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We have a small hobby farm of 10 acres with horses, which we bought in a run down state. We've renovated the house, rebuilt the boundary fences, and have an established permaculture modelled vegie garden, which supplies quite a bit for our meals. We also have 3 chickens for eggs. We're self sufficient with water and water treatment, ie we have tank/rain water at our place. Eugene works full time in IT from home, and Helen works in nearby Forster 4 days a week.
Helen rides the horses, we ride in the nearby forest and also at the beach. Unfortunately none of the horses is for a real beginner, although if you are a horse rider you would be able to join us on rides.
We love to travel and meet people from other countries, and also love to share our lovely part of the world. Our favourite holidays have been cycle touring in Europe, meeting and staying with local people there.
We live on our deck when it's warm - have all our meals out there, and lots of BBQs. When it's colder, we're inside sitting around the fire.
We have strong values around health, for us personally and for our environment. We use permaculture principles in the garden, and landcare/permaculture principles as applied to horse property management. Our goal is to rejuvenate the land in our care. I also try to apply natural horse care where possible, such as having the horses 'barefoot', and avoiding stabling, allowing for greater freedom of movement of the horses while providing shelter if required.
You could also learn about horses and handling horses, although we can't undertake to teach horse riding.
The area we live in is a popular and well known holiday destination, with many beaches, surfing and fishing, boating, kayaking, bush walking, mountain biking, and many other outdoor activities. We of course have our favourite 'secret' spots off the beaten track!
Now that we've renovated the house, we have a myriad of smaller jobs such as some yard repairs, some painting, a chook tractor... some horse stuff such as jumps and rails; and some bigger projects if you're game, such as horse yard repairs, shed repairs...
There's also the usual farm maintenance activities for anyone less handy, such as mowing, mulching, weeding. We're implementing Landcare principles regarding managing horse properties, which involves mulching any bare areas, moving the horses regularly before the pasture is eaten right down, and creating a 'home yard' that the horses return to for water and rest times.
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We have 2 spare rooms in our home, each with a double bed. You would use the main bathroom, separate to our ensuite. We'd like an initial stay of a week, which could stretch to a month, or until the jobs run out if all are in agreement!
We'd love you to join us for dinner in the evenings, and we can supply food for breakfast and lunch as well. We eat pretty much everything, cook vegetarian meals regularly, and Helen is usually dairy and gluten free as well, so we're happy to adapt to pretty much any dietary regime.
If you wanted to cook your favourite meals from home to share, that would be delightful!
We live on 10 acres, 400m off the main highway running between Sydney and Brisbane. There are 2 regional towns near us -
North of us is Taree, 20 KM away, 26,000 people;
south (east) of us is Forster-Tuncurry, also about 20 km, about 20,000 people, where I work.
Then south of us is the village of Nabiac, 8 km away, about 2000 people - it has everything except for a saddlery!
And directly east is the beach. Our favourite beach has a village of 2000 people called Hallidays Point.
We travel in to Forster at least 5x a week, sometimes more.
It takes about 15 -20 minutes to drive to the beach. There are acres of forest 2 km down the road, both State Forest and National Park, Eugene walks to it in about half an hour. The river is also close, about 5 km, for boating/fishing/walking alongside (but just to clarify, we don't have a boat! Yet!),
This is a wonderful place for 1 to 4 people who like an active and engaged lifestyle, and would like to be away from the cold winters which you get further south. We would love to talk with you!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week