We have a vision for our 10 acre ranch, but we need some help to make it happen 22 miles east of Austin, USA


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    The 10 acres ranch is located in Elgin (famous for BBQ), TX, about 22 miles east of Austin. We bought this ranch in Sept 2013.

    The property used to be farmland, and has black clay soil (we are working on improving it). We installed 4′ high non-climb horse fence all around the property in Jan, 2014. We also planted many fruit trees and bamboo varieties. We installed 9000 gallons rainwater collection system in Oct, 2014 and plan to add more water tanks In the near future.

    My husband John is an IT programmer; I (Vanessa) am a Fengshui and Chinese astrology practitioner ( ). We both work from home. We have a vision for this property, but we need some help to make it happen. We are non-smokers and we expect the same.

    Vanessa's Interests and hobbies : fengshui, Chinese Astrology, painting, , bamboo crafts (I love bamboo), alternative energy ,organic gardening, edible landscaping, sewing...

    John's interests and hobbies : Role Playing (dungeons and dragons), open source programming, philosophy, history, fixing old cars...

    We have 4 LARGE dogs (If you are allergic or afraid large dogs, this might not work for you).

    Important notes:

    *️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️There is NO public transportation near our house. We are about 5 miles to Elgin main shopping and dining area. There are public buses go to Austin and surrounding cities, but not on weekends. We can pick up or drop you off at the Elgin bus station during weekdays as our schedule allows. Please be sure this quiet life style is the experience you are looking for.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️Please contact with your background, related experience, the length of staying--exact arriving date and leaving date (we can not accept request more than 2 months in advance). Without these information, your request will be automatically declined *️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️

    *️️️ *️️️ *️️️ We are on Pescatarian diet. We eat dairy product and eggs, but NO meat *️️️ *️️️ *️️️

    *️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️Sorry, no pets as one of our dogs is an Akita and she doesn't get along with any dogs not from her pack*️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Drip irrigation system, water collection, gardening, cooking ideas, Fengshui, natal chart reading...

  • Help


    Preference and expectation:

    Length of staying: 2 days minimum.
    Sorry, we do not host smokers.

    Prefer self-motivated person, who can volunteer independently.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Details of things we need help with:

    - - Mowing and trimming

    --Gardening, You need physical strength and don't mind get your hands dirty

    -- repair, and check the drip irrigation system, dig trench to bury main pipes.

    --cooking sometimes

    --house cleaning, organizing

    -- outdoor landscaping projects

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Fluent in English and Chinese, limited Italian

  • Accommodation


    Private bedroom with twin sized daybed, private wash/sink area with shared bathroom
    Helpers are welcome to use our home gym equipment: weights, treadmill, exercise bike, exercise ball....

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are public buses running round trip to Austin ( during commute time M to F).

    Things to do in Austin area:

    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Texas State Capitol
    The Texas State Capitol is the oldest surviving state office structure and a great place to learn about Texas history and the Texas Legislature.
    Free Tours are available daily:
    Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    Sat: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
    Sun: Noon – 3:30 pm

    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Baylor Street Art Wall
    This is one of those Austin stops that uniquely captures the essence of Austin. Once slated to be a condo project that ended up not materializing, the concert foundation has become a canvas for local graffiti artists. It is constantly changing, just like the city. While there be sure to climb to the top to get a great view of the city. Location: 11th & Baylor Street

    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Zilker Park (my favorite place)
    Zilker Park is a 351 acre, dog-friendly park situated in the heart of south Austin. The park offers many different types of fun outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, jogging, and many more. The park also serves as a hub for many special events such as ACL, SWSW, Reggae fest, Zilker Kite Festival and many more.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️ 6TH street
    The most famous, well know street in Austin. 6th street (formerly known as Pecan Street) serves as Austin’s heart of entertainment and nightlife scene. The old historical buildings are now used as bars, music venues, cafes, art galleries, etc. If you want to experience Austin’s crazy nightlife, 6th street is the place to go.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Barton Springs Pool
    Barton Springs Pool is situated at the grounds of Zilker Park. It is a must-go-to place in the summer to cool off, with a 68 degree temperature all year round.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Hamilton Pool Preserve
    This swimming hole sits in a natural grotto carved out of limestone, and is complete with a small beach area and a 50-foot waterfall! Admittance is around $15 per vehicle, and the park usually reaches occupancy by 10am on hot summer days, so arrive early. It’s also a good idea to call before you head out as the preserve is often closed for swimming due to high bacteria levels (most commonly in the days following a rainstorm).

    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Krause Springs
    This family-owned property in Spicewood Springs is what dreams are made of. Natural springs fill a concrete swimming pool on the upper part of the property and the runoff flows via waterfall into the lagoon-like swimming hole down below. You definitely don’t feel like you’re in Central Texas when you spend a day out here.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Listen to live music

    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Kayaking/Canoeing/Rowing/SUP-ing at Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake)

    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Museums
    Austin offers many free museums. Learn about History, Culture, Music, and Art! This is a fun activity for families to experience, explore and enjoy at no cost.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️ and more....

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Thanks John, Jenna and Niclas for the new garden beds with retaining wall
View of the property from road
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