Medieval Rope-Making

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+6 1. Geekster (admin) commented 9 years ago

Lol, I remember when I was a kid, my grandparents were making rope exactly this way. Actually, everything was being done exactly the way people did it hundreds of years ago. For example, there was that big machine called "razboi" (means war in english) and it was used to make clothing, bed sheets, towels, etc. My grandma still has 2 of them which are 100% fully functional and at this time they are extremely expensive (20k-30k EUR) , one being 300 years old and is highly sophisticated, it's as big as a whole room, and because it's so big its needed to be build inside the house. I remember playing with it when I was a kid haha :D.

It looks similar like this, but way more bigger and more complicated:

And actually, the "razboi" thing is still widely used today. Romanians are very traditional :D Here, the sales for alcoholic drinks such as Jack Daniels, Ballantines, Teachers, etc. is very low, thats because we have that thing called Palinka, and its 100 times more better than anything you can buy on the market, and thats because its done exactly the same way as it was hundreds of years ago, and its way more expensive than Jack Daniels for example. In my hometown it is made the best Palinka in the world.:D Trust me, everything on market is sh*t compared to it. Usually it's made of plums, but it can be made out of other fruits too, even potato :D Also, little Romania might not be that known by many people, but we have some of the best quality fruits and vegetables in the world :D because we still make them like hundreds of years ago. To be honest, veggies that can be found in supermarkets are very processed with chemicals and have literately no taste (here we call them plastic veggies, because they look very nice but taste of nothing). Nothing out there, even how much BIO and ECO it will be labeled, will never taste even close to traditional homemade veggies :D
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+4 2. thundersnow commented 9 years ago

I'm totally persuaded, wanna visit Romania now..actually almost wanna live there :) seems you had a nice childhood #1 :) and I like your comment...
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+4 3. Geekster (admin) commented 9 years ago

Continue of my last comment:
Of course you can grow your own veggies and fruits, but I guarantee you that they will be almost the same like the ones in supermarkets, thats because the seeds are DNA modified to change their shape, lifespan, color and texture, and also they need to be treated with a lot of chemicals during their growth . Here we still use the same seeds and growing methods like our grand grand grand parents used, and NO chemicals at all :)

My parents usually get visited by people from all over the world, and all of them, when they ate fruits and veggies grown in my own garden, they all said that they have never ever eaten such delicious stuff. They were just blown away how much difference it is between them and the ones found in supermarkets. For example, real tomatoes taste completely different from what you can buy in shops, they are incredibly delicious and have different texture and shape.

This is what REAL tomatoes look like:

This is what real tomatoes looked in the past and not the crap that we buy in shops :)

Also, we have here yellow tomatoes and green ones:

#1 Glad to hear you like it :D The only things that suck here are roads and government, but in the rest, everything is beautiful . In my opinion , I had a great childhood, and most of it was in the countryside with my dad's family. In that area, there are a lot of authentic Roman forts and buildings from the Roman empire. My grandma even owns a land that has some old Roman buildings on it, and she allowed the archaeologists to make a dig site there for research, and they found lots of stuff underground. I remember when I was 4 that I was with my family on the field to plant potatoes, and when we dig the soil, we found about 20 gold coins from the Roman empire, as old as 2000 years :D

Here's Romania today:
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+5 4. thundersnow commented 9 years ago

I find growing tomatoes a real challenge, the ones in your pictures is what we call heirloom tomatoes here, I'm sure they are delicious as you are saying. The first picture would not open. You are right that most fruits and vegetables don't taste like they used to anymore because they unfortunately are grown for certain characteristics that the public is asking for, mostly sweetness, juiciness and blandness...I actually have some Russian tomato seeds directly from Russian friends (I hope no one in here is working for the USDA! :P ), they are very good, but also more prone to diseases. The hybrids are bred disease resistant, which is an advantage...however all tomato plants on the US East Coast have to deal with fungal infections, because of heat and excessive humidity for months, it's annoying...The Roman history in Europe is amazing, really cool that you found these Roman coins..
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+4 5. Geekster (admin) commented 9 years ago

Such good times now that I think of it... I remember we had lots of animals. We had 7 horses, cows, pigs ,sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, guinea fowls, rabbits, dogs, kittens, pigeons, geese, we even had a wild wolf that we raised, because we found him lost in the woods, and I have never seen a dog more intelligent and loyal as him. His name was Dingo and he was protecting our house like nothing else, but he was playful as a Labrador, and never aggresive (surprisingly). I Had my own horse :D his name was Doru, and he was born the same day I was born, and I was my best friend and i grown up with him. I miss so much riding my horse in the woods...
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+2 6. thundersnow commented 9 years ago

#5 I'm almost jealous reading how you grew up, Geek. Even though I grew up fairly happy as a small child I would have given anything to grow up like you did with all those animals because I was crazy about animals as a kid (still love them). Interesting you had a wolf as a pet. The ones that actually cause problems are neither wolves nor dogs but the hybrid of the two (wolf dogs), who can become very aggressiveI. think you can't offer children a better childhood than to be around animals and learn to take some responsibility for them. You were very fortunate that you grew up that way :)
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0 7. sux2bu commented 9 years ago

Here is another version of the rope-making method from long ago.
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+1 8. Judge-Jake commented 9 years ago

A piece of string, tied in the middle went into a bar and tried to order a pint
The barman said "I'm sorry but I can't serve you"
The piece of string said "why can't you serve me"
The barman said "Well it's obvious isn't it, you're a piece of string aren't you?"
and the piece of string said "No I'm a fraid knot"
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-1 9. thundersnow commented 9 years ago

#8 Cute! ;) <3
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+2 10. Geekster (admin) commented 9 years ago

#7 you just had to do it :D
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0 11. sux2bu commented 9 years ago

I just remembered seeing that type of rope making on snotr years ago and thought some here might have missed it.Very similar machinery used in them. (i)