Help us with our large garden, a haven for wildlife, near Sauges, Rural France

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France

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    Last activity

    22/09/2018

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  • Description

    Description

    Two Gentlemen sharing! We are David and Edward and we have been turning 5 acres of rural French countryside into a garden! After ten years in the making the garden opened in the summer 2017 to help raise money for cancer charities. All the hard graft is done in house, or should that be on the land, and as it tends to be just one of us doing it, it is a full time passion! The property is a second home so we are not there all the year, so when we do arrive it is all hands on deck!
    The garden is a haven to wildlife with resident kingfishers on the, what appears to be a tribe of hares and various other birds, and for the third year running a source of our own honey!
    Unfortunately we also get visited by the occasional deer, families of wild boar and ragodan!
    Whilst isolated, we have no immediate neighbours, we have been embraced and welcomed into the community!
    At the end of a hard day in the garden there is noting nicer than a glass of wine to be enjoyed either over looking the lake, or form the viewing point furthest from the house. Whilst not native French speakers we are no longer laughed at behind our backs and are able to even share a joke or two in French!
    Increasingly the garden supplies most of the food eaten in the summer months and enough to fill up freezers to help feed us thru the winter.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    A keen interest in gardening and understanding of plants would help visitors.... sharing our hair brain ideas on design and planting will be shared!
    Keen bird watchers will enjoy the access to the lake.

  • Help

    Help

    The garden is a constant surprise of need! From grass cutting (there is a sit on lawnmower) to hedge cutting, deadheading and cutting back and developing areas that need improving! Most of the plants have been grown from seed so a small nursery of plants needs attention, mainly watering.
    Being happy outside in all weathers is a must.... an afternoon siesta often helps to break the day too!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Shared facilities i.e. bathroom and toilet, kitchen and common areas.
    Private bedroom.
    All cooking is vegetarian and can be vegan if required.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The property would suit someone with own transport! There is no public transport locally tho the local town of Sable sur Sarthe has a TGV train station, I am happy to collect. We do have a couple of bikes so it is possible to escape!
    The area is mostly agricultural land with pleasant walks and hidden villages to discover, have a number of the countries most pretty villages.... Petite Cite de Character! Sauges, which is less than 4km away has a limestone gorge where rock climbing is possible.
    If it is night life you are looking for.... pass us by!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week


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