Beans, bathtubs and outsmarting Goats – WWOOF – Day 19-03/10/19

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.

Today started bright and at 8.

 

After I fed the rabbits (and myself) and swept the barn, Matthias and I cycled to his vegetable garden and we spent the morning collecting runner beans.

 

At half 11, he had to return to the farm to cook lunch, Elisabeth was still sick, and I spent half an hour collecting apples.  At midday, I returned to the farm.

We had lunch at 12hr45.  Matthias showed me a table mat which displayed a list of irregular verbs.

 

He explained that when Oceane and her sister were younger, he would quiz them using this mat.  I confessed that I hate irregular verbs as they’re so difficult to conjugate.  Also, they usually form any exception to grammar rules.  Matthias said that French grammar is simpler than English grammar.  In English, you don’t have regular or irregular verbs, neither do you have a formal/informal you.

I explained that since I’ve started learning French, I’ve become more aware of the similarities between the different romance languages.  For example, both French and Portuguese invert the noun and adjective.  And, as English is Germanic, the grammar is far closer to German than French.  Oceane opined that Spanish is the easiest language to learn and I agree.  Other French-learners have told me that Spanish has simpler grammar and pronunciation.  An interesting discussion.

Anyway, we finished lunch at 2 and I had a few hours to kill before work recommenced.  Although it was a little chilly, I decided to go cycling again.  I cycled the same route as last time, but I was determined to go further than before.

And I did.  I actually reached the end of the cycle path.

It finished by this closed tourist office.  A little anticlimactic.  But the route was 26km long, 12 of which I cycled today. 24 if you count the cycle back.  24km is 15km and the route took me an hour.  At 15hr30, I headed back.  The sun emerged on my cycle home.

I’m glad I went cycling rather than sitting in my caravan.  I arrived back at 16.30 and work recommenced at 17hr.

When we gave water to the cows, we fill up these old milk cannisters and drag them up to this hill to cows’ water trough/bathtub.  However, Matthias had a different idea today.  Instead, he filled up this big water crate and drove it up there.  While we were waiting for the box to fill up, we deseeded the beans we picked earlier, ready for dinner tomorrow.

At half 5, the water was ready.  By the water trough, you can see into our farm.  While we were waiting for it to fill up, we saw the flock of sheep being chased by Lily and Rose.  At 18hr15, we were done.  We returned to the farm and I gave water to Bruce and Andreus (the conventional way this time) and at half 6 Matthias had to leave for an appointment.

The past two nights, I’ve had to chase Jack around a shit-covered field, in the dark, in order to chain him up for the night.  Last night, he escaped from me.  Rather than repeating this, I decided to catch him now, while it was still light.  Unfortunately, he was in a field that was far away from his enclosure.  Rather than dragging him by the chain around his neck, I tried to lure him with some bread.  This was working until the other animals, including Rose and Lily, wanted a piece of the action.

Rather than argue with 2 two tonne draught horses, I had to go back to plan A.  And Jack did not come easily.  But I succeeded and by 7, my work was done.  At 20hr30, we had dinner – homemade pizzas, baked in the wood oven.  Although the toppings were very unconventional: potatoes, onions, beans, mushrooms, enough to give any Italian a heart attack.  But, at least, there wasn’t any pineapple in sight.

And that’s it for day 19.  A day of beans, bathtubs and outsmarting naughty goats.

French

Aujourd’hui a commencé plus tôt à 8hr.

 

Après j’ai donné le manger des lapins (et moi) j’ai balayé la barne à 10hr, Matthias et moi faisait du vélo a le jardin des légumes.  Et on a cuillère des haricots.

 

A 11hr30, Matthis devrait retourner à la maison à cuisiner déjeuner parce qu’Elisabeth était encore malade.

Donc, j’ai cuillère les pommes jusqu’un midi quand je suis retourné à la ferme.  On apprit notre déjeuner et Matthias m’a montré cet tablemat avec les verbes irrégulier.

Quand Oceane et sa sœur était jaune, Matthias eux toujours questionnaient utilise la tablemat.   J’ai confessé que je déteste les verbes irréguliers parce qu’ils sont trop difficiles a conjugate.  Aussi, en Français, tandis qu’il y a les rules de la grammaire, il y a toujours des exceptions et généralement avec les verbes irréguliers.

Matthias a pensé que la grammaire d’anglais est plus simple que le Français.  En Anglais il n’y a pas tu et vous ni trois groupes des verbes.  J’ai dit que depuis j’ai commencé apprendre Français, j’ai réalisé toutes les similarités entre les différentes langues romantiques.  Par exemple, Français et Português invert l’adjectif et le Noun.  Parce que l’Anglais est Germanique, la grammaire est plus simple et plus près à Allemagne que Français.

Oceana a dit que l’espagnol est le plus facile a apprend et je suis d’accord.  J’entendu que la grammaire et prononciation et plus simple que Français.  Une discussion intéressante.

On a fini notre déjeuner à 14hr et j’étais libre pour un peu heures.  Quoiqu’il eût froid, j’ai décidé a faire du velo.  Je suis allé sur la même rue a ce fois dernier.  J’ai voulu plus loin et j’ai succède.

 

J’ai cyclisme a la fin de la veloroute a le terminus, il y a un bureau du touristiques et une gare.  Un peu anti climatique.  Alors la veloroute est 26hkm longue et aujourd’hui, j’ai cyclisme 12km ou 24km altogether.

 

A 15hr 30, je suis retourne a la germe.  Il faisait beau et je suis heureuse que j’ai cyclisme.

Je suis arrivé à la ferme à 16hr30 et j’ai recommencé mon travailleur a 17hr.  Notre metier était donner l’eau a les vaches.  Normalement, on apporte de l’eau dans ces milk cannisters et drag them up this hill.  Mais, en lieu, Matthais filled up this container avec l’eau et le conduire.  Tandis que, c’était filling up, I deseeded ces haricots pour diner à demain.

A 17hr30, on était prêt donc on apporite l’eau a le watering trough/bains des les vaches.   Tandis que, le bain était filling up, on pourrait vu notre ferme et on vu les chevaux chase les moutons.  MDR.  Alors, a 18hr15, on a fini et on est retourne à la ferme.  Après ça, je donner l’eau a les cochons la rue normale cet fois.  Et Matthias devrait partir pour un rendezvous.

Hiet et veille, pour m’attrape Jack et chain him up pour la nuit, je l’ai chaissé autour de la field, dans le dark.  Dernière nuit, il m’a escaped.  To avoid this ce soir, j’ai décidé l’attrape maintenant.  Malheursement, il était dans une fielde n’importe ou chez lui.  En lieu l’apporté sur la chaine autour sa gorge, j’ai essayé luring him avec le pain.  Ce marchait jusqu’un les autre animaux, compris Rose et Lily veulent le pain aussi.  En lieu combattent avec deux grands chevaux, je reverted to plan A.  Et permette-me, diriez-vous, Jack me combatte toute la steppe de la rue.  Mais à 19hr, j’ai succédé.

Alors a 20hr30, on apprit notre dîner – home-made pizzas, cuisiné dans le four de la foire.  Mais les toppings était unconventional.  Pommes de terre, des haricots, d’oignons, champignons…mais non pineapples merci a dieu.  Alors c’est out pour jour 19, un jour des haricots, bains et être plus intelligente que les chèvres.

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