We send you some pictures from our horse-drawn caravan.
We built our first caravan in order to move with our animals and find a good place to live. All the caravan was made in low-cost or recycled wood; it costs us about 600 euros to do it. It was painted with a melting of ochres, linseed oil and beeswax, applied hot.
We traveled with Joy and Paprika, two fjords mares (Joy is Paprika’s mother), their son and daughter, aged from 5 and 6 months when we left, our two young Jersey oxen and two young Watusi oxen (we didn’t have our oxen and foals all the time with us, we sometimes let them take a rest in friend’s place for a couple of weeks in order to let their hoof grow up, because they didn’t have shoes). We used to make about 30 kilometers per day (until 58 kilometers). The speed was on average of 5 kilometers per hour but one day Joy and Paprika went round 30 kilometers in two hours (that’s their record).
We traveled around our country (France) for 9 months (2000 kilometers) with different kind of climatic conditions: 2 weeks with –20° Celsius.
Now we live in our own place (situated only 30 kilometers near the place we started our trip from). So we decided to build another caravan to have a room separated from the kitchen. For our second caravan, we got more money and made it in chestnut wood (it costs us about 2000 euros).
We have a sunny water heater made in an old freezer (cost 20 euros).
Sorry for the English, we are French, and we think you know our reputation with foreign languages…
–Charlotte and Antoine
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