I am Viv, a 52 yo mother of two (son 24 who lives away and daughter 22) married to Ian, a motor mechanic and jack of many trades 54 yrs old. I work as a receptionist with a medical clinic part time, my husband also works part time. We are owner builders, but nearly finished. We live on 47 acres where we have several domestic and a handful of farm animals. I have done some travelling in Europe and my family enjoy interests such as, music & theatre, film, playing instruments and singing, learning languages, animal husbandry, solar living, growing predominantly organic meat, old engines, reading, horse riding, motorbikes, and attempting to reduce our environmental impact. At times, when we holiday, we need animal sitters who will care for our animals as we do. my mum (75 yo) enjoys meeting new people and she has her own house 10 minutes away. We have a spare room and queen bed for people to stay in with shared facilities and food in exchange for help. AT times we need people with building skills (wood) but not always. We laugh a lot and enjoy meeting new people. A love of dogs, horses and responsibility is very very important.
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Types of work are, animal care, help around the house. at other times Possibly some fencing if mutually agreeable. or carpentry. Generally, just a helping hand. Nothing will be asked of you that you feel is beyond your abilities. We like to correspond via email before a visit so that we and our workawayer/s can get an idea of what to expect.
At present if you stay with us, you will have a bed in the house of your own, i
, with shower and toilet facilities shared. Meals would naturally be taken with the family. We eat all kinds of foods and different styles of cooking. We are entirely solar powered, tank water too. But we do have a normal phone and internet access. Television etc. We also have sound equipment if our visitor is into playing an instrument. You must like dogs and horses. also non smoking.
Huge wine growing district and further north there is more farming land and the Murray river. Locally, we have Lake Eppalock (fresh water) where you can fish, swim, canoe/kayak, sail, ski.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
20-25 hrs a week which can be organised to suit both parties.