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We are Santiago J. and Tadeo, my son (joint custody) We have Ali, the puppy and Sushi, the cat. Polly (my ex partner) and I bought an old house and large garden in the village of Oteruelos, Soria, Spain, which we had renovated three years ago. We moved in June 2017. We need help in the garden, and setting up permacultural systems, chicken shed, an array of vegetable growing areas, maximising water conservation, etc. We also need help in the house with household tasks and cooking or even babysitting.
It is in a beautiful rural setting, 14 k from the small city of Soria. There is a river nearby, and also a large picturesque reservoir, both of which are good to swim in. The region is sparsely populated, and has many semi-abandoned villages. It is rich in medieval, Roman and prehistoric historical sites. There are many excellent biking and walking routes in the area, and lots of hidden beauty spots. There is an equestrian riding school in a farm in the woods and a golf club within a 10 minute walk.
I like rural life in general, but also like films, reading, cooking, gastronomy (vegan food, Indian food,...) travel, cycling, walking, mushroom picking, gardening (I am a beginner gardener) and being a father. And I am into shiatsu, yoga and meditation.Tadeo (13) likes comics, scale model design, board games, video games, taekwondo, cycling, animals, maps and jumping on our large stress-busting TRAMPOLINE.
Help with Eco Projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
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You will learn about Spanish rural culture, you will get fit, improve your DIY skills, and have fun! You can also enjoy local biodinamic produce.
Gardening of all sorts, cooking, general help is welcome. Yoga sessions and Music teaching are also welcome. Any permaculture or carpentry knowledge or experience would be great!
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A double room (with its own bathroom) or a double or single roon (with a bathroom next to it) upstairs in the house or a large tent in the garden (in the summer), as you wish.
There is hardly any public transport from the village ( a bus to Soria on Mondays and Thursdays and the rest of days if you request it ) but we and our few neighbours have to go regularly to Soria, so you can get to shops and services easily. You can cycle to Soria in an hour, or cycle to the reservoir in 40 minutes. If you bring your car you can leave it in the large garage opposite the house. In the summer there are some festivals in the villages nearby. There is also an impressive golf club within ten minute walk with a restaurant and a bar.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
The wi-fi works quite well.
There is plenty of room in the property to park a campervan or a caravan.
4 hours, 5 days a week. Also some help with meals and cleaning expected.
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