Life in these mountains is beautiful, simple and sometimes rough, especially during winter, mashaallah. As the days grew shorter also work reduces. The harvesting is done, the roofs are repaired, and the hard work of preparing for a frozen winter is over and no more field work to do – difficult for those who have not stored enough food for the cattle for the coming cold months.
Life concentrates now around the house with the tasks of cooking, washing, feeding the animals and also crafting. One gathers in the kitchen, in front of the stove, with some embroidery or weaving work at hand, in the living room under piles of blankets and with a warm glass of tea, or outside on the sunny terrace.
Nature seems to go asleep: the leaves are fallen; the crows come down the mountains to gather in the valley; the storks are almost gone; the fields become brown and children play where several weeks before the crop was still growing. The skies are clear and blue and the air is fresh. The sun still warms a lot, but the shadow is freezing cold. The mountains are covered in white and some first snow reached already the ground – A hard winter can be expected. Family, fire and food give comfort now and the trees hold already the promise of new live, of green leaves and warmer days, inchaallah.