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Romanian rake maker video

A lovely video of Viktor-basci at work making wooden hay rakes in Gyimes, Transylvania. Continue reading

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Remembering Uncle Viktor

I received some sad news from Transylvania this week that Victor-basci (Uncle Viktor), the rake and scythe snath maker for the area around Gyimes, has died. I visited the area in 2011 to take part in a Haymaking Festival organised … Continue reading

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Scythes and haymaking in Transylvania


Details of your chance to scythe and make hay in the mountains of Transylvania with a film from last years event. Continue reading

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Hay Meadow seminars in Brussels

Barbara Knowles, who organises the Hay Making festival in Transylvania has just sent me details of these two events taking place in Brussels looking at the issue of supporting Europe’s hay meadow. Europe’s hay meadows in decline – what are … Continue reading

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Transylvanian Haymaking on tv

I just found this tv programme from last year’s Haymaking Festival in Transylvania. This year’s event is on 19-26 August 2012 in Gyimes, Transylvania. Follow the link to read about last year’s festival. To book a place, contact Barbara Knowles a british biologist and science … Continue reading

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Transylvania Haymaking Festival dates & Scythe royalty

I’ve just been sent the dates for this year’s International Haymaking Festival in Transylvania. The fourth festival will take place on 19-26 August 2012 in Gyimes, Transylvania. Last year’s festival was a wonderful week and the event grows and improves  year. … Continue reading

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Transylvanian milking stool

A quick post to share a picture I found from the trip Christiane and I made to Gyimes in Transylvania this summer for a Haymaking Festival. One morning we got up early and walked up the hill to where our … Continue reading

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Hay rescue in Transylvania

During the summer, Christiane Lechner and I set off for the far east of Romania to attend the International Haymaking festival at Gyimes in the White Carpathain mountains of Transylvania. During the week we learned a huge amount about haymaking, … Continue reading

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Mowing on Romanian TV

Our group of hay-tourists certainly drew plenty of attention from the local media. During the week we were photographed and interviewed by two newspapers and filmed by a local news station, an independent film-maker working with the festival organisers and … Continue reading

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Romanian Rakemaker

I’ve been in the Transylvania region of Romania taking part in an International Haymaking Festival. During the week we called in to visit Viktor-bacsi (an honorific for older people translated for us as “Uncle Viktor”) who, despite ill health makes … Continue reading

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