The Dacia is usually built around lakes, rivers or woods so the contact with nature is constant, and a permanent relation between the inhabitants and the environment is crucial. Especially for those who decide to stay in it permanently.
The Dacia is a house which is now used mainly for rest during the summer period or sunny weekends. Permanently residents are usually pensioners or simply a person who chooses the country life, with all the problematic related to a living outside the city. The atmosphere inside the house is something unique, a good mix of nostalgia and simplicity.
After lunch Dimitry is outside the doorstep, waiting for her mother-in-law to come. She will swap with Tanya to give assistance to her old mother. In the soviet union she was a teacher of the Russian language. Now she lives retired in her Dacia in the Bryansk's province, a small city 400kms south of Moscow.
Like many of her friends Tanya helps her grandmother with the housekeeping. She is tired but she knows she has to help the family. Today she came before lunch to cook and help for all the necessary things.
Sometimes the love blooms between the periodical habitants of these places. Some of them know each since their childhood. Following the natural flow of the events the youngsters simply fall in love and usually they get married after a few years. That's part of the spirit of Dacia.
Most of the Russian country houses have a steam bath inside. It is used to wash the body after the work especially in summer or to have a more traditional ablution. The sauna is a pillar in the Dacia, it's one of the places where a guests are invited to try it out. The room is also used for conversations in the hot steam and the massage of vine branches.
View from the doorstep.
Time in the Dacia passes very slow and sometimes it's easy to get bored. Tanya is watching television to entertain herself after a hard day. The wooden structure surrounds her and her body almost becomes confused amongst the environment.
The smell of the lumber coming trough the pavement and the walls recalls the surrounding presence of the nature.
The Dacia is a very simple house. Most of the furniture inside comes from the past. Walk inside of it means experience memories. Since Ljuba lives alone the house is often empty and silent. The house is located in a small urban environment composed of a few more houses and the neighbours often visit each other to keep the social relationship alive.
The summer period is the best time to experience all aspects of the local nature. The hammock gives a nice view of the small lake which is the centre of the small rural community, not far from Bryansk.
Towards the end of the day Tanya leads me on a walk around the lake. She is on holiday and left her job as a translator in Bryansk to spend some days in the Dacia and plan how to move away from her city. It is too small for her and her occupation doesn't give her much satisfaction. Finally she can rest in the countryside and find new energy for her next step.
Tanya waters the grandmother's plants. Ljuba loves to collect plants and some of them are presents from friends and family.
Tanya's father built his Dacia in a few years. Like his father he is a famous and respected person in Bryansk. They have both been involved in the construction of many buildings in the city. Thanks to his experience he was able to build his own house which is one of the most beautiful and best looking in the area.
The house is a storage of memories. Belongings and pictures are placed here and there, in any corner or aisle. Carpets, old toys, and many more objects support the creation of the unique atmosphere inside the house.
Most of the Dacians used to cultivate and support their living with local food production. These greenhouses are the place where tomatoes and other vegetables used to grow. It takes time and a lot of effort to keep everything functional and productive, but with the cooperation of the family and the neighbours all of the produce in the summer are very tasty.
The greenhouse is very small but can still provide enough food for a periodical and completely biological lunch. Everything is homemade, the structure and the farming.
Working clothes are hanging in the storage room.
Ljuba lived during the period when Lenin's socialism cult was very strong. This embroidery was made by Ljuba many years ago and it is hanged at the wall.
Sometimes the growth is out of control and the ceiling is too low for some plants. This one growth was quite fast and strong said Ljuba, the sun and water really helped it to become one of the best plants of the house. She is planning to move it outside but at the same time she is scared for the winter time.
Through the fence of Tanya's Dacia the sun goes down after a long a warm day in the Russian province.
A girl stands next to a fence along the street which goes all around the lake.
The endless fun and games of the young kids sometimes continues beyond the sunset.