Life in the farmhouse


Life in the farmhouse didn’t have set hours. Instead of using clocks, they worked from dawn to nightfall. The strong union with the natural world established work patterns and working hours. The seasons of the year determined the work to be carried out in the vegetable garden, stable and forest as well as in the house. Days were longer or shorter according to the daylight hours, which were established by the summer or winter solstice. All these factors determined the daily work.

During periods with an increased workload, such as harvest time, clearing the forest or slaughtering the animals, they asked for help from neighbours and family, so everybody went to each other’s house to lend a hand. This represented Auzolana, or in other words, teamwork.

At nightfall, the inhabitants of the house would sit around the fire, have dinner and keep on working, peeling beans, spinning wool, roasting peppers, etc. but they also had the opportunity to discuss other subjects: new developments, news, verses, stories, etc. The little ones listened carefully to the words of the adults. At times, they also told stories about fantasy creatures: witches, lamias, basajaun, sugoi, etc. which they probably dreamt about.

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