After spending 10 weeks on the farm we can now tell how the farm life is: always different! There is always something strange happening (a cow that dies, a pressure cooker that’s exploding, no more water, too much water) or something that needs to be repaired (a leaking roof, a fence, irrigation channel). And the nicest thing: there are always new animals to be born (puppies, kittens, chicks, mule, calf). Hereby a short impression of how our daily farm life looked like.
Sounds a bit strange that there are photo’s of killing a bull in the wedding topic. But that’s the most important preparation: kill the bull so you can feed all the guests. So that’s what we did. The wedding was amazing and everyone was happy and danced until early hours. O and the most special feature: all the gringo’s from the farm served the local guests!
With another great Dutch couple we climbed the mountain in our backyard, with an ascent of more than 1200 m. We found ourselves, but also amazing views, Inca ruïns, water and mushrooms to eat.
Have you seen the old man
In the closed-down market
Kicking up the paper,
with his worn out shoes?
In his eyes you see no pride
Hand held loosely at his side
Yesterday’s paper telling yesterday’s news
So how can you tell me you’re lonely,
And say for you that the sun don’t shine?
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of Cuenca
I’ll show you something to make you change your mind
It´s nice to spent the weekend away from the farm for some new experiences. We´ve spent one weekend in Podocarpus National Park. It was very remote, pretty and beautiful. Camping in the wild, preparing dinner on a wood fire and showering under a 30 meter high waterfall; it´s great to be so close with nature.
We are working on a micro hydropower plant. In the first weeks we were focusing on making the foundations for the penstock (a tube where the water runs through). But that´s not as easy as it looks like. Here you really realize where your materials are coming from. For example the sand needs to be digged out the river and than transported with donkeys. It takes so much more effort than just ordering materials. And even if we buy materials and transport it with a truck, we still need to bring it all the way up to the farm.
The Andean mountains are beautiful. They all have different colors varying from dark brown to yellow, red and green. At some places the view is so magnificent that you can see the different mountain ridges behind each other. It makes you feel small.