Helpers welcome here near Hamelin Bay, Western Australia

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Australia

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    15/09/2019

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  2019 

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello, my name is Malcolm.., I'm a mature host who is very blessed to live on a beautiful coastal/rural farm. There are many things that helpers can do here.
    Lot's of gardening; weeding gardens and orchards, collecting seaweed with pitchforks into a trailer at local boat ramp.., picking up sticks, raking up leaves and bark and making piles with them. There's some painting inside my house..., also helping prepare for painting. Cutting and storing fire wood. Making jams, preserves and sauces.
    If you are interested in visiting and helping out.., please send a message.

    This farm is located on the South West corner of Australia. I grow most of my own fruit and vegetable needs here..., occasionally I go fishing (for protein). Beside this land is a tall forest National Park with many biking and walking trails..., all leading to the Indian Ocean..., so from here you can walk to the beautiful long, white sandy beaches of Hamelin Bay. The weather here is always mild..., we never receive 'extreme weather events' that they receive on the East Coast of Australia. This land is blessed with a stream flowing through the middle..., and a small lake with Canadian canoe. It's a haven here for kangaroo, emu, possum, eagles, parrots, turtles etc etc and many other native animals..., all roaming and flying freely and safely around here.

    I would really appreciate some helpers here...., especially if you are interested in eco friendly building, gardening, permaculture etc..., people with creative and artistic abilities. Yogi's, meditators, healers..., all will be made most welcome. I usually show visitors around the area..., and I can introduce you to some interesting local characters or put you in touch with possible employers etc.

    I have almost completed building my home here - I've built using local stone and sustainably sourced plantation timber and some hard wood I've milled from this land. I have grid connected solar power(a hybrid system), solar hot water system..., 2 satellite dishes provide me with internet and TV coverage. There's a large evolving organic vegetable garden plus 35 fruit/nut trees. During Summer many different people come to stay here on different parts of this land...., friends, family and random travellers, walking groups..., I really enjoy meeting people from all over the world..., as I am also a traveller...., pretty much all positive happy people are welcome here.

    (1) It's much better if you have your own vehicle to visit here, so you can get around more easily.
    (2) At the moment I can provide a lot of vegetables from the garden.
    (3) I usually ask for 2 to 3 hours help for every night you stay here(5 days a week)..., in exchange for somewhere to stay, with clean toilets and hot rainwater shower..., there's plenty of places available to make a nice camp if you prefer to stay in your camper van or similar ?
    (4) You will need to speak and understand English well - we need to understand each other..., it's all about your safety while you stay and help here ;-)
    (5) If you are vegan or vegetarian..., you'll have to prepare your own food but there's produce from my garden available....,
    (6) You will need to message me first..., so we can have a conversation.

    Visitor/helpers wishing to visit should contact me directly on my Australian no. ..., zero four two nine, five eight five, five two two. If you do text, please identify who you are and a bit about yourself in the first text.

    Here are some of the tasks I need help with ;
    - small amount of house maintenance, if you have the appropriate skills.
    - in the fruit and vegetable gardens - help with soil building, plant feeding, composting, weeding, watering, pruning fruit trees, harvesting, preserving/storing fruit and vegies..., etc etc
    - working with metal and timber - creating stuff ?
    - fuel reduction - raking firebreaks, collecting & storing fire wood for use inside in the wood stove, raking and piling excess leaves and sticks to burn later.
    - collecting seaweed from my local boat ramp.

    Play Time..., It's not all work here.., relaxing and playtime is important. Visitors and helpers are always welcome to join me if I travel somewhere 'off the property'. This can be any one of a number of things - 4WD trips to remote coastal areas, trips into town or visiting local friends. In this area you can play in, on, under or by the ocean..., there's surfing(I can teach you !), fishing/diving, beach walking, making sandcastles...., paddling a SUP..., simply exploring the coastline or forest ! I love beachcombing - looking for inspiration and driftwood(in my spare time I make things using driftwood, metal and recycled aged timber).
    I like to cook, share food and recipes with visitor/helpers. I would like to learn some 'raw' food or vegan methods..., can anyone help me with that ? It's possible to really get out in the bush here(it's just outside my door ;-)). There's walking or riding mountain bikes in the forests(lots of trails)...., practice yoga on the outdoor platform...., chill out..., reading(or snoozing) in a swaying hammock..., under the peppermint trees...., now that's what I call 'dynamic meditation' ;-)
    My mantra is - "you're never too old to play like a child" ..., make of that what you will.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I can share my experience and knowledge of permaculture, organic and sustainable gardening and food production. I also have knowledge of fishing, diving, surfing, working with timber and metal, sustainable construction, off road driving, survival and remote area camping...., and much more. I would be good if helpers visiting here bring their own set of skills and knowledge to share. I welcome people with open hearts, minds, humour and good energy....., people who value protecting and enhancing the land we live on..., and the animals we share the land with.

  • Help

    Help

    I welcome enquiries from people interested in...., sustainable living systems, organic gardening techniques using permaculture principals and systems, using their creative energy.

    I have an exciting new 'project starting this Summer - I'm planning to build a small 'free form' cabin - about 60 sq/m.
    I would be most grateful If there's people 'out there' who're interested in helping me.
    I'd like to build with whatever local and salvaged materials I can find - 2nd hand doors & windows, timber, stone, mud, straw bale, coloured metal roofing. I have much of it stored and stacked here already. I'm dreaming it will be a solar powered, rain watered, wood heated cabin with a generous verandah. People with alternative building skills and/or experience, ideas, creative energies etc..., please make contact.
    If you have any questions ?...., please send me a message.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English..., very small amounts of French, Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese and Thai.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Mainly shaded camp sites around this property..., although there is also a self contained caravan(trailer home)...., both have good access to toilets and rain water showers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This farm is just 6 km from Hamelin Bay, 18 km north from Augusta, 30 km south from Margaret River and 14 km west of the Blackwood River. It has a stream flowing through the middle..., there are many private clearings where travellers can make a camp(I can provide some camping equipment). We are located right beside a tall forest National Park and from here it's possible to take a walk through the forest to some special white sand beaches. I've hosted helpers here for more than 15 years now via other sites and now Workaway.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    3 hours x 5 days (max 15 hours/week-with food provided)

Jimmy and Ernie keep watch from on top of a compost pile !



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