Sorry, I was way too busy to type a new entry,but I always thought about it… now I can take a break and I am not too tired to use it for sleep 😀
I wanted to update you that we moved to the next cabin which is about 500 m higher than the last one so we are 2.200 m above sea level. This cabin is even more smaller than the other one and the mountain is way steeper here. The air is thinner and everything is a little bit more strenuous maybe that’s the reason why I am more tired these days than I was before. I don’t know but we were told that this could be a symptom of anemia you get when the air is thinner. The pigs and chicken are sleeping too all the time so it might be right.
Here we are right next to all the other alps on the mountain and our cows are on a big meadow all together. So we have to find our cows out of 150 in sum! It’s such a great picture when they all come down the mountain together and it’s so loud because of the bells they wear around their neck. I enjoy it everyday! And the meadow is so beautiful, there is a little Valley which is called amphitheater (just by us, not officially) because it looks like it. There are so many chamoises, we have a herd of 50 animals here, which is very rare. The valley is also inhabited by groundhogs… I never thought there were this big. One day I wanted to get the cows and suddenly there was one about 5 m away and first I wondered what a racoon is doing there in the middle of the day until I realized that it was a groundhog. So cool!
Here are some pictures, enjoy and have a great time! I’ll try to post #2 of the daily routine soon
Much love from Tess and Richard
This is the ‘amphitheater’ and I know it doesn’t seem really big but if you zoom in your can see a red tiny little thing on the more or less left side. This is a human! It gives an idea of the dimension.
Here you can see a part of the 150 cows which get down the mountain everyday.
I wanted to share our daily routine splitted in parts. So here is #1 🙂
Our day starts between 4.30 and 5 in the morning. It’s really hard to stand up sometimes.. then we have to rush a little because we have to get the cows to the barn first. We put our clothes on which we already prepare in the evening and go outside. This may last 5 to 10 minutes. When we are outside we have to put on our alpine boots, grab our stick and start to get up the mountain. If we were too slow before there’s even no time to pee 😀 when we found the cows we start driving them down which is not as easy as it sounds. Sometimes the herd is splitted so Richard and I have to split up too and one of us has to climb up the mountain even more. We have one group of cows which are always on the highest spot of the meadow so every morning someone has to go further. When we finally arrived about 30min later someone is waiting by the barn to get the cows in. After all cows are on their leashes we finally eat breakfast. Everyday some muesli and fresh milk 😛
This is a little calf which came with it’s herd to us. There are not very loved here because they go through every fence and eat the grass of the cows which give milk. But they are very cute anyway!
I (Tess) finally arrived five days ago in Switzerland and joined Richard on the alp. It’s all about milking cows and feeding and we are also making cheese and butter. You can’t imagine it’s sooo good! So the first days went good for me, Richard is helping me a lot because I’m still struggling in milking for example. That’s not as easy as I had it in mind, the cows could get sick if you make mistakes. But I think I will learn it fast so I’m not worried 🙂 We still have many days left here, about two months, so I have time to get a real cowgirl haha
Anyways we are already sleeping in our (soon) bus and testing out the space. We really love it and look forward for a good time with it!
I also wanted to share some pictures with you
I will update the blog from time to time but it’s nor easy because we have so much to do. I’ll try my best!