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Greetings! We are a creative couple (Janne and Ruben) living in a fjord at the norwegian west coast, where we have wonderful nature close at hand. We love to make everything around us beautiful and like a fairytale, and we try to live as sustainable as possible, we love the principles of permaculture. We bought this house and 1 acre garden 4 years ago, our property is located by the fjord with a couple of small beaches close by, as well as the forest and the mountains basically at our doorstep. We have various fruit trees, berry bushes and vegetable patches. We live here with our 2 cats and 8 ducks. We run a small mushroom farm (allthough please note, we don't really have a farm, it is more like a little homestead). We have our own cozy campfire place. And a row boat if you like the sea or fishing.
Important update: Our baby got born in June 2019, you would have to be ok with staying in a home where there is a baby, or sleep in a tipi in the garden, or have your own camper van ;) He won't disturb your sleep though.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
When we are at home we love to talk and teach about a wide range of topics, like permaculture , ecovillages , self sufficiency , foraging , mushroom farming , sustainable living , homesteading , organic gardening , arts and crafts , music , cooking... as well as myths, stories and old norse culture and so on.
We live quite remote and rural, so not a lot happening around here, there is a small museum and art gallery 5 minutes walk from our property and sometimes conserts at the little fjord hotel, where they also have spa and a restaurant.
Life here requires physical and practical work and therefore we really value hardworking and self-motivated people. It is important to us that you really want to be here and that you are interested in what we do, and if you include that in your message we are more likely to answer.
We usually have workawayers for 1-2 weeks at a time, allthough we might make a few exceptions. Also, it is often easier for us to accept and reply to last minute requests.
When we are at home: We need help for various tasks, here are some of our current projects: work on our small-scale mushroom farm (working both outdoors and indoors, the mushrooms grows indoors all year, we grow 4 different types), house renovating, making more vegetable beds, herb spiral, collecting seaweed for mulching/manure, mulching around trees and shrubs, help at the markets, cutting trees/forestry, fishing, foraging, changing the roof, cooking and cleaning, pruning fruit trees, gathering eggs and feeding the ducks, weeding, converting old wv beetle into an electric vehicle, turning a large container into additional mushroom growing space, making rustic fence for garden bridges and other creative projects in the garden etc... We can talk about what you would want to do, and what we most need help for at the moment.
Also some other specific skills we especially would value at the moment are carpentry, electrician, plumbing ;)
When we are away: We are looking for a mature, responsible and honest person who wants to visit Norway and spend some time looking after our cats, ducks, mushrooms and the house. It is perfect for someone who wish to spend time on their own and perhaps write, paint or have other hobbies that require some peace and quiet. Or for a couple who wish to be at a calm place with nature all around.
You would have to take care of the house and garden. Usually you will also have to look after our mushrooms, instructions will be given and it's not that difficult. Make sure the cats have food and water, and pet them and play a little. They are very independent. The mother Zelda is 5 years old and her kitten Ori is 1 year old.
We have 8 ducks which is also an easy job, just let them outside every morning, and close the door to their house in the evening (and at the same time feeding them). They might give you eggs in return every day :) And they bring a lot of happiness.
Norwegian and english
The house is an old log house, which we have renovated and it is now warm and cozy and have modern standards, so everything is quite comfortable. The kitchen is brand new. While staying here you will live in our home. We just built a brand new guestroom, we also have an extra guestroom with a bunk-bed. If you want to, you can sleep in a tipi in the garden.
If you are a minimalist you might not thrive here, because we love decorating and everything is quite whimsical, with antique furniture and many treasures all around. It is however perfect for you if you are open minded and like it romantic, creative, alternative and unique, especially if you love Lord of the Rings or good fantasy stories. We are unconventional, but kind-hearted.
We live in a rural setting with nature all around. But no worries, there is a grocery store 10 minutes walk from here, and also some other houses and farms, a little school and a small fjord hotel. In summer all the leaves on the trees shelter us from the outside world, but in the winter we are a bit more transparent. Please note: this is not a farm, just a house with a big garden.
We have a flexitarian diet, consisting mostly of organic produce, wild meat and fish, we often eat vegetarian and vegan food as well. We are not difficult when it comes to food at all, except we do not eat sugar, drink alcohol or some types of meat. Please note that workawayers are expected to do their share of cooking and cleaning during the week, it is generally not a part of the 5 hour workday, allthough there can be exceptions :)
We have a good wifi connection, but no tv.
We live quite close to some really gorgeous places, especially if you have a car. There are not a lot of buses going here (a few times a day from Molde, no buses in the weekends). Our fjord is called Sunndalsfjorden. We live within one hour of the towns of Molde, Kristiansund and Sunndalsøra. In the area you can find Innerdalen, by some named the most beautiful valley in the world. Eikesdalen with Mardalsfossen and other valleys like Grøvudalen and Sunndalen with some of the highest waterfalls on the planet. The epic Sunnmøre Alps. Romsdalen, the Troll wall, troll road and the Troll church. The Atlantic Road. Even the famous Geiranger fjord is not super far away. In june we also have a gorgeous viking market in the area.
We look forward to hearing from you! :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week