The year of construction of this alpine farm by my ancestors. Originally and for more than a century, it was intended to house humans and animals for part of the winter in order to utilise the summer crops (hay, harvest, potatoes). During this period, everything was organised to live in autarky: cutting and storage of wood, use of milk to make butter and cheese, whey is used to feed pigs, storage of leaves and harvest for animal litter.
There is a real life in the mountains with about fifteen farms around which have almost all disappeared since. We knit, we chat, we repair, we play cards... The bravest going down to the ball for the New Year. Children walk to school and are accommodated in the village with their families when there is too much snow. Everyone goes downhill again when there are no more reserves, in the middle of winter with sometimes 1 meter of snow: cows, horse, pigs, chickens, goats ... and even rabbits!
It became possible to transport hay with a jeep and trailer and store it on the village farm. The mountain pastures were transformed into places of passage in the summer for the cutting of hay and in the autumn to graze the animals one last time before winter. Butter and tomme are still made on site in September to avoid taking the milk down to the village. Back to school: memories of going down and walking up to school, milking cows, preparing tomme and butter and sleeping on a hay bed!
My parents donated this farm to me and I decided to renovate it and transform it into a residential holiday house. A sabbatical year, lots of manual labour... The major works are entrusted to several local companies.
A wood stove heats the lower part and there is finally a sink and toilet inside... but no water yet. Brush your teeth with your pelvis outside. In 1992, the chalet was supplied with water. The 300-meter pipe clogs regularly and the water takes on the colour of the earth after thunderstorms! Since 2001 the chalet is connected to spring water.
I decide to propose the chalet for rent. The goal is to keep the chalet alive, to maintain it, and to allow other peole to discover this historical place. Since then, many weddings have followed one another, birthdays, family celebrations, festive weekends, seminars.... "I'm here to watch the lovers passing by," says a counterfiche by the wayside. And another "He who will come here without the key and the approval of my master will be punished" or "we must always work as if we were to die tomorrow", "Sooner or later lazy men will become poor". Our ancestors took the time to engrave these inscriptions at the end of the construction, themes around religion , weather , hunting and the value of work.