In the cottage, the animals were kept in the western end of the house, while the family inhabited the eastern end. With small plots of land outside the village, one or two cows, a few sheep, some fowls and a few pigs, most families were almost self-sufficient. Cows grazed on the city’s meadow green. At dawn all cows were herded out on the meadow and returned each evening to be milked. In the dunes, sheep grazed until the first snow fell.
Besides the garden they had some small fields outside the village. The quality of the soil was extremely diverse, so each landowner had small plots of land shattered across the landscape.