We are happy Dutch couple 68,72, retired. We love to meet new people from al over the world, it keeps us young. Buying our house in the 90ties ment that we bought a ruine with a wild bush field at the back of it. And since then we are working to make our dream come trought: our own house and grow our own vegetables.
We have a big ecological vegetable garden, with ducks and chickens. We love to grow our own food without pest- insect- and other cides. I would love to say it is a permaculture garden, this culture interest me a lot, but it is not: I do not know enough of this way of gardening, still learning
We try do grow heirloom varieties as much as possible. My husband works in the house (he is building a small sauna for us at the moment) and doing repair work. Since I have a back problem/ blessure since last year he has to help me a lot in the garden. It would be helpfull for both of us if we could get some help in the garden, so Hans can continue with the buildingwork.
Since we are getting at the end of summertime the gardenwork will be things like cutting dead branches in the orchard, making marmalades and pickels, cleaning, cutting the gras etc.
Hans can always use help with building and repairing in and around the house. That help can be given the whole year around. At the moment he is looking for help building the sauna and to restore the old walls of our house.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
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I can learn you much about growing your own vegetables..not on a big scale/farmway but really for you and your family. I use new ideas like no-dig gardening, lasagna gardening, mulching and a Keyhole gardening. I am still learning a lot about all that. I can tell a lot about how to preserve, but sorry, there is not so much to preserve in spring.
I can also tell some about edible wild plants and bis-annual vegetables.
Hans can transfer you his skills for building and repairing. He does a lot of recyclingwork around the house.
Our village is calme, 300 people and there is nothing more to do then have a nice walk trough the fields, cycle and/ or read a book in the garden. There is a lot of space here between the villafes. This is an area normally very agriculture. We still have 5 farmers in the village. Normally we have good internet and mobile acces.
Which is also very nice about our village: we have a village garden with vegetable growing next to the church. There we work with a group of volunteers and we also try out ideas about permaculture. We are starting a food forest in the village very near our house!
Every year we have a village party with an ecological theme.
That day the villagegarden Is open for everyone , and we have plants, workshops, information to sell or to give.
(and in the weeks before the party all help is welcome!)
I think you need a car if you want to do more outside the village. If you are on longer stay we will surely go out to show you the area!
We can speak Dutch, English or French if you like.
We are 30 KMS from the battlefields of Verdun, first WW.
Close by France: Metz&Verdun- world city of peace-
Luxembourg: Luxembourg city
What we specially need is 2 fit people who love to work outside and help me to bring the garden, chicken coop and greenhouse to a winter ready stage. Maybe a couple who like to enjoy also our little guesthouse? Or two friends, this type of garden work is always nicer to share it although I will be around a bit as wel.
We also look for a couple or two of friends because we have found in previous workaway experiences that we find it exhausting to eat and spend every night together. For example, we would like it if you regularly, by appointment, cook and enjoy yourself in our nice rental house. The house is very suitable for that, and of course we provide all the ingredients.
The work will be like this:
In the garden
* Weed-up the no-dig beds and mulch them with straw.
* Cleaning parts of the garden were weeds grow that we do not want there. This will say: cutting or taken out wild blackberries, not wanted herbs etc.
* Help maintain the veg garden.
* Help with processing the vegetables and fruit for winter storage.
In the house:
*help with everything Hans is doing, at the moment making us a sauna, but it can also be cutting wood, repairing the roof, refreshing the joints of the walls in our 18e century house, painting windows and doors, cleaning etc.
* Maybe if you like to cook preparing meals alone or together, After 50 years in the kitchen I still like to learn other ways of preparing our daily food but You can make me very happy to prepare a good meal for me.
We offer a stay in our guest suite there is a big kitchen with table and chairs and besides a bedroom with a 1.40 bed with big sitting area and a toilet/shower beside. If you are with two friends who want to sleep apart there is an other bedroom upstairs (no toilet on that floor). There is no tv but there is WiFi in this house.
I provide ingredients for breakfast in your kitchen and the other meals we can eat together in our part of the house.
Normally I rent the guest suite out and it is all in good shape, it was the first part of the ruïne that we repaired.
If the guesthouse is rented there is still a friends room available
We can get and bring you to the train station if you do not have a car. For the rest, besides as we are going to do some shopping it will be a stay in the village, we take the car not often! My husband is mostly busy with repairing and building in the house, and I am in charge of the garden. If you want to get out to see Verdun, Metz and Luxembourg you really need a car yourself. We can always see about a trip with the car..;0)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
we have an orchard with place for a camper or van.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week