New Friends, Distressed Goats and one last cycle to the Coast – WWOOF – Day 26 10/10/19

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.

I did regret my decision.  About 6am, Jack woke me up by causing a ruckus underneath my caravan.  No good deed goes unpunished.  Anyway, my work started properly at 9am.  We were going to the dump to throw away more glass bottles, meaning I had to transfer the bottles into the trailer.  After I finished at 9hr15, we received a visitor.  A young French lady called Marianne who was starting her WWOOF experience.  At half 9, her, me and Matthias drove to the dump and dumped the bottles.  One of them broke in my hand and I cut myself, but it wasn’t serious.

Afterwards, we drove to Matthias’ orchard and collected more apples.  We also herded the sheep to fresh pasture land and gave water to the horses using a hose and water tank.  Marianne and I chatted while doing so – mostly in French, but we did have to revert to English at certain times.  She was very friendly and her English was good.  She worked as an au pair in Sussex.  She is a theatre student who lives locally, meaning she can drive to and from her home.  And she’s doing WWOOF on odd days.

After the rain of yesterday, today was sunny which was a welcome change.  At 11, we finished at the orchard and returned to the farm.  I showed Marianne around and how to feed the rabbits.  Afterwards, we had to return to the horses, because we had forgotten to turn the tap off.  We drove there and after we smoked a cigarette.  Generally I don’t smoke, but when in France…look at me, buying baguettes and smoking.  I’m so French.  Lol.

By 12, our work had finished.  And at half 12, the four of us had lunch.  We finished at half 1 and despite how I don’t like coffee, I was very tired so I gratefully accepted two cups.  I can thank Jack for that.  The others saw I was tired and suggested I take a siesta, but I went cycling instead.  I don’t want to spend my last few days here asleep in bed.

I cycled to the coast again, arriving at 15hr15.  Although the weather was good, the beach was empty.  I love being the only one on the beach.  I spent a good 45 minutes there.  It was lovely.  Unlike last time, there was only a gentle breeze and the sun shone  At 5, I arrived back at the farm.  As soon as I arrived, Matthias said we’ll be returning to the orchard to pick more apples.

Marianne was only working the morning, so she didn’t join us.  We picked apples until 7 when we returned to the farm.  At 8, I tried to catch Jack to chain him up for the night.  I say try as I ultimately failed.  He put up one hell of a fight.  He was hiding in Rose and Lily’s stable, next to his enclosure.  I initially was able to lure him out using bread, but as soon as I grabbed the chain around his neck, all hell broke loose.  He thrashed and screamed.  Pulling one way, twisting around, practically choking himself, so he could escape.  Just as I was making progress, the ram suddenly burst in and headbutted Jack.  I lost my grip and Jack escaped.  I caught him and wrestled him into his enclosure and closed the door.  But before I could chain him up, he broke free and ran to the other end of the form.

In retrospect, once I had him trapped, I should have laid down the law and shown him who was boss.  But I didn’t think of doing that and I completely understand why he’s so distressed.  I get why he hates being chained up and I don’t like seeing him like that.  Seeing him like that really rattled me.

Anyway, at half 8, we had dinner and Marie joined us again.  Generally, in meal time, I don’t check my phone, as Matthias doesn’t like it, but Elisabeth was using her phone, so I sneaked a look at mine.  Matthias jokingly told us off.  Elisabeth denounced him as a Luddite and I had to explain the term to Marie.  But what’s interesting is how they’ve become so enthralled with this term that I’ve taught them.  a term that is old-fashioned and not in common usage today.

We finished at 10 and I had a second go at catching Jack.  I failed again.  I tried bribing him and wrestling him to his enclosure, but he still screamed and struggled.  I gave up.  I wanted to be firm and authoritative, but I didn’t have the heart to do so.  Even after I set him free, he was so agitated, attacking Helena and Hermione.  It was horrible seeing him like that.  Maybe I don’t have the heart to be a farmer.

And on that depressing note that’s all for day 26, a day of new friends, distressed goats and one last cycle to the coast.

French

Je regrettais mon decision.  A 6hr, Jack m’a réveillé par fait une desordre dehors ma roulette.

Alors mon travailleur a commencé a 9hr.  On va a la dechetterie a jeté plus bouteilles verres, donc j’ai réorganisé les bouteilles dans la traileur.  Apres, j’ai fini a 9hr15, on a recu un visiteur.  Un jeune fils Français s’appelle Marianne qui commence faire du WWOOFING.  A 19hr30, sa, moi et Matthias est allé a la déchetterie.

Tandis que, j’ai jeté les bouteilles, je me suis coupé la main, mais ce pas grave.  Alors après ca, on est alle a l’orchade et cuillerée plus pommes.  Aussi we herded the sheep to fresh cloture et donner l’eau a les chevaux utilise the water tank.

Et je parlais avec Marianne.  Elle est 25 et une étudiante de la theatre.  On parlait en Français, pour la plupart.  S’anglaise etait très bien.  Elle travaillait a un au pair en East Sussex.  Et elle habite en Normandy donc elle peut conduire a la ferme.

Après, la pluie d’hiere, il faisait beau qu’était superbe.  On a fini a 11hr et on est retourné a la ferme ou je montais Marianne comment donner la nourriture a les lapins.  Mais on oubliait a turn off the tap for the horses’ water donc on est alle a les chevaux.  Apres, on a fumé des cigarettes.  Généralement, je ne fume pas mais quand en France.  J’ai acheté des baguettes et a fumé les cigarettes.  Je me sens trop Français.  MDR.

Notre travailleur a fini a 12 et on apprit notre dejeuner a 12hr30.  On a fini a 13hr30 et j’appris une cafe avec toute le monde.  Généralement, j’ai detesté la cafe.  Mais parce que du Jack, je devrais la caffeine.  Les autres pourrais voir que j’étais fatigue et a suggeste que je dormi.  Mais je suis ici pour un seul jour plus.  Je ne veux pas rester les jours dans mon lit.  Alors, en lieu, j’ai fait du velo a la cote.

Je suis arrivé a 15hr15 et quoique il fait beau et il y avait seule un peu vendu, la plage était vacuole.  Je l’adoré.  C’était trop tranquil.  A 17hr, je suis retourné a la ferme.  Et matthias m’a dit que on a cuillerais plus pommes.  Marianne seule travaillais dans le matin dnv elle nous ne rejoindu pas.  Mais on a cuilleré plus pommes jusqu’un 19hr quand le travailleur a fini.

 

La sectione prochaine, je ne traduis pas.  J’ai discuté une incidente entre Jack et moi.  To translate it into my imperfect French would dilute many of the emotions involved.  Je suis desolee a les Francais.

At 8, I tried to catch Jack to chain him up for the night.  I say try as I ultimately failed.  He put up one hell of a fight.  He was hiding in Rose and Lily’s stable, next to his enclosure.  I initially was able to lure him out using bread, but as soon as I grabbed the chain around his neck, all hell broke loose.  He thrashed and screamed.  Pulling one way, twisting around, practically choking himself, so he could escape.  Just as I was making progress, the ram suddenly burst in and headbutted Jack.  I lost my grip and Jack escaped.  I caught him and wrestled him into his enclosure and closed the door.  But before I could chain him up, he broke free and ran to the other end of the form.

In retrospect, once I had him trapped, I should have laid down the law and shown him who was boss.  But I didn’t think of doing that and I completely understand why he’s so distressed.  I get why he hates being chained up and I don’t like seeing him like that.  Seeing him like that really rattled me.

On apprit notre diner a 20hr30 et Marie nous rejoindre.  Généralement a les repas, je ne coche pas ma telephone parce que Matthias ne l’aime pas mais Elisabeth regardait a sa telephone donc j’ai coche mien.  Matthias a vu nous et jokingly told us off.  On l’appelle un luddite et je devrais expliquer le terme a Marie.  C’est interessante que Matthias et Elisabeth have become so fascinated with this term – a term that is now out of date.

We finished at 10 and I had a second go at catching Jack.  I failed again.  I tried bribing him and wrestling him to his enclosure, but he still screamed and struggled.  I gave up.  I wanted to be firm and authoritative, but I didn’t have the heart to do so.  Even after I set him free, he was so agitated, attacking Helena and Hermione.  It was horrible seeing him like that.  Maybe I don’t have the heart to be a farmer.

C’est triste mais c’est la vie.  Et c’est tout pour jour 26.  Un jour des amies nouvelles, chèvres colère et un dernière cyclisme a la cote.

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