Moving on from one of my favorite songs to one of my favorite game titles, I ended up spending over a month on the farm. I was going to leave after the first week, after I celebrated Thanksgiving with my American hosts. However my credit card got stolen the day before I was planning to leave and I found myself waiting three weeks for it to arrive. So what does one do on a farm that long?
You explore the beautiful natural surroundings.
You explore the nearby towns full of retired Americans.
You do some work as well. I was on a chicken farm, full of 15,000 chickens. They butchered them the day before I got there but at least I got to see the new batch.
Not all birds are good though, as some nice song birds were eating all the seeding plants before we could collect them.
After we were sure birds weren’t eating all the seeds we continued weeding and seeding.
You hang out with the various animals.
The big project that happened near the end of my trip was an earth house cellar so that the host could expand his prosciutto and sausage smoking operations by having a cool shed to store them in to age.
I came to the farm to learn butchering and smoking but it was mostly nonexistent or only handled by the hosts. However he had to leave due to a family emergency and I stayed a few extra days to try my hand at smoking a ham.
It turns out you still don’t need too many people to make hams and I’m terrible at heavy lifting so I was only useful in the beginning of the day.
My cooking duties continued as well.
While most of my requests were American or things commonly found in America, left to my own devices, most things I eat are ethnic, heavily spiced, and saucy.
And once I got done with all the pies and cookies, I got around to things I haven’t made in a while.
On my way out the other female volunteer and I got our homesick female host some Christmas ornaments.
And for myself, I fixed a Christmas present I wanted last year that was sold out.
After a month settled in, it felt weird to pack up again. However after that break I’m ready to be moving again, to stop working and to explore. Onwards to more adventure!