Come and help us with house and garden in a small hamlet in the Midi Pyrenees, France

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  • Last activity: 02/02/2023

Availability

  2023 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    I am English and my husband is French . We moved here from England 15 years ago. We have about three hectares of land. As we are in a valley most of it is woodland with an area of meadow and a large vegetable and flower garden. Every year we open once or twice for Open Gardens, to raise money for charity. We can't change the world, but we can make sure that our land is managed to encourage biodiversity. Opening the garden allows us to meet like minded people and encourage others to garden organically. We cut the meadow once or twice a year to encourage wildflowers. In the winter we cut our own wood, coppice and try to manage it for wildflowers. We have a Jack Russell called Priska, 2 cats, three chickens, lots of ducks, and incredible insects and butterflies ..

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Meal times are important, a time to talk and learn from each other.we are a mix of english culture and french.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    We cut the meadow gradually so we have different heights of grass , but all the grass has to be collected. This is done manually as we have quite steep slopes.Some of the slopes are terraced, but these are becoming very overgrown so they need to be cleared with a brushcutter. Work and maintenance on the paths so we have access with the motorised wheelbarrow. Lots of other jobs in the garden, picking fruit and vegetables, then preserving and baking. I bake nearly all the bread and lots of cakes. We are not vegetarain, but we do not eat a lot of meat. We grow most of our vegetables.

    June. This June we are particularly looking for a couple to look after the animals and garden, so that we can go away for a week. The ducks and chickens need to be fed, opened up in the morning and shut up at night. The cats need feeding. Priska our dog will probably need the most attention as this is the first time that we have ever left her. She is very loving, but hates to be left out. We walk her every morning and in between times throw the ball. If we are reading she likes to sit with us, if we are in the garden she will be there, with us. She likes going out in the van, but obviously June can be hot so it is not always possible to take her. Generally she is very well behaved, doesn't run off, but she is timid, espcially with big dogs that she doesn't know. The greenhouse, pots and salad will need watering.

    July, We cut some more of the meadow and clear the brambles in the woods. Vegetables to be picked and jam making.

    August is generally hot. The house needs attention, a good clean and windows and doors need wood protection. More fruit and vegetables from the garden. The banks of the stream need attention and more of the meadow needs to be cut

    September, seed collection, fruit and veg to be dealt with. Fire wood needs to be brought in for winter

    October, is the main month for dealing with the garden,. moving, dividing and potting up plants.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

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

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A separate chalet in the garden with a double bed. Compost toilet in the garden and shower and wash basin in the top of the barn

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in a small hamlet, beside a stream. The nearest village (La Bastide L\'Eveque) is 3 km and the nearest town (Villefranche de Rouergue) 11Km. There are bicycles. There are lots of paths for walking, including a GR. You can swim in the Aveyron river, just 2km. 10 minutes walk from the house we have the Martinet, where they used the water to work the copper. It is now a museum, with demonstrations.We have a piano and my husband plays the guitar. His first love is gypsy jazz, but he plays all sorts.
    We welcome most people but we don''t think we could cope with Donald Trump's supporters.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 242283723589

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