Last Sunday, we were at the Medieval Festival in Kaltenberg. For more info, click here.
It's truly a fascinating and romantic spectacle and you'll be carried away, back to days long gone. Europe's largest Knight's Tournament is certainly the highlight of the Festival, but the entire place is full of wonderful people and things to discover.
Here you see a diligent homemaker, working hard in her kitchen to provide for her family. No stove, no microwave, no dishwasher. Now that's what I call hard work!! And to be honest, I'm glad that I live in modern times. With modern appliances having freed up my domestic time, I now can work hard in another way. :))
To find out more about this woman and her family, who really live this way and offer seminars and hands-on experiences, check out their website at Holzdandler.
This is an interesting Festival! Looking to that woman cooking in this Medieval kitchen, I think about my ancestors who traveled from Germany to Brazil in 1863. Their life weren't so different from this and I am sure it was very difficult. I have the letter my grand-grand-father wrote to their parents in lower Schlesien telling them about his trip to Southern Brazil and also a little bit about his adventures on the way to Curitiba where he found a very simple life. He worked a lot but he reach his success and it is a beautiful family history and we are proud of them. I am sure that those kitchens were like this in your photo, but the best part is that we still eat some food made from the old recipes they had.
Thank you for this nice post and for the links to the Festivals.
Excellent contribution to the ToM!
That looks like a very interesting festival and something I would enjoy to visit. Homemaking being hard work is still in my memory as a child, although we did have a stove. It would have been very difficult, if not impossible, for my Mum to work at an outside job. Very different from today.
Of course your image goes much further back when all they had was an open fire and often nowhere for the smoke to go.
Another excellent and creative interpretation of the theme.
The herbs add a bright touch of color to all of the hand tools of cooking, the woman actually looks overheated, supporting this image of hard work. A unique and well-done TOM choice. The link is pretty exciting as welI. I lived on a boat for many years without electricity or running water, at the time it didn't seem like a hardship. Although the anchorage was in the heart of San Diego, when you'd get in the dinghy to row out to the boat, things would just slow down and smooth out.
Was hat sich auf diesem Gebiet alles geändert!Wie man hier sieht muss Kochen damals ein Fulltime-job gewesen sein. Du konntest die Atmosphäre in dieser Küche wunderbar einfangen. Danke für die interessanten Links!
Grüße aus dem schwülwarmen Westfalen - und eine gute Woche!
Ein fesches Mädel :-) Despite that we have all these tools, it does not look like we have more time available but we're constantly stressed. Maybe it is about "simplify our lifes". I don't want to return to the lake washing my cloths ... LOL ... but some of the tools I buy are useless, they're marketing gags and look good, they're filling up our kitchens and living rooms ending up in the waste bin eventually. This family definitely chose a different life style, would be interesting to ask their kids in 20 years how they felt living this life style. I like the image and also your text. A little less would do us good, I think, without returning to "all handmade".
The woman sure does look frazzled or even over worked. Cooking is no easy task and when you don't have some of todays tools it is even harder. The environment of the kitchen looks grim and dark and not a pleasant place to be even with the aromas. Your lighting coupled and the bright greens of the vege's brightens the scene. Hard work, yes!