2455. Lifestyle block

Judith and Stanislaw lived on a small lifestyle property. They were as self-sufficient as they could possibly get. They worked as a team. Every morning Stanislaw milked by hand the six cows and three goats. On Thursdays he took the cheese and butter hand-crafted by Judith into the market in town. It brought in their only finance, but it was sufficient to live on if coupled with other things such as vegetables that their lifestyle produced.

Judith had never milked a cow or a goat in her life, and Stanislaw had never made the tiniest block of cheese. Each had their talent and the team worked.

And then early one morning Stanislaw underwent a medical event – as the newspapers like to put a heart attack. He was dead.

There was nothing further Judith could do. She went out to milk the cows and goats. It couldn’t be put off. At midday she was still trying to extract a drop of milk from the first cow. Freddie, a neighbouring life-styler who had a nectarine orchard, came to the rescue. He didn’t know much about milking cows either but together they managed.

All that happened a year ago. These days Judith and Freddie produce a very successful brand of nectarine-infused cheeses.

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21 thoughts on “2455. Lifestyle block

  1. dumbestblogger

    You make an excellent argument for commerce and increased trade relations which can be applied to local, regional and global examples. The business relationship between these two individuals opened the doorway to a truly creative and innovative line of products which would not have been realized without mutual cooperation!

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  2. umashankar

    I remember reading somewhere that if a story is allowed to go long enough it will lead to death. I suspect, therefore, all great writers cut off unnecessary meanderings and introduce the subject upfront. It is indeed after the incidence of mortality that real drama begins to take place. Thus, in the extant tale, an exotic story has lead to an exotic produce in the end.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      You know Uma, when I used to write plays I had/have an unfinished full-length play – working title “Dance to Your Daddy”. It was about this woman and her young son coming to New Zealand on a sailing ship in the 1800s. The husband was to follow a little later on another ship. The husband’s ship never came in. The woman eventually remarried. The play ended with the husband’s crippled sailing ship coming into harbour more than a year late – something that happened. I thought later – that’s the difference between us plebs and Shakespeare. We build up to the ship coming in late as a twisted ending; Shakespeare STARTS with the husband’s ship coming in and all the crazy emotions that ensue.

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