Le Sappey

When Dan and I choose where we would like to volunteer, we look for culture- Are they French? (Or wherever we are) Because, for us, part of the experience of volunteering on a farm is the cultural exchange. Can we relate to them? Are these people we could spend time with and have fun. Are they doing interesting things? Is it a farm or is it housework. And where is it located? Is it in a city, in a suburb or in the forest?!

Our second Workaway experience has been absolutely amazing. We hit the jackpot and found a young couple who are running a goat farm in a small french town called Le Sappey, in the Rhone Alps. They are a French couple, so the cultural exchange has been terrific, my French is coming along.. slowly but surely. They enjoy many of the things we do and we have been able to have fun doing different activities. The work has varied from hard labour to fun odd jobs and the location is AMAZING!

Here are some pictures of our time thus far.

We helped to build a pond.

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The view from our bedroom window of Mont Blanc.

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A day trip 15 minutes drive to the top of the mountain with our new bestie- Bosko.

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DSCF1032 Testing out our winter woolies!

We made friends with some chilly bulls. DSCF1029

DSCF1023 Bosko LOVES the snow!

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We stayed in our car one night on top of Mont Saleve and woke to this!

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We skinned a sheep and are in the process of preserving the skin and tanning it to makes a sheepskin rug for our Green Bean! (Landrover!)

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With the other sheepskin we cut the wool off, and went through the process of cleaning it.

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DSCF1085 Free wool!!!!

The wool was gently bathed in hot soapy water, and tumble dried in an old cheese cloth.

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We ate PUMPKIN CHEESE FONDUE!!

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We drank loads of fresh mint tea and thyme tea

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We visited Geneva, Switzerland for the day!

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We took some fabulous photos of the thick fog that swallowed up Le Sappey.

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We had a FABULOUS time.

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And now?? Off to work we go. Alpine Action HERE WE COME.

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