Help with gardening at a former water mill in Dordogne, France

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  • Description

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    I am a physicist/economist artist who spent a few years working in Japan when that was the most expensive place in the world to live. I saved my money, worked from 07:30 to 22:00 each day (in three different jobs) and on Sundays not at all and with all those yen bought a former mill in France. Now I am wondering what I am to do with such a great potential.
    I have been an environmentalist since I was 14 years old, always aware of the effect of my activity on the whole world and then it became trendy to think like I had been doing yet no one was actually doing anything about the situation. By situation I mean that many people are wasting their lives away trying to
    1. pay the rent
    2. pay for the car
    3. pay for heating
    4. pay for food
    and all of those things can be reduced to zero when we get our perspectives sorted.
    Why pay rent when you can build your own place?
    Why pay for a car when a bike will do?
    Why pay for heating when if you make your home insulated then there will be NO need to have to pay for heating?
    Food? Well if you can plant some seeds and then learn how to care for them then there may be a chance that you can at some point actually feed yourself.

    So, where are you in the rat race right now? Slaving away to pay just to exist? OK, that is not unusual. But take a break and think about trying something else for a change.

    I can offer you all the above and for only four hours of your time a day. The rest you can use to work out your own plan. Or join me in learning how to replace the slave system with independent living.

    I am someone who talks a lot, but then I also have a need to turn those conversations into practical results. I talk and discuss, then I make decisions and attempt to implement the conclusions, always with an attitude of being able to change. Life is change and so it is important to be able to see that mistakes have been made and that is nothing new. We constantly make mistakes, but to be able to recognise those mistakes is an ability which we can learn to nurture.


    This location is a former water mill set in a forest just 6 kilometres from Thiviers, Dordogne, France. It has been turned into a home and I would like to get some water power operating but that is a long term project. The best air on planet earth with clear skies at night make it great for star-gazing. An abundance of wild animals makes it attractive for those who enjoy spotting birds, squirrels and various other creatures.

    This is the area that the French come to to enjoy excellent food. I can cook but would like to get help so that I can use my time to do some reconstruction work on a barn.

    Pinky my female cat lives in the house and she is afraid of dogs so sadly I cannot give space to people who are travelling with their own dog.

    Regarding long term visitors it would be great if someone is interested in creating a vegetable garden - the river valley soil is rich and soft and a pleasure to work with.

    I am interested in finding people who are willing to join me and help out. I have been teaching English for years and could also teach French, German and Japanese should some like to exchange. I would like to practice some Spanish as this is the language of many peoples who are still living the natural lifestyle. I would like to go to Ecuador at some point and learn the traditional methods of preparing the earth for cultivation. Fukuoka, permaculture, Feng Shui are some themes with which I have been involved and would like to deepen. Meditation and yoga are practices with which I have been acquainted but wish to further. If I have company with whom I can practice then that is great.

    Life is very short and so I don't wish to waste any more time stuck in the usual rut. The internet has appeared and I would be a fool not to use it to find others who are also willing and able to travel the same path as I have done. Don't hesitate too much.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I can teach English, French, German and Japanese. Many years teaching experience with kids of 10 to 17 and professional adults ranging from "top managers" to "hobby speechologists".

  • Help

    Help

    Some things I would appreciate help with:
    Shutters and wooden furniture oiled/varnished, some window frames painting. The entrance bridge has been enlarged to allow larger wheeled vehicles to pass - a draw bridge would be a nice solution for some person who knows about the engineering involved! The barn columns made of concrete need extending so that they reach the roof - a temple to replace the barn is a nice thing to work towards. I have now got wifi throughout the property and grounds.

    I have several pairs of iron gates which need to be mounted on home made concrete columns - foundations for columns and setting these straight - .

    Some building work, lots of gardening, a lot of tree felling or hedge cutting. Cooking help would be great too.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Japanese: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Holiday home rooms available outside the months of July August, caravan.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Internet wifi around the house, more castles in this area than in the rest of France together. Swimming, fishing, biking, hiking, star-gazing, visiting caves, horse-riding, tennis and French cuisine.

    I am hoping to get some help for 5 hours a day in exchange for accommodation and excursions visiting the beautiful countryside. I can provide simple meals if no one else prefers to cook.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    The wifi works all around the grounds of this 6000 square metre site. There are lots of places to sit and surf without distractions - I am doing it right now - outside in the shade.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is space for three or four cars - a campervan can also stay - it is shaded, but they would have to sort out making it level themselves. I know that not being level is uncomfortable and can help with various materials.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    I love to see people travelling with their pets. The one exception is dogs. I have travelled with my friend Harry the crow around Europe and with Pinky too my female cat, but Pinky does not like dogs in general. She is the boss and so I can't take in people who have dogs with them.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Now the bucket has been filled and we just have to wait for the cement to harden - 32 days it has to be kept damp if possible for maximum hardness.
This green bucket will be filled with cement after it has been tied with wire into the correct position. Then it will be closer to fulfilling its function - supporting the roof of the barn.
Looking out of the south window the footbridge was intact last year - now the planks will need to be replaced.
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