In a farmhouse: Help together (renovating, gardening...in the country side in western Wallonia-Belgium

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  • Description

    Description

    WELCOME IN THE DINOSAURS COUNTRY, PLAIN OF MANY LAKES

    (Even a stay of few days will be OK)

    Here a life in a farmhouse in the countryside to develop a way of life closed to the nature: beekeeping, kitchen garden being become a permaculture garden , fruits, eggs from chicken, picking and winter keep preserve, medicinal wild edible plants...

    A big thank you to those who started with me this experience with Workaway and gave me the desire to continue sharing this adventure...

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    NATURE: Since young, I learned Nature by myself: birds songs, medicinal or edible wild plants, insects, ecology, beekeeping, vegetable garden...I like to share daily to workawayers all my passion and knowledges about Nature
    LANGUAGES: As I learned some languages and I'm fundamental teacher, if volunteers ask I take time to help them learning French, Spanish or basic English.
    BELGIAN CULTURE

  • Help

    Help

    Hello,

    HELP WITH RENOVATING, GARDENING AND HOUSE: even a stay of few days will be welcome

    Date: On specific dates all the year around. Please after an arrangement, confirm 3 days before the arriving date and I will send you all complement details to get on the exact place, thank you for your understanding.


    FRENCH: date: A certaines dates précises tout au long de l'année. SVP, après notre arrangement, confirmez votre séjour 3 jours avant la date d'arrivée et je vous transmettrai les données complémentaires pour arriver à destination exacte. Merci pour votre compréhension.

    BUILDING: en français, voir plus bas

    MASONRY
    WOOD STRIPPING:
    CARPENTRY
    TILES
    PAINTING
    CLAY
    GARDENING
    A. Mow;
    B. Prune;
    C. Installer a fence;
    D. Chicken home cleaning and painting with lime;
    E. Beekeeping
    F. Vegetable garden and green house;
    G. Wood cutting;
    H. Maintenance of garden tools and scales
    I. Picking berries, peach, kiwis, walnuts, chestnuts, mushrooms, harvest potatoes;

    HOME
    J. Dishes washing;
    K. Kooking;
    L. Home cleaning;
    M. Winter keep preserve: chestnuts, berries, peaches, kiwi marmalade and chutney, mushrooms;
    N. Bread baking (without gluten too)

    CONSTRUCTION: For English, see up

    Maçonnerie
    Menuiserie
    Carrelage
    Peinture
    Argile

    JARDINAGE
    A. Tondre;
    B. Elaguage;
    C. Intaller une clôture;
    D. Nettoyage et entretien à la chaux des murs du poulailler;
    E. Apiculture;
    F. Potager en voie de permaculture et serre;
    G. Couper du bois;
    H. Entretien des outils de jardin et des échelles
    I. Récolte de baies, pêches, kiwis, champignons, châtaignes, pommes de terre...

    A LA MAISON
    J. Laver la vaisselle;
    K. Cuisiner;
    L. Nettoyage;
    M. Réserves hivernales: châtaignes, confitures et chutney de baies, pêches et kiwis, champignons;
    N. Préparation et cuisson du pain (sans gluten aussi)

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    frensh, spanish, english, dutch, a little germain

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Farmhouse being renovated with a big barn with a garden of 14 ares,;
    - bathroom with shower and toilet, 2 double beds or 4 singles, and a bunk bed, possibility to put a tent in the garden in the summer.
    - Some work clothes available.
    - Most of the time, vegetarian food.
    - If little problem, always possible to find a solution !!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    1. RAILSWAY: Good to know for traveling by train in Belgium:
    - Half price ticket for every body on the WE (go and back)
    - For young people under 26 years old, buy a GO PASS ONE ticket and cross all Belgium for 6 euros !
    - Subscription 10 trips (up to 26 old) for 7.40 by trip

    2. The farmhouse is located:
    - in 20 minutes by car or train of Mons, Tournai (young and cultural cities). This year 2015 is Mons the cultural capital of Europe;
    - in 20 min by car of a Gallo-Roman archeological site interactive in Aubechies;
    - in 30 min of Cambron Casteau (huge animal park "Pairi daiza" with pandas);
    - in 45 min of Lille by car;
    - in 1 hour of Bruges by car
    - in 1 hour of Brussels by car, of Maroilles (very famous French cheese to south);
    - in 1h15 of the see's cliffs by car;
    - in 2h30 of Paris by car;
    - in 2h30 of Luxembourg by car;
    - in 3h of Cologne by car;
    - in 3h30 of Amsterdam by car

    3. BICYCLES AT HOME available to make by example a nice ride to Tournai along the canal "Escaut"(the Scheldt)

    4. You are in the NATURAL PARC of Plains Scheldt state forests, marshes, canals, heaps of coal ...

    5. What's Nearby quickly accessible on foot or by bike:
    - SPORTS CENTRE with SWIMMING POOL;
    - MUSEUM OF IGUANODON (Dinosaur and fossils);
    - Regional Center of Initiation to ENVIRRONEMENT (CRIÉ) with guided walks on various topics and workshops;
    - Pharmacy
    - Little market 10 min walking
    - Supermarket 25 min by bicycle walking through the natural reserve
    - Western union at 5 min by foot and Moneygram 20 min by car from the house

    6. A bit farer:
    - VIEUX CONDÉ: Festival Arts street "Les Turbulentes" in May
    - SAINT-GHISLAIN: International festival of folkloric dances in June
    - TOURNAI: Big cathedral (Unesco), Carnaval in each village from February till April, accordeon festival in May, ...
    - MONS: Carnaval (Binche in February), Doudou ducasse in June (Unesco), summer activities in the hanging gardens and Grand Place...
    - BRUGELETTE: Pairi Daiza: huge wildlife park with many international architecture (40 min drive, or by train) from April till end October
    - AUBECHIES: Gallo Roman archeological site with entertainment on weekends (20 min drive, still possible by bicycle)

    SO, WELCOME in the area of "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis !" (French movie)

    EN FRANCAIS:

    1. TRANSPORT CHEMIN DE FER: prix intéressants en Belgique:
    - moitié prix le WE;
    - jeune en-dessous de 26 ans ticket "go pass one" pour 6eur dans toute la Belgique
    - plus que 26 ans, abonnement de 10 voyages pour 7, 40 eur pour toute la Belgique

    2.Le logement se trouve:
    - à 20 minutes en train de Mons, Tournai (villes jeunes et culturelles).
    Tournai: Beffroi, Cathédrale (Unesco), musée des Arts architecture Horta, ....
    Mons : plusieurs musées d'Arts
    - à 20 min en voiture du site archéologique gallo-romain d'Aubechies;
    - à 20 min de Cambron Casteau (énorme parc animalier "Pairi Daïza" avec les pandas),
    - à 45 min de Lille en voiture;
    - à 1h de Bruges
    - à 1 heure de Bruxelles au nord et de Maroilles (fromage français) au sud
    - En 2h30 de Paris en voiture;
    - En 2h30 de Luxembourg en voiture;
    - En 3h de Cologne en voiture;
    - En 3h30 d'Amsterdam en voiture

    3. VÉLOS à votre disposition pour se balader dans les réserves naturelles du PARC NATUREL des Plaines de l'Escaut: forêts domaniales, grandes réserves naturelles avec marais, canaux, terrils de charbon...excurssion le long de l'Escaut jusqu'à Tournai par exemple...

    4. Dans les environs accessible rapidement à pied ou à vélo:
    - CENTRE SPORTIF avec PISCINE;
    - musée de l'Iguanodon;
    - Centre Régional d'Initiation à l'Envirronement (CRIÉ) avec balades guidées sur différents thèmes et ateliers;
    - Pharmacie
    - Magasin alimentaire à 10 min à pieds;
    - Supermarché à 25 min en vélo en passant par la réserve naturelle
    - Western union à 5 min et Moneygram à 20 min de la maison en voiture.

    5. Un peu plus loin:
    - VIEUX CONDÉ: Festival des arts de la rue "Les Turbulentes" en mai
    - SAINT-GHISLAIN: Festival mondial des danses folkloriques en juin
    - TOURNAI: Carnaval (chaque WE un village de Février à Avril, fête de l'accordéon en mai, ...
    - MONS: Carnaval en février e(Binche Unesco), Ducasse du Doudoun juin (Unesco), L'été des jardins suspendus de Mons (diverses animations et ateliers), et sur la Grand Place ...
    - BRUGELETTE: Pairi Daiza: énorme parc animalier avec beaucoup d'achitecture internationale (40 min en voiture ou train) d'aril à octobre
    - AUBECHIES: archéosite gallo romain avec animations le WE (20 min en voiture)



    BIENVENUE au pays des Ch'tis !!

  • 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?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    4 - 5 hours a day- 5 days a week

One of the craziest team of Workaway ;-)
Lakes formed by collapse of mines galleries: one of my favorite walks
A bridge of the fortificated city of Condé-sur-l'Escaut, style Vauban
The little tiger of the farm
A so cute surprise at the entry of the house
Harvest kiwifruit
Harvest potatoes
Permaculture garden
Once the queen in the basket, bees gather all attracted by the pheromone of the queen
A swarm of bees caught. Luckily I did not have to climb the tree this time.
The half wild garden

























































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