We are Ilka and Yves, a couple from Germany, who started a new way of life for us in the beginning of 2015 on a beautiful piece of land in lower Alentejo/Portugal (district of Odemira).
We wish to live with nature and animals. Getting back to the basics of life :-)
We have a nice community with our neighbours and like to be social with our friends. Come and join us for a while, we'll love to share our ideas and knowledge with you.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Yves has an immense knowledge in constructing, since he did that in his former life in Germany. He knows on a professional level how to work with wood, tiles, drywall construction, electrical installation, plumbing, roofwork and so much more...
Ilka loves to make delicious meals and cakes with fruits and vegetables from our own garden. She is a passionate cook.
Since she started organic gardening here, she can tell you quite a bit about the cicle of a whole gardenyear with all its necessities, about upgrading the soil and good or bad plant neighbors.
In her heart she is an artist and loves to do all different types of artwork with various materials and in diverse sizes, if she finds the time for it and peace and quiet.
Right now we need help with gardening and all sorts of outsidework like making firewood, collecting rocks from our fields, preparing the meadows and grassland for the sheep, working with a Motorsense to clean the land, take care for the animals and lots of other things.
We love people who can cook well and like to share recipes :)
The next main building projects are gonna be: to make a nice craftsplace for Ilka in our container.
So if you are interested in working with us we would be more than happy to share our knowledge with you :-)
There is the old farmhouse wich is not renovated yet. You have a bed, a wood stove for heating and a "kitchen" with table and utility-sink with cold water, some dishes and a gas stove. (Usually we have all the meals together at our house except on the weekends) The bathroom is across the yard in a seperat house: Shower, toilet and sink.
We are non-smokers and appreciate not to have too much smoking directly around us ;)
We do not cook vegan or vegetarian!
We eat mostly vegetables, but also some meat (our own sheep and chicken).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week