We are a small family of 4 plus our dog Tony, some ducks and sheep.
My name is Linda and I came to Australia in 2006 from Germany. Since then a lot has happened: I travelled NZ for nearly a year and went back to Australia (Melbourne) to study. That's when I met my husband Angus and in 2016 we had our son Valentin and just recently our little daughter Fraya.
We live in a country town in East Victoria called Bairnsdale (about 3.5 hours from Melbourne) which has everything you need from Bunnings to Aldi ;)
Bairnsdale is near the mountains and the sea. It's a 30 min drive to the beach, 10 min walk to the river and a 2 hour driven to the snow :)
We live in a 3 bedroom home with large garden and just converted the garage into a granny flat with ensuite.
We also have a few acres out of town with some sheep and fruit trees.
We usually both run our own businesses but im on maternity leave at the moment.
There are always things to do here.
From baby sitting, dog walking, cleaning, cooking , gardening, lawnmowing, fencing, painting, dancing, hiking, cooking, baking, swimming, chatting and chilling :)
We don't have set jobs and times for you, but rather like a hand here or there with day to day tasks....
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
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We have loads of projects and are always 'doing things from brewing beer, making sour dough, kombucha, tea yoghurt etc. Angus loves anything cars and bikes. We have a few pushbikes that can be taken out for rides along the railrail or river walks.
We recently bought a little caravan that we can hopefully take out soon to explore some new areas.
We would love for someone to come stay with us as part of our family and help out in the house, garden, farm and with baby sitting in exchange for free accomodation, food and unlimited internet.
If theres is a lot of work or you're a handyman and help us with our projects we could even pay you.
It would be fantastic if and you could speak German and teach Vali (and Angus) some but its not a must.
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We have a selfcontained granny flat in the garden (with its own toilet and shower)
We would love for you to be part of the family and live and eat with us, but that's up to you. There is no real kitchen in the granny flat but you're welcome to use ours any time you like.
We would expect you to help out a a bit in house and garden and keep things clean and tidy as much as possible and not use our place as a 'hotel'. We had people stay in the past that were here to be served by us. This is not our intention with this.
We are pretty open and generous when it comes to taking time to show you around and make you enjoy your stay.
If there are things you are especially good at Or not good at just chat with us and we will sort something out.
You must love kids and dogs :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
You can certainly park the van at the front of the house or in the driveway if you like to sleep in that up to you.
If they get along with our dog Tony and the ducks and don't destroy the kids toys absolutely :)
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 4 days a week