Live and learn French with good food and wine. Quiet country life in Lower Normandy, France




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    We are a French couple of university professors specialized in English/Welsh/Irish civilization and computing. We love music and entertaining. We are now living in this beautiful domain in Normandy with lots of gardens and field. Around you can go walking, canoeing, climbing, and horse riding. . We know our wine well and good quality organic food is always available. We need help all year round. No digging no herbicide nor pesticide is our motto. We want to do our share now we have time to save what is left of our planet. 'very idealistic I know, but we can try, try and try...we'll succeed at last (Jimmy Cliff) . We are a bit isolated .We leave in a very small hamlet with nothing but kind people around. Next village 4kms. Cities around 12kms , or more. We have good bikes to lend. and can drop you places if needed sometimes.Extremely quiet place, wonderful gardens for meditation, art ,yoga, taichi . If you are a city lover with bars and disco, stay away you won't like it.

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    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    As university professors ,we have spent our lives with young people, so we are used to exchange on many topics, dealing with research , science and civilization. Dominique is also a specialist at teaching languages and has extremely efficient simple techniques to teach languages. She knows a lot about gardening and is a wonderful cook . French cuisine has no secret for her. Now she is studying all sorts of new approaches to food and their benefits for a healthy diet. We know our wine well and always provide good quality organic food when possible.We love playing games cards, dice and so on. We also can have music evenings or pool competitions. Well life is too short to be dull.
    We also love photography and will organize a photo exhibition in July in our medieval chapel . (pretty shabby state, also needs work to be done to it ...)

  • Help


    Help! Urgent. Gardening and outdoor maintenance. Right now we need help for weeding and lawn mowing, remaking flower beds, easy job. Lime work on the garden walls around property, repainting of garden doors and furniture . If you prefer we also want to cover the walls of the cellars with lime paste (beautiful stuff, easy to use and healthy material) .We also intend to repair and clean a stable for two horses to come. Some wood carpentry needed as well in the stable. And of course, definitely need help from March for weeding a lot and keep the gardens and alleys well kept and renew flower beds. Some lawn mowing. We have 2 acres.You decide and choose what you want to do but a mixing between gardening and maintenance especially if you know lime would be appreciated. There is a lot to do. We want people who are well organized and know about gardening and lime work although we are good at it ourselves.. People who are hard working and like what they do, autonomous once they have been explained what has to be done in general terms.
    We also continue our vegetable garden with permaculture. Watering in the evening . We expect some participation with cleaning cooking shopping and washing up. A couple preferably but you can also apply if you are very interested and single.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English French a bit of Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Own bedroom and own bathroom. Pool table in the main lounge .Table tennis in the garden. TV in the tv room upstairs if needed many films in French and English. Loads of books. Internet connection. Guitars, cajun and a piano. Beautiful gardens to relax.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Plenty to visit around. Caen, Bayeux , Domfront, Falaise are all in easy reach . Canoeing, climbing, elastic jumping, horse riding are all locally available. theatre, singing, yoga etc ;available in the area..

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Very flexible as to the time table. We never start before 10 in the morning.

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