Hello and welcome to an Norwegian experience 😊
My name is Agnete. I am 53 years old and due to health problems not working but staying at home for a regular basis. I am the type always having new plans and ideas, and since you will be spending most of the time with me, you will meet various tasks regarded to the house and garden. I am an outdoor person, and gardening will be our main thing from the snow leaves until it shows up again. I am interested in learning new things, and next I want to learn is about harvesting and use of wild edible plants and permaculture growing.
From summer 2018 I started as a beekeeper, having my own bees. If you are allergic to bees or afraid of them, please tell me so while you can come along caring for the bees, but you do not have to.
I am living alone since my two sons have moved out and are living in Oslo and Lillehammer.
I love travelling and meeting new people. Winter 2018 I spent in Australia as a workawayer myself, and now I love bringing the world and people to my home.
This is a vegetarian household, and if you are not already a vegetarian, you will be when you are here :) Besides being a vegetarian, I also tend to the healthy lifestyle, so there will not be any junkfood around. If you can not live without candy, sodas and ice cream you just have to buy your own...
I have several year experience with house exchange, and I also rent out a room for short terms.
In a separate apartment in the house Jannike lives with her two dogs. In theory she is not a part of this deal, but in practice she is a part of our everyday life too. She is a nice person who loves company while walking the dogs.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
This is a calmer part of Norway. We do not have the high mountains and the deep fjords. This is a more wavy landscape, but we are situated along the largest lake of Norway, Mjøsa. This is in the middle of farmland, with several organic farms in the area. Around the house it is open and airy with fields, fields and fields, but you will find the forest just a small biking trip away. There are several good opportunities for walks and for biking.
On a personal plan I am happy to share with you my benefits from life.
I can teach you vegetarian cooking, vegan cooking and about Raw Food.
I can teach you hobby gardening and how to grow and maintain your own veggiegarden and greenhouse.
I can teach you how to knit.
I can teach you to saw with a sewing machine. We can do both quilting, smaller things for the house, make new clothes, but more fun is to do redesign of old clothes.
If you want to do scrapbooking/making gift cards or do decorative painting I also have equipment and experience with that.
I am just starting keeping my own bees, so you are welcome to come and learn it along with me.
And please bring your swimsuit whatever time of year :) You might feel a slightly pressure to come along swimming, even ice swimming :D
This is not a farm or a big house, just a ordinary house with a ordinary garden. But....with all my plans and projects... there might be more to do than you can imagine ;)
The bees have the highest priority. Both regular bees keeping, but also cleaning, building and repairing equipment. And in early fall it will be collection and extraction of honey.
In spring I would like help in the garden. I love to grow, and I want to spend most of my time outdoor. My main interest is all edible, both from the vegetable garden, greenhouse, bushes and trees. My philosophy is to get as much out of it with as little effort as possible, but I am not afraid of hard work and I always have some new projects.
In fall I would like help harvesting from the garden and the forest. We are picking berries. My garden has rasberries, plums, cherries, apples, pears...etc. and we will also go to the forest to pick berries. I usually pick above 100 kilos of fruit and berries to put in the freezers for the winter.
Wintertime is when my health is getting worse, and I am closing down for a quiet life.
But during spring and late fall, and on rainy days I would like help painting indoor. The house is made of all wood, and after some years it would be nice with some color. We are painting with Livos, natural paint blended with beeswax so it will not harm your health.
Besides this it would also be nice with some help with regular housework and cleaning. It's also maintance that is too boring doing alone, for instance cleaning out and organizing the storage room...
Norwegian, English, and a tiny bit of German
I have two rooms available. One larger room with a double bed. The smaller room is with two single beds. It contains just beds, a closet and a chair.
The bathroom is shared between workawayers, sons staying at home at the moment and bnb-guests.
Your free time is your time and if you give me your preferations I will help you planning. From the house there are busses running just in school hours, but both busses and trains are to be found at Stange 3 km away.
Stange: 3 km away. Stange is just a small village, but is has what we need for the daily life.
Hamar: 12 km, and 10 minutes by train from Stange. Hamar gives whatever a city has to give.
The airport of Gardermoen is 50 minutes away by train.
Oslo: 120 km, some less than 1,5 hour by train.
Lillehammer: 1 hour by train and one hour by car.
The shores of Lake Mjøsa: 3 km.
I will not lend you my car, and it is unfortunately just for two, so if we are more people I will not even be able to take you anywhere. Instead I have a bike for you to use, and even a bike on winter tires.
Several nice hikes, both in the open landscape and in the forest near by. Biking trips are easy since there are no real steep hills around. In wintertime it is possible to go skiing, bot cross country and slalom. Cross country is not as far away and will be a free activity if the skies and boots I do have fit you. For slalom we have to go to either Budor or Trysil, and it is quite expensive.
In wintertime you can come along ice swimming in Lake Mjøsa :)
The Hamar region:
visitnorway.com - and then Hamar
tripadvisor.co.uk - and then Hamar, Norway
I will have brouchures and some ideas about what to do while you are staying here.
For a longer trip, needing a car you are also able to go to
Dalsnibba - Geiranger - Trollstigen - a roundtrip made in two days.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week