Alice and Ben are mates who live on a beautyFULL hilltop plot looking out to sea and over to the mountains of the Lake District with Dougal the cob horse and Reg the dog. Alice’s daughters and other folk sometimes live here too. The plot is part of an eight year old farm project somewhere between a new village and a community, where about thirty (including kids) people are setting up their lives. Alice is an artist, building socially or environmentally engaged projects that usually involve an adventure. Ben has the more engineering mind for creative making, and is a sailor, gardener, mechanic. Both are into recycling and repurposing stuff. Everything on our plot is home made. We make it up as we go along and welcome others input and ideas. The summer here provides for night time beach explorations, fireside cooking, horse and cart drives, sea swimming and amazing skies.
We don’t know what we are doing very many months in advance, so last minute enquiries are good!
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Making it up as you go long improvised, low tech but fun lifestyle. Party’s small and large and many varied practical skills with wood metal and different recycled materials.
There is lots of woodwork to do: from “bish bash bosh” to more precise, so anyone can help with something!...finishing off a big Timberframer barn, adding balcony, verandah, doors. Building a hot tub and a sauna. Help needed on sawmill; cladding and flooring a caravan; timber extraction and building fencing from the forest; carving architectural pillars with hand tools; erecting rough hewn woodstores, raised beds, compost loo; finer carpentry for some jobs if poss. There’s also tree planting, veg growing, horsehandling, concrete mixing, firewood stacking, shell spreading on yard, seaweed shells and horsepoo collecting, dog walking etc etc etc!!
Folk need to be positive, hardworking, a bit rough and ready and have a good sense of humour!
Volunteers could live in a number of possible places...a spare bedroom in the static caravan shared with Alice; a wooden hut built on an extended caravan (double); a converted horsebox lorry in the yard; upstairs in Timberframe loft. All are basic (we all share the compost loo in the yard and hot bucket ‘showers’ in the static), but cosy with woodburners and characterfull. They are all tucked just behind a hill of gorse with stunning views of the hills and sea all around.
We eat simple delicious vegetarian and vegan whole food and eat together
The area is amazing for coastal exploration and hillwalking, cycling, swimming and star gazing. There are 2 small towns about 10 miles away with pubs and a brewery, swimming pools museums and shops, they are accessible by bus or bicycle, hitchhiking is also a good option.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Max 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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