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Area: AlentejoIn Oct 2009 I acquired a renovated farmhouse which has nearly 8 acres of land with beautiful views situated near Marvao. The land is varied & consists of terraces, some flat & rocky areas with 320 olive trees, cork & fruit trees, vineyard, 4 bullrush ponds, stream and plenty of space for the chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, pigs and donkeys I plan to keep. Some of the Jobs that need doing are:- ~ painting inside & outside of house ~ Help keep the land clear ~ weeding of flower area ~ build a safe pen for ducks & geese. ~ create a colourful garden that can cope with dry weather ~ start a vegetable garden ~ watering plants ~ clear out the ponds ~ restore stone walls ~ lay paths & create steps ~ restore & thatch chossa (outhouse) ~ build fencing & gates ~ Nov/Dec I will need help again with picking the olives pruning the trees.. ~ and a whole host of other things that I haven't thought of..... yet! What has worked well is that we all share the tasks of cooking & clearing up afterwards and the basics of keeping the house clean. I have a huge interest in dog / animal behaviour and training & have spent many happy years attending courses, seminars & conferences in the UK, America and Belgium learning from many inspiring & wonderful people. I'd now like to find the time for us to have fun putting into practice what I've learnt! Anyone coming to stay would need to be happy to spend time in very quiet peaceful surroundings (the Algarve this is not! Hence, no discos or heaving sardine packed bars!!). There are however lots of places of interest to visit, beautiful walks, quiet roads for cycling and a very eclectic, friendly & sociable international community. It is important that sometimes you are able to work independently & with initiative. I will be happy to show you around the area & include you in any social events but I do appreciate people who are also comfortable with & able to entertain & amuse themselves!! Experience has taught me that a minimum 2 weeks stay works best. I'm also open to people staying for longer periods of several months and already have one Helpxer friend who is coming back to do so for the winter period in October. I am Dutch but English is my first language having lived most of my life in England. I'm currently working hard to learn Portuguese and brushing up my Dutch, French and German! If you are learning languages I have lots of language resources & would be happy to language 'buddy' with you. A non-smoker, enjoy wine & good conversation accompanied with tasty food. Eclectic taste in music (but I have an aversion to most Opera though!) and dance**. On recent visits to the UK I bought some African drums but as yet have not had chance to learn how to play them. Any HelpX djembe drumming teachers out there?. I now have 4 drums for jamming sessions. Accommodation consist of ensuite bedrooms or 2 very cosy caravans situated in the olive orchard. My current wonderful long stay Helpxers are planning on building themselves a treehouse. A belltent, tipi & yurt are planned for the future! There is of course plenty of space if you want to pitch up a tent or park up a small camper! ** As from March '11 I will be starting to teach dance classes & promoting dance in general as I was missing the extensive opportunities to dance that we have the luxury of in England. Guest teachers & dancers will be arriving to help my quest March - June so we will be having a lot of fun!! Styles of dance will include:- Modern Jive, Salsa, Lindy Hop and many more. I have a blog about my dance quest - dancinginportugal.blogspot.com This is intended to be a funny read, has photos & video clips and also info about things that are going on in the area. Facebook - Gecko Dance for Dancing in Portugal I am also a Helpx host & have lots of reviews on my profile there - host no. 6376. ADDITIONS TO THE FAMILY ~ 2nd April 2011 - 2 more lambs, a baby lop eared rabbit, 5 chicks, 3 teenage chickens and 4 goslings....... so no time to get bored!! ~ June 2nd '10- 'Titch' female kitten. Titch is a mouser-to-be and Elvis's adoring groupie. WE think she may be having a litter of kittens soon. ~ 17th April '10- hens & guinea fowl - much to the dogs & Elvis's amusement! ~ 26th Jan '10 we were joined by Tina (Turner) and Diana (Ross) the two Portuguese lambs who have been hand reared. ~ Dec '09 Elvis (December time) the rumbuctious rescue kitten who is still keeping all of us entertained with his antics.
Area: New South WalesI'm now book out until mid July hope this helps you plan your trips ,We can handle up to 2 persons , we run a family Bait & fishing tackle bussines, in a small sea side town 40mins south of Byron Bay, we have river at the back door and short walk to the surf beach , 2 min walk to centre of town, good fishing and surf to be had. Have tennis courts over the road from house, now have 3 surf boards and 2 push bikes for you to use plus fishing rods .now have 1 kayak for you to use in the river at the moment we are booked out until end of april also the last 2 weeks of june and the first 2 weeks of july , but always check just in case I have had a cancellation
Area: ScotlandWe live on a small-holding of 38 acres in Scotland just on the edge of a small town in Perthshire. We have two self-catering holiday cottages and a small livery yard for local horse owners. We have two dogs, three cats and three rescue ponies. We're looking for help to tidy up the garden, do general maintenance, painting and decorating, field work and occasional help with the animals. Some help with cottage change-over days (Saturday) which can be hectic if guests leave late/arrive early! I prefer Workawayers over the age of 21 and who are well used to fending for themselves, I'm too busy to be someone's mum! A good command of the English language is also necessary.
Area: We are situated in Byrne Valley, Richmond, Kwazulu Natal. A very beautiful, serene and picturesque area with natural grasslands, indigenous forest and a small village of mainly retired people. There are beautiful walks we would be happy to show you and a horse for horse rides.We are a family of four living on a twenty hectare Organic Farm. Our aim is to be as self-sufficient as possible and farm in a morally responsible manner. We have +/- twenty cows which we milk, eat and use as fertilisors; four breeding pigs; in-numeral chickens for eggs, meat and as de-tickers; a flock of geese. The herd of goats is for land-clearing and milk; the horse, mule and donkey for grazing rotation. Our three dogs besides being pets are for breeding. We also have a few hives of bees for honey. We grow our own vegetables in our large vegetable garden. We have two children, who are home schooled, so volunteers who enjoy children are especially welcome.
Area: Liguriahello I'm Alex. I'm 24 years old. I live with my sister Veronica (33) and her boyfriend Michele (35). We have a large garden, a workshop, and so much to do. We have a small company of rigid inflatable boats and boats. we are simple people, quiet, and nature lovers. We live at open air. we like optimism and be happy.