I would like to give you a glimpse into the routine of our daily life.
Every morning we wake, eat breakfast and walk the half mile to the vineyard (we are saving money and getting exercise!). Most people walk their dog but we walk our cow. Yes, you read it right. Buttercup walks with us every morning to the vineyard where she is staked in the rye which surrounds the vineyard.
Squiggles is not to be left out. She walks with us but being the smart corgi that she is, she walks in Buttercup’s shadow to avoid the sun. You can see her in the picture below, to the left of Buttercup
Buttercup’s preference would be to have free reign in the vineyard. She absolutely loves fresh grapevines! But, she settles for the rye. At lunchtime we take her some fresh vines from the ones we have de-budded, fill her water and we walk back home for lunch.
After lunch and a power nap, John and the older children walk back to the vineyard to finish the afternoon work until milking time. Buttercup is walked home for milking, her grain and bed.
I stay home after lunch to allow the younger children longer naps (code for my nap!) and catch up on everything I did not do in the morning (read, housework, make butter, cheese, prepare lunch for the following day, laundry…)
After milking we eat, everyone showers, read as a family, go to bed and …. wake to start all over.
This may seem a bit monotonous to some, but it is very fulfilling. There is definitely a lot to be said for a simple lifestyle!