Practical people help wanted for forestry, ECO building and more in the Pyrenees, France

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  • Description

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    Hi there. Rejoice. We have just passed a big landmark in Workaway terms. We just received our 63rd EXCELLENT feedback. We are going to open a bottle of fizz tonight !! (and share it with our newly arrived Workawayers)!

    We had a great summer with our volunteers and got a lot of really great work completed, had a lot of fun, taught a lot of skills and made friends.

    However we are recruiting for next year.........2020
    Come and spend quality time with us. Vacancy for a single or a couple. You will be made most welcome.

    CARPENTERs most welcome
    PLUMBER???. Help me to create a buffer tank from Solar panels to the Heat Exchanger and other stuff. None of it difficult, just needs to be done.
    MECHANIC, always stuff to do here with our vehicles and kit.

    LOOKING FORWARD to next APRIL spend 2 months on our BOAT in Greece helping me doing a major refit. If you have any talent in decorating, marine engines or ships woodwork etc etc please get in touch.

    JANUARY FEBRUARY AND MARCH are great months with snow and skiing (and work)!!
    Hands on CAN DO practical people wanted, especially someone with good decorating skills.
    We are also logging then!
    Over the winter.........................
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    We are building, decorating, sorting out the greenhouses for next year - restoring an old stone house - getting the wood in for the winter. The list goes on ! Come and feel loved and needed. We are nice and feed people properly.
    Are you practical? Are you able to get up in the morning? Do you want to have fun? Sign here!

    ALSO need help with .........LOGGING....chopping wood making kindling etc...... check out our pix.

    WORK ON OUR BOAT.............MOORED IN PREVEZA, IONIAN ISLANDS, GREECE.
    Can you sand, varnish,polish,change the engine oil, drink a lot?
    I need two all round skilled people to help me refit our WOODEN boat for APRIL AND MAY 2020
    It's fun and rewarding. I know this is months in advance but I Hope to hear from you

    . Read the FEEDBACKS from previous crews Rebecca and Dawn and Allesandro !

    Come to us and find out why we always have a lot of applications to join our project!!
    Our FEEDBACK coming up to 9 years with Workaways is -----63 'EXCELLENT', 3 'VERY GOOD' , 1 'NEUTRAL' and 2 'BAD'

    The two BAD were 7 years apart so not so dramatic.......and remember the old saying:-
    You can please all of the people some of the time
    You can please some of the people all of the time
    BUT You can't please all the people all the time !!

    So back to today..................

    NOW READ THE BIT ABOUT the Work Ethic and the appreciation of the natural world here. If you have never been stung by a nettle (or are frightened of being stung by a nettle) do not apply.

    Work in the forest with us. Improve your muscle tone ! Save a fortune on Gym membership fees!
    Winter here is wonderful, sun and snow, log fire, great food and French red wine !!
    Lumber Jacks and Jills wanted. Remember the Monty Python sketch............. bring a kilt ( no Bagpipes) !!!
    We have 20 felled trees to cut up and split and transport down to the house etc etc. Healthy outdoor work and fun fun fun.

    We are always looking for People/Pioneers with building skills (or very practically minded)!! We always need help! Be part of our family and team.......It's pioneering work and fun fun fun. Practical hands on people only. We don't do Yoga - too busy. Help with our pig sty, chicken coup, cut trees, making a road through the forest, making a fire(BBQ) pit.........Eating drinking!! Planting, building, warm fuzzy feeling.....
    Gardening, mechanics, carpenters, builders, plumbers, , PV and solar power experienced people. Lots of etceteras.........If you are a 'CAN DO' and PRO ACTIVE person you will love it here!

    WE HAVE A 300 yr old stone 'mountain house' in the last stages of restoration, so if you have a feeling for this kind of work then please apply.

    Come and work on the BOAT ...... Looking for carpenters/boatwrights/mechanics for work on the boat in GREECE next APRIL/MAY/JUNE 2020...................

    Remember that when the weather gets warmer we have a lot of applications to come to us. Book early and be sure!!

    And now to the Spam !!

    Hello again, I was previously a world traveler and adventurer (still a sailor)! Now settled in the Pyrenees with Virginia my wife, we have a lovely house, farm and woodland (see pix below) We aspire to eco development, the house already is carbon neutral with power supplied by photovoltaic solar panels. I am an architect and builder with a lifelong passion in saving ancient and beautiful buildings. If one stone remains with your help I can re-build it!! We have a lot of land and forest and live at 600metres above sea level. This altitude guarantees 4 seasons, Spring is glorious and begins very early by European standards Summer is guaranteed to be lovely weather without it ever (!) becoming unbearably hot, Autumn is fabulous with all the hardwood leaves of the forests turning the whole area into an artists canvas, Winter we have usually two big dumps of snow between December to late Feb early March there is great skiing (three resorts - approx.one hour away).
    We have 3 'sheep' dogs (see photo) - , super friendly cat. In the recent past we have also kept pigs chickens goats ducks sheep etc etc. We always take care of, kill and eat our own livestock personally. Everything here gets a good life (and respectful death).
    The reason we have downsized the farm is because we have a 45' sailing ketch and we have been spending long periods on the boat in a large restoration project (she is wooden and an American classic - we sailed her across the Atlantic).
    So now the boat is almost finished and we have to get the farm running again.
    I have a tractor (massey 70hp) plough harrow etc etc., a tracked digger and a dumper, two chainsaws, two bushcutters etc etc. In fact we have all the kit.............
    What we were hoping to accomplish this winter is to clear a piece of forest about 10 acres in size. We want to bring it back to pasture and mill all the wood we take out. All told we have something like 60 acres to clear.
    In addition, we would like to build tunnels and maintain the veggy garden and restore a beautiful barn (1840) as the roof has caved in and the stone walls need restoring etc etc. SEE PIX

    Where we live abounds in fauna and bird-life, you can walk ride,ski, bike, anywhere you want, as far as Spain if you want, you will never come across a sign that says "Keep Out - Private Property" like in England or the US! (Horrible ! Ugh.)
    Life is good here, and in return for good honest work (see note below *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️) we can offer convivial company and accommodation, food is included as is wine and beer (and fizzy water if you prefer). We are considered to be a good and creative cooks (and after saying this now we will have to prove it!) and like to share cooking with any-one who is interested in learning or who already has skills. I am very happy to pass along my skills to any-one interested in every facet of the project etc.

    So, send an e-mail with a description of who you are, what you like.
    This position is open to all regardless of race, sex, religion,lactose intolerance, age, number of heads etc., Aliens however, need to send me a telepathic response!
    We are not smokers (dope or baccy) and if we have the choice we always go for non smokers! (but if we like the sound of you, pragmatism rules).
    Cheers
    Barry

    PS We speak English and French. Because we have so many people from International backgrounds ENGLISH is the common language in the house.
    PPS We are omnivores but are happy to accommodate veggies if they are tolerant. Sorry but we find accommodating Vegan lifestyles too difficult.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn what you want to. My experience in many many fields will be available to you to learn and practice. We like pro-active people who are looking for life and life's experience. If you want it, it's here.

  • Help

    Help

    We have an ECO plan to harness/harvest the power from 'our' river, turn it into electricity to heat tunnels in the winter. CAn you help with this? We also intend at some point to restore a beautiful barn (1840) as the roof has caved in and the stone walls need restoring etc etc.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Note. Flexible hours to us doesn't mean working when you wake up, we want reliable people to help us, not wait for! A strong WORK ETHIC is important to us. We think that a fulfilled and fit body is a happy body....the mind of course always becomes stronger with a fit and healthy body. 99% of people who have worked here normally put in a full day and then take time off in days (if that makes sense)>
    2011/12/13/15/16/17/18/19 were great years for us and our Workaway volunteers, we gained some great feedbacks

    63 EXCELLENTS means it can't be a fluke !
    Read the (2) one stars I got...........If you identify with those Workaways please don't come.......

    Most people who came to us came actually to enjoy the work we are doing. This is the buzz!
    At any time people could take whatever time off they wanted, planned in advance. We always run people to the rail station or town and also pick them up again when they return.
    Keeping flexible is the key
    One Workawayer who applied to us quoted us as being 'The Workaway' host opportunity - with balls' I think that is pretty close to what we are. Honest, straight, integer, ecological, friendly and with enthusiasm and guts. If you don't see yourself in this situation, if you can't get up in the morning or are not reliable, please do not apply.

    Last Note. The area surrounding us is in a national park and it is one of the few areas of the world where forestry is increasing. We do not fell trees without considerable thought and planning.
    Whatever outdoor sport or pastime you want to do is here! Skiing, snowboarding, skating, thermal baths, climbing, cycling, hiking, canoeing, climbing, hanging out(?) etc.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English . French.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have 4 Rooms in the main house (two doubles with en suite for couples and two singles) or you can be independent (some prefer it) in the summer months a caravan within 10 metres of the house (with mains electric etc). You 'live' in the house but sleep in the caravan! Beautiful views are all around us.
    Tenting in the summer is also an option.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Best to e-mail us as we almost always log on in the evenings.
    In the light of recent experiences with some 'Workawayers' we are looking for people to stay a minimum of one month. Whilst it is difficult to make this commitment and nothing is set in stone, what we don't want is to make a considerable emotional and time investment with some-one only to find out that they are actually 'Couch Surfing' and only staying for a minimum period (one girl stayed just 2 days ) just enough to get them on their way again. So, sorry but NO 'couch surfers' on our project. If you think a month is too long, then look at our feedback. We can't be that bad to live with!! We have had four people stay here for A YEAR and longer!
    We are usually booked out in the summer so if you think you will fit in, book early!
    Thanks, come and have an experience to remember.
    Barry

    AND FINALLY, sorry if this info site may be slightly inaccurate as we have just come back from sailing and some things have changed at the 'ranch' ie my beloved beloved dog Kiltie is no longer with us. We do however have her daughter Molly who is adorable as well, so please forgive some minor inaccuracies but the bulk of everything written above is correct.

  • 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

    Maximum 4-5 hours, 5 days a week (maximum 25 a week)

Local waterfall
Try this slide?
River in January 2018
Autumn bounty
Sailing the Greek islands now
Sea Pixie, no self steering, no roller reefing, no gadgets, real sailing!!
Pro active people wanted for forestry, building restoration, carpentry, Mechanics etc !!
Kirstie from Canada and Emil from Sweden, now French loggers !!
Carly with Tess one of our dogs (the mad one). This scene is available 3 hour walk from the house.
Our Eco House
kiltie
Restoration of the barn
'Our" forest in autumn
'Our" river

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