I live in a fairytale

It’s true: I know it, and am grateful every day. My brother Charles and his family came to Magura this month for their first visit, and he was utterly bewitched by the place. He told all my neighbours that it was magical, like a fairytale. And not just the beauty of the landscape, but the survival of so many traditions: folklore, traditional dress, time-proven skills, food and the whole way of life.

Roxana & girls singingHe was fascinated by my neighbour Viorel’s skill with the scythe (I’ll post a video later), and was captivated by a happy moment when Viorel’s wife Roxana and a little chorus of children stopped on their way to a village wedding to give us a preview of the song they would sing for the bride.

I love it here. Wouldn’t you?

New book news!

I’m delighted to be able to tell you that my next book – something rather different to the last – will be published in the next few weeks.

COVER dragoni

 

It will have its own book blog which will launch after Easter, so keep an eye out for the link.

 

Magura school singers charm bookworms

Speakers and singers involved in the launch

Speakers (L-R): Alison Mutler, Arabella, David Hughes, Roxana Preda; and the children Georgiana Banu, Cristiana Cotinghiu, Diana Secarea, Natalia Boboc, Julia Preda, Andrada Preda, and Sebastian Râpea

Seven children from Magura village school came with their teacher, Roxana Preda, to the book launch at Gaudeamus in Bucuresti; their traditional song about dor charmed the many book fans gathered to see Din Liverpool in Carpati fly from the shelves.

Lucky prize draw at book launch

Wow – someone’s going to be lucky on Saturday! The village school in Magura has given me two charming icons (this one of St George and one other) – painted on glass by one of the school’s young pupils – as a special prize for someone buying my book at the launch on Saturday afternoon at 1700 hrs.

Everyone who buys a book will go away with a little something, but will you leave as the lucky owner of this fabulous image?

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