I am early retired from a high pressure job in the UK and living simply with two traditionally built Portuguese houses in a beautiful spot overlooking the Obidos Lagoon between the town of Caldas da Rainha and the seaside resort of Foz do Arelho.
I have three Springer Spaniel dogs and two Lusitano horses at home and work part time as an equestrian professional writing articles for a Portuguese magazine and training young horses and horsemen. We have a large garden with fruit trees and veg a patch which I try to keep organic which I would love to be better tended.
Old properties always require maintenance and help with that would be appreciated.
I ONLY TAKE LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS WITHIN THE NEXT 4 WEEKS AS I TRAVEL AWAY WITH MY WORK AND ONLY KNOW ABOUT A MONTH AHEAD WHEN I WILL BE AT HOME. PLEASE BE SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT DATES YOU WANT TO COME HAVING FIRST LOOKED AT MY CALENDAR. IF IT IS IN RED THERE IS NO CURRENT AVAILABILITY.
PLEASE READ AND DIGEST MY WHOLE PROFILE BEFORE YOU MESSAGE ME.
AUGUST 2017. Vacancy for a couple who already knows how to differentiate weeds from growing vegetables and have interest in gardening. Assistance with horse care/maintenance general tidying, house sitting and dog/horse sitting if I go out. DIY skills/carpenters/electricians a bonus. No under 20's please. We are LBGT friendly. English speaking is a requirement.
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Weeding, planting, general garden clearing, digging, stable/field cleaning, Competence in use of equipment such as petrol strimmer or chainsaw useful but not essential. DIY skills inside and outside the houses. Applicants need to be self starters, willing and able to get out of bed in the mornings, not physically weak and with the ability to follow simple instructions without constant supervision. If you can't push a wheelbarrow full of horseshit and have to do weeding sitting down maybe this is not the place for you (the last two points are non-negotiable)
Separate self contained bedsit with ONE double bed. Thus only suitable for a pair of friends if you are extremely friendly! Suits single or couple. Bathroom, kitchen area, sunny patio overlooking the lagoon (currently with a view of a flock of flamingos) . Access to 2 acre garden. Some communal meals but basically self catering, food provided. Please state your food preferences prior to arriving.
The houses are rural and out of the village but not isolated. Obidos Lagoon is a magnet for birdwatchers and water sports enthusiasts. Opportunity to learn Natural Horsemanship skills. The forests that border the lagoon are great for hiking and biking (I have two bikes). The beach at Foz do Arelho is spectacular and popular with surfers and bodyboarders/kitesurfers. There are bars, restaurants and nightclubs in Foz do Arelho (4km). The local village is in walking distance (1km) and has bars, restaurants, a mini market and a bus to the town of Caldas da Rainha (6km). Bring mosquito repellent for your comfort at dawn and dusk in the warmer months.
People tell me that I have a great sense of humour but it is a little dry. Most of the comments in my profile have been added due to the experience I have had with previous WW'ers
I like vegetarian food so long as I can have meat with it. Vegetarians are welcome but any who want to lecture me about that will get short shrift.
NB. Alcohol is very cheap in Portugal and drugs decriminalised. I also enjoy a glass of wine but take a dim view of people who want to come here just to get smashed out of their faces on one or the other.
Yes we have WIFI but only if you bring your own appliance to receive it with.
Unless your last workaway was living with camels in a mud hut in the sahara desert (yes you can) please don't arrive with packs full of washing you expect me to do.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
I feel competent to impart my knowledge of ...Organic gardening, Horse care and management, Natural horsemanship, Rider Biomechanics, Cookery (see my feedback), The British sense of humour. Spurious advice gleaned from nearly six decades on the planet.
4 hours per day, 6 days per week