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Mining for 'gold' in Beechworth, north-east Victoria in a new 12 acre lifestyle block, Australia

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello! Ciao! We are Resi and Vince. We are pretty new owners of 12 acres paradise in the making! We moved in in September 2016, and we are eager to give back to the Workaway community and welcome some helpers!

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    UPDATE December 2020 >>>
    With the easing of the restrictions, we are back open to host workawayers at our place in Beechworth!!

    Activities needing help with:
    - grass maintenance, from cutting grass to whipper snipping/strimming fence lines to brushcutting blackberries
    - maintenance of the vegetable beds and large tomatoes crop
    -help with dog walking
    - firewood prepping for winter
    - food preserving
    - inside house painting
    - irrigation setting up

    Please, when messaging clearly state when you would like to arrive and leave. Vince works full time in Wangaratta and Resi part-time from home, so there is some element of working often alone after full instructions is given.

    Note: it’s starting to get hot now, 34C once or twice a week. Our advice is to work 5 mornings a week 8-12 or even earlier if you prefer.

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    Our journey started in 2013, when we packed up our home in North Wales and travelled to Australia, New Zealand and Italy, mostly thanks to Workaway hosts. We have learnt a huge wealth of information, visited amazing places and make great forever friends. We have now decided to give something back to the Workaway community.

    Resi, 47, is Italian but lived for over 20 years in the UK before moving to Australia, thanks to Vince, 40, who is Australian and together we have settled in North East Victoria, in a lovely town called Beechworth.

    As we mentioned, our new home is a 12 acres lifestyle block and is a bit of an empty canvas slowly being filled. So it is ideal if you like to make an impact and would like to be part of designing a new permaculture project. There is a bit of everything that needs doing. We would like your help to map out the land, set-up a ‘start’ off the vegetable patch, plant trees, tend to the chickens and choose which plants to grow (expect trips to garden centre, in the name of research of course!). But there is also work to be done indoors, such as finishing putting plasterboard up and painting, fixing skirting board and architraves. Don’t worry if you don’t know what you are doing, it will be a just question of time!

    Resi teaches Italian in Beechworth as well as running a small deluxe dogminding business and working for a neighbouring shire. Vince works in Wangaratta as an Organics Officer. We both enjoy travelling, discover new places, the outdoors and sustainable lifestyles. Resi particularly enjoys growing vegetables, preserving the harvest and she is also a bit of an IT geek. Vince is an outdoor sports fan, from mountain biking, wild swimming, trail running and more. New hobby includes home brewing and enjoying the product of his hard work. We both have a love for food and cooking, and socialising.

    We host helpers on 21hrs in exchange for all week food and lodging. We will provide all the food you need for all the time you are staying with us and a comfy place to sleep. We do eat meat, however during summer time is mostly vegetarian, with some yummy bacon or something! If you are vegetarian or vegan, let’s chat - that is not an issue - but we will need to do some extra planning! Resi used to be vegan and we also like to eat vegetarian, so it’s not a problem. This also applies to any other dietary requirements within reason. And if you enjoy cooking, we most definitely will like to hear from you!

    What’s to do on your day off? Beechworth is a gold mining town with heaps and heaps of history and character. Google it and look for the 'Explore Beechworth', there are plenty of videos to inspire you. During winter we are about 1.5-2hrs drive to the ski slopes of Falls Creek and Mount Hotham (note, there are a few charges to access the ski fields - ask us about it!) Bushwalking and camping abounds and there are lots of free camping places to go and explore. We are also in a prime wine making area, cycle tracks abound and if micro brewing interests you, every local town has at least one micro-brewery!

    If you like the sound of what we have to offer, get in touch and find out more. Couple/friends are welcome.

    PLEASE NOTE: we are about 6km from town, that is 20min bike ride (on cycle trail) or 1.5hr walk. if you don't have your own transport, we have bikes you can borrow.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    A mix of Italian, Welsh, UK and obviously, Aussie experiences await you. Beechworth is brimming with history and culture. We are ourselves on a journey to learn more about managing a lifestyle block, we would welcome for you to learn with us.

  • Help

    Help

    *️️️*️️️*️️️
    UPDATE December 2020 >>>
    With the easing of the restrictions, we are back open to host workawayers at our place in Beechworth!!

    Activities needing help with:
    - grass maintenance, from cutting grass to whipper snipping/strimming fence lines to brushcutting blackberries
    - maintenance of the vegetable beds and large tomatoes crop
    - help with dog walking
    - firewood prepping for winter
    - food preserving
    - inside house painting
    - irrigation setting up

    Please, when messaging clearly state when you would like to arrive and leave. Vince works full time in Wangaratta and Resi part-time from home, so there is some element of working often alone after full instructions is given.

    Note: it’s starting to get hot now, 34C once or twice a week. Our advice is to work 5 mornings a week 8-12 or even earlier if you prefer.

    *️️️️️*️️️️️*️️️️️

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    Italian first language tutor

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The primary helpers room is our spare room with a queen sized bed.
    All bedding and towels are provided. Bathroom is private but the washing machine is in there so that element is ‘shared’!
    No smokers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you wish to visit North East Victoria and save some money on your great Aussie experience this is something worth considering. Beechworth has got plenty of cafes and hospitality places to earn some extra much needed travelling funds, and at the right time of the year, there is plenty of harvest and vineyard work for you to also gain your visa days (check postcode is allowed by your WHV> 3747) Please note we are quite new to the area and CAN'T assist with securing any work locally.

  • 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

    Digital nomads welcome to join us. Resi works from home so will be nice to have some ‘colleagues’.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We live on a 12 acre block and have an outside toilet as well as access to in house bathroom.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Incredible well behaved dogs (only) welcome. Must have 100% recall and only if you also have your own live in vehicle.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    max 21 hours with 2 days off

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