I live in Oak Bay (a municipality of Victoria, BC) and have a professional background as a scientist and engineer. My current interests include writing, public speaking, climate-change awareness, sustainable living, gardening, green construction, environmental design, yoga, nutrition and outdoor pursuits. Since moving to Oak Bay in 2012, I've been engaged in restoring my older home, where I live full-time. Most of the difficult work on the home is now behind me, but there is a lot of garden work, light carpentry and house-related construction work remaining. I am very open to learning about and creating resilient food gardens on my "deer-owned" property, and delight in making my ample workshop available for any creative projects that fit with a shared vision for the home.
I enjoy outdoor activities of all kinds, particularly kayaking and cycling, which are ideally suited to the Victoria environment. Weather permitting, I enjoy taking my guests for a paddle to nearby islands or on hikes to many trails in the region. I also have bikes available for guests.
Ours is a non-smoking household, and alcohol is enjoyed very rarely. A small and extremely friendly family dog visits for the day, from time to time,
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Travellers could benefit from an exchange of ideas and knowledge in a wide variety of subjects, including cooking, nutrition, food gardening, construction, philosophy, language learning, and outdoor exploration.
I have a very large lot that had been neglected for several years, but thanks to the efforts of many wonderful Workaway guests the property is beginning to show very well. I still need assistance in restoring the gardens in preparation for Spring. My intention is to create a beautiful property that is ecologically sound and environmentally sustainable (it now includes a small deer population).
I am also engaged in other renovation projects that demand a range of skills, including light carpentry, cement and stone work, painting and tiling. I am keenly interested in learning Portuguese.
The house is located centrally on a very large, private lot. It is wheel-chair accessible with a private bedroom for guests, and two full bathrooms (one will be upgraded soon). A separate ground-level "suite" is nearing completion, and a finished bedroom is available there for accommodation.
1. One km distance to ocean for kayaking or boating.
2. Short distance to downtown Victoria for bicycle enthusiasts.
3. Home is on a direct bus route connecting to University of Victoria, Camosun College, downtown Victoria and beyond.
4. Home is a short walk to the Oak Bay shopping district.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
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