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We (My partner Ruby and me (Ross)) have just moved to a little property in Central Victoria about 2 hours from Melbourne. Now we need to set up the place!! We will be doing fix-ups to the houses and a lot of gardening over the next while. My background is in horticulture and landscape design and construction so we will be putting in a lot of effort to the gardens.
Our place is set on the edge of an ephemeral creek on about 4 acres of land at the bottom of a ridge. We have an old tavern from around 1860 (now a house), a fairly new studio a bungalow and workshops on our property. No animals yet, but hopefully some chickens soon.
Ruby and I are both vegetarians and really like food!
We are a 5 minute drive the closest town Newstead where there is a general store and a couple of pubs. It is about a 20 minute drive to Castlemaine where you can get a train to Melbourne. It would be best if you had a car as this will allow you to explore the local area in your down time.
Some of the things we will be working on over the next while:
- General cleaning of our house and airbnb guest house
- odd jobs
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
I teach landscape design and horticulture and have a garden design and construction business with international awards so can pass on skills in gardening, woodwork, metalwork, irrigation etc.
Most of the work at the moment will be odd jobs, some days it will be cleaning other times it might be chopping firewood, help in the garden, cooking. If you have particular skills though we would love to utilise them!
We have a few different buildings on our farm. Depending on which we are renovating you could be staying in a two bedroom studio a room in an old tavern with us or in a bungalow.
We run the place off of tank water and gas for hot water. We have just set up the internet here which isn't quite like what it is in the city, but works fine. Phone reception is only available in a couple of spots here.
We are in between Castlemaine (small town in the goldfields) and Daylesford (in the foothills of the great dividing range) which are two fairly popular rural holiday spots in Victoria. There are plenty of hikes/walks, swimming holes, antique/vintage bazaars, cute towns, great cafes, pubs, wineries, weekend markets and local events to explore. It is best is you have a car or a drivers license to be able to fully explore the region at your own pace, however if you don't that's ok too... we will do our best to show you around!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week