The living room

Posted on March 20, 2009 by

The living room is the widest room of Glaumbær farm, and it is flanked by two rooms completely covered by wood: one was the room of the bookkeeper and his wife, and one was originally meant for not married girls and children, and was afterwards destined to the bookkeeper’s children. It has two big beds by which there are the children bunk beds. To go up to these beds, children had to jump on the big beds and then use a small ladder.

The widest room was used as a dining room, living room, shop, workshop for carding, spinning, weaving, sewing and as dormitory for workers. There are two lines of 5 wooden beds on the two longest walls: people here used to sleep in two per bed, sitting, and on shifts. Women used the beds by the windows, men the ones in front.

They used to sleep taking out only the overcoats: they then went under the blankets completely dressed, and covered with heavy woolly covers and handmade eiderdowns.
Each bed had an engraved edge, that during the day was hanged on the wall, and in the night it was put in front of the bed to keep the sheets in order.

During the long winter nights, people used to work by the light of small lamps, while a family member read tales or poems. Sometimes, ballad singers would stop by and tell their stories.

During the day each one sat on his own bed, and ate using the edge as support, making the bed a canteen. Food was served in bowls and cups or in the two-liters soup tureens, suitable to “big eaters”. The rations that the housewife prepared in the larder, were immediately taken to the living room and handed to the owners; in case the owners were not in, the bowls were left on the shelf or on the trunk by the bed.

As the room was not heated, the warmth came only from the people, but it would keep constant thanks to the perfect isolation granted by the peat. Moreover everybody wore heavy woollen clothes to protect themselves from the cold outside.

Today, on the couches there are different kind of objects and tools; there’s also a weird collection of sheep jaws, the only present that husbands gave to their wives on Christmas.

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