnery" from many different places, just go to Bluff Area Daily .