Feel free to join the life in the katun. It will be a unique experience for you. There are enough duties for everyone, even the smallest child can help. The mountain women would rather be alone in their huts while making cheese (they are the only ones who know everything about milk temperature, all the secrets of the cheese in each and every vat – its maturing stage, what is the cheese like at the bottom and on the top of the vat, if it should be pressed more tightly or poured over…), but she can teach you to milk the sheep and you can help her in collecting nettles and greens, in hoeing the onion and potato in the garden, preparing meals and washing up.
You can chop and bring the firewood, help in making the sheepfold or eave, in herding the cattle in or out of the sheepfold. Learn to mow the meadow, to layer and collect the hay in stacks. Sharpening the scythe is a special skill. So is shearing the sheep. While shearing, one should hold the sheep and take care of the wool.
Spinning the wool is a job that less and less women know how to do, so use a chance, if you get one, to try it on. Perhaps you will also see how a skilled mountain woman knits the woolen socks using several small needles. Believe it, it’s not so difficult to do it.