Stubborn goats, cleaning and surprise dinner guests – WWOOF- day 12 26/09/19

Day 12 26/09

I am doing WWOOF – a month-long programme where I am working on a French farm.  I am writing a daily blog about my experiences.  I will write in English and French.  My French isn’t perfect and there will be mistakes.  And I may use Frenglish.  I welcome all corrections.  I tend to transliterate more than translate, but I’m working to improve this.  Considering this, the French sections of the blog won’t be exact word-for-word translations from the English.  Firstly, the language doesn’t work like that and secondly, I make jokes and references in the English that won’t translate over to the French.

Guess how I started off my work this morning? Did you say feeding the rabbits? Well done, you get a million gold stars and an all-expenses paid trip to Barbados (not really.)

At 10hr, our work started properly.  Matthias and I cycled to his vegetable garden, which is by his apple orchard. Our job for the morning was to weed the vegetable patch and we had to weed in and around the carrots and onions.  As usual it was raining, and we became very muddy.

At 12hr20, our morning work had finished, and we returned to the farm.  At 1, we had lunch.  Matthias told me that on Saturday morning, a family will visit the farm to see the animals and go for a horse and cart ride.  He also said that Elisabeth will return on Saturday evening.

We finished eating at 2.  There would be no more work until 5, so for the next few hours, I relaxed.  At 5, I started work again.  Initially, I had to put the unused firewood for the wood oven back into storage, but as it was raining so much, we cleaned the house instead.

I washed up the pots and pans of the last week and swept the kitchen floor.  I wondered if we were doing this, because Elisabeth would be home soon.  Maybe Matthias would be worried that she’d be angry if the housework hadn’t been done.  He confirmed my suspicions when he explained it’s better if Elisabeth walks into the house and smiles instead of frowns.

I told him of the English expression: happy wife, happy life.  He laughed and agreed with me.  At 7, work for the day had finished.  At half 8, we had dinner and I was surprised to see that Oceane would be joining us.

Have a guess at what I did after dinner? Did you say chain Jack up for the night? Well done, have another million gold stars.  It was a damn sight easier than yesterday, although he was still stubborn.  And that’s it for day 12.  A day of stubborn goats, cleaning and surprise dinner guests.


Vous-pouvez penser comment j’ai commencé mon jour ? Diriez-vous par donner un manger des lapins ? Oui ? Tres bien.  Vous gagnez une vacance aux les Bahamas ! (Pas vraiment)

Alors, mon vrai travaille a commencé 10hr quand Matthias et moi faisait du vélo a le jardin les légumes qu’est à l’a cote de l’orchade.  Et notre travailler était le débouclage.  Et on a fait le débouclage autour des oignons et des carottes dans la pluie.

On a fini a 12hr 20 et on est retourne à la ferme.  Et on apprit notre déjeuner à 13hr.  Matthias m’a dit que samedi, il y a famille viennent par une chevaux et calage a voir les animaux.  Aussi, Elisabeth retournerait samedi soir.

A 17hr, j’ai recommencé mon travailler – réarrange le boire du chauffage que on n’utilisait pas dans le stérage.  Mais c’était pluie trop beaucoup donc en lieu Matthias dit que je pourrais aider nettoyer la maison.  Premier, j’ai levé tout les pots et pans du cette semaine.  Aussi, je swept the floor.

J’étais curieuse si la raison, on faisait ça, était parce que Elisabeth retournerait et Matthias lui veut a heureuse.  Je l’ai dit de l’expression en Anglais : Happy wife, happy life. » Je ne sais pas si cette traduire en Français, mais Matthias a pensé c’est vrai et drôle.  Il a confirmé mes suspicions par dire qu’il Elisabeth retournerait il lui veut et heureuse.

Alors, la travailler a fini a 19hr.  A 20hr30, on apprit notre diner et j’étais surprise que voir Oceane mangerait avec nous.  Et après diner, pouvez-vous pense quoi je fais ? Diriez-vous chaining Jack up for the night ? Vous avez raison. Très bien.  Et c’est tout pour jour 12, un jour des chèvres, nettoyage et unexpected dinner guests.



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