The Traditional Farmyard "House of Longing"

The Traditional Farmyard represents the world of the XVIII- XIX century and that simpler lifestyle. As you step in, the hosts will greet you with the traditional bread, salt and wine, as required by the local custom; after which you are kindly invited to visit the museum house and its exponents.

Obviously, sightseeing, good food and wine tasting go hand in hand, that’s why you are invited to taste the local cuisine: mint and cheese, sărmaluțe, cheese pies and organic vegetables, all products grown ecologically in our own garden. The host will tempt you with some of the local Cabernet Red Wine and the traditional Kakor Bleak (a special wine of the area), and crack a joke or two, which might or might not be that good.

Everything is bathed in smile and good cheer. The girls of the ethno-folk group “Crăiţele” offer you a program of ancestral songs and customs, gathered under the title “The holy way of bread”. You will see all the customs and traditions of the peasants from Văleni from sowing wheat in spring to playing coils in autumn. The drum beats hard “Buuunica” – Lidia Bejenaru from Văleni, who invites you to a seven-step choir and a hot Pelinița.

We look forward to seeing you in Văleni!

The red brick gate of the Traditional Farmyard "House of Lodging" is framed by a chain of ancient hills - an area protected by the Moldovan Academy of Sciences under the name of ``Valeni Golden Hills`` . These rocks, silent reminiscences from the Paleontological era, were previouselly located on the bottom of the long disolved Sarmatian Sea. This natural monument have intrigued many researchers who have discovered here geological and paleontological vestiges, telling us about the natural phenomenas which took place here for millennias. Among the discoveries made in these, almost mythological hills, are the skeletal remains of some mastodonts, camels, rhinoceroses, and other creatures that used to herd here.

Local superstitions say that the households that have their roofs decorrated with corn cobs ensurre abundancy the next agrarian season. ``Corn cobs, hanging by the roofs of traditional houses - expensive costumes of the peasant's yard ... Corn in the barn - plenty in the house!``
The emerald lake and the wooden terrace - the perfect place for meditation, relaxation and, why not, for a quick dip
Wooden shelf with clay plates Usually hand -molded, baked and decorated - the indispensable utensils within the farmer’s house.
Clay and straw (ecological) houses provide insulation, sometimes much better, than modern waterproof materials. They are lightweight, so they require a minimum of wood for support. The straw looks perfectly in combination with hump walls … and they allow air circulation as well! A good straw roof can last for 60 years if it is well maintained.
Coal Iron from the end of the 19th century; Just waiting to fill its belly with hot coals and smoothing the fair lady's handkerchief
After a good meal, we always recommended a good dance to keep you in shape. As such the local "Crăiţele" ethno folk group will offer you a program of songs and ancestral customs, presented under the generic "The Moldavian Way of Life’’, showing the traditions of the Valeni farmers since the spring wheat sowing until the autumn coasters.
Basket of brass ropes waiting for the Autumn’s grape harvest. The obsession of Moldovans with the production of high-quality wine originates in their millenary traditions, Moldova having one of the oldest wine cultures in the world. The period of wine harvest is seen as a respectable celebration, bringing family and friends together, deepening the community’s social ties, and aiming to produce one of the finest wines in the world. During Harvest, peasants sing: "The rich autumn is soon to come/ And then you see, my brother, how much happier we’ll become."
A traditional established craft in Moldova is beekeeping, which as well as fishing, is deeply rooted in the local culture. The oldest practice to obtain honey was to remove it directly from the wild bees ‘nests that roamed in the trees. About the practice of beekeeping in Moldovans, Dimitri Cantemir, a former ruler , mentions: "... although beekeeping is not permanent and perhaps not everybody knows it, nonetheless the inhabitants of the country benefit greatly from it"
The weaving machine - the main tool in which the housewives spent all their evenings weaving the "dowry" of their daughters: carpets, look of wool, hedges, etc. In this improvised "laboratory" you can admire how the slider slips on the stalks, how the sling and the fork work magic in the hand of hard-working housewives, as well as listen to the legends and stories of the long winter nights.
The first tractor of the Valeni Socialist Co-operative (Colhoz)
The tractor Driver – Great-Grandpa Alixandru (Săndică Ştirbeţ),
Assistant tractor driver - Grandpa Vanea (Ion Ştirbeţ)
The most useful room in every respectable traditional household is the kitchen, comprising all the necessary things that have been gathered over time : the shelf with the dishes, the traditional three-legged table, the bigger and smaller pots, the jugs, the wooden bread trough .
Traditional clothes from the start of the XIXth century. The most wealthy women were wearing furry coats, while, the poor one were often dressed in hemp- based self-made clothes
The wedding dowry: woolen carpets and pillows, embroideries and stitches with floral ornament - a world of folk craftsmanship

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