We are a Scottish-English couple with two children (ages 13 and 15). We have self built our house in the Sobrarbe region of Aragon- it is off-grid and was built with sustainable criteria. I work as a practising architect, specializing in energy efficient, eco building, and Tim is an English teacher. We also have some chickens and olive groves. We need help with running and maintaining the house, trees and land. Our house is outside a small village and about 15 minutes from the nearest town with amenities- shops, bars, library, etc... So its very rural and connected with nature. Despite that, we manage to have a good social life and there are always cultural and social events going on in our community, in the villages and towns in the area.
Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
If you live with us for a little while you will learn about what its really like living in a rural place and in a self sufficient house. Its a lifestyle we love and find very rewarding, althought it is hard work.
We speak English when at home, but most of our friends are Spanish and we are all fluent in both languages.
We'd like you to help for 4 hours a day for 5 days in the house or around the garden.
We also expect you to participate around meal times, with preparing meals and clearing up.
WE ARE PRINCIPALLY LOOKING FOR HELP IN THE AUTUMN AND SPRING WITH WOOD CUTTING, SPLITTING AND STACKING; PRUNING TREES, ETC. IT WILL BE ESPECIALLY HELPFUL IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH CHAINSAW WORK.
Some of our ongoing activities are:
Firewood: our house and hotwater are heated purely from a wood stove in the house. We always need to collect wood, chop branches, prune trees. We have 3 hectares of land with trees to manage, so this is a great way of doing it. This can only be done in the autumn, winter and spring, and its a fantastic way to spend the many bright sunny days we have here in the winter during the day, before it gets cold again at night.
Olive trees: there are about 100 olive trees on our land. They have been abandoned for many years and need to be pruned, looked after, with the ultimate aim of being brought back to producing olives.
Gathering and foraging: at certain times of the year nature provides us with wild seasonal produce. We love to gather and then make homemade products for the store cupboard. In September, there are tomatoes and veg from the garden to conserve, apples, blackberries, figs. In autumn mushrooms, in the spring asparagus.
Building: Small building projects include a woodstore, extending the chicken run, shade for cars in summer, converting old truck into accomodation, upgrading and maintaining existing buildings.
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We have a spare room in the house with a double bed.
The house is just outside a small rural village and is quite isolated. During the week, we make daily visits to the local town of Aínsa- a 15 minute drive- where the kids go to school and Mary Rose works. So if your time off co-incides with our movements, you can come along. There are a few buses also which you can take to the bigger nearby towns and cities if you want to do a bit of exploring. Ainsa has shops, bars, restaurants, banks, library, sports centre, park, health centre, schools, etc.
The surrounding area is mountainous with lakes and rivers nearby and there are many outdoor sports which are popular; mountain biking, hiking, climbing, canyoning, kayaking.
Despite being very rural there is a wide variety of social and cultural life, and you are welcome to come along when we go to social events or to see friends.
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