Richard and Geraldine are the owners of a Not for Profit organization dedicated to health and healing. We hand bottle spring water and flower essences which are produced from the beautiful gardens. We have an ongoing programme of meditation and esoteric teachings.
Smallholding in central France, we have a huge garden to tend, woods to manage and animals to tend (including two donkeys of character!). The garden is organic, so plenty of weeding required! Also some building work is going on, so if you're handy with a saw, screwdriver and a paintbrush, even better!
Myself and my two sisters decided to embark on a straw bale build in Charente, France, a few years ago and this year, July 5th 2014 to be exact, culminates in the actual building process. It is a hybrid load baring straw bale built on a rubble trench foundation.
The foundation, septic tank, driveway and utilities are in and now we are looking to raise the bales, put the roof on and doors and windows in and then render with lime plaster. The floor will be an earthen floor. The cottage is situated on 7.5 acres of ex agricultural land in rural Charente but there are a few big towns nearby and quite a lot of cultural things to see and do. Plus it is an area of natural beauty with a river and lakes throughout. The nearest airport is 35 mins away by car and the nearest train station is 20 mins away by car.