FARM WORK FOR OUR HOMESTAY
A donkey woke us up at 6 am. After breakfast with the family we were put to work. Our family had 2 chickens, 7 pigs, 16 sheep, 3 cows and a donkey. They grew crops of potatoes and a type of barley. Sandra had a 2 year old daughter, Evelyn.
First we herded sheep down to the shore where they could graze on reeds and grass. When we got them to the spot, you had to catch the sheep by stepping on a long rope that is tied to one of their legs. Two sheep are tied to a metal stake and the sheep are spaced out. I caught one really stubborn sheep that had been tied around the muzzle for this reason. As soon as I pulled its rope, it resisted with its 4 legs. I had to drag this stubborn animal the whole way to the stake by putting the rope over my shoulder!
Next, we walked back up the steep hill to get big bags. Then back down to the shore to collect flat white rockes so the family could make a stone patio. We did this 4 times. It was hard work due to the high altitude we were working at.
Finally, after the grandmother milked the cow, we herded the cows and donkey to the lake to get a drink. Then we herded them back up. This was all done by 11:00 am!.
We had lunch with the family, packed up and said goodbye to our family. Evelyn was upset to see us leave. She got very close to us and was always holding my hand while I did my chores. We took a boat back to Puno where we rested and packed up to get ready to leave for Cusco. It rained a lot again in the evening and night. This is the beginning of the rainy season.