Help out in the veggie garden or with small building projects near Villebois-Lavalette, France

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello,
    we are Pierre and Winnie and we live in what we call our little paradise. You can find us in the Charente, some 25 minutes south of Angoulème and only 10 minutes from the Dordogne. We have about 2 hectares of forest, 3,5 hectares of grassland and a big lake. On the land we have about 60 fruit trees: apple, pear, kiwi, cherry, kaki, nashi, plum,... And we started a vegetable garden the permaculture way.
    Almost every evening we have deer in our garden and there are often traces of wild boar too. Apart from that there are plenty of birds and insects to spot.
    We have only moved here beginning July 2019 and so we still have lots of things that need to be done and with which you can help us.
    Our family got bigger with the arrival of 2 donkeys (James and Maxou), we have a daughter born May 2020 and are expecting our son end of October 2021.

    We live in a very rural area. Villebois-Lavalette is the closest town to us, with a supermarket and small market on Saturday, and this is at 8 minutes drive by car. It is very quiet here, it is easy to get used to the peacefulness surrounding us.

    Jobs for autumn 2021:
    - main help around the house as Winnie is pregnant
    - apple picking (4 trees that are loaded)
    - protecting a newly planted hedge for Winter
    - making the garden Winter ready
    - help out with installing a rain water collection from the donkey shed
    - help out with making a sort of cement floor with drainage in the donkey shed
    - we also have some furniture that we want to give a new look if that is more your thing
    - kiwi harvest in October-November depending on when the first frost is announced
    - ...

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are open to many initiatives, so you can suggest things too.
    We both speak fluent French and English, Winnie also speaks Dutch. We can help you with these languages.
    We live a very rural life with the closest little town at about 8 minutes by car. You can really enjoy time in nature, surrounded by few people and little noise.

  • Help

    Help

    We have a lot of things that can/need to be done.

    Jobs for autumn 2021:
    - main help around the house as Winnie is pregnant
    - apple picking (4 trees that are loaded)
    - protecting a newly planted hedge for Winter
    - making the garden Winter ready
    - help out with installing a rain water collection from the donkey shed
    - help out with making a sort of cement floor with drainage in the donkey shed
    - we also have some furniture that we want to give a new look if that is more your thing
    - kiwi harvest in October-November depending on when the first frost is announced
    - ...

    Harvesting is also a huge task where we could use help. There is the picking of the fruit, but also the transforming of it, which takes most time. We currently dehydrate, freeze, transform them into jams or syrups, or put them onto syrups. Winnie likes exploring this a lot, so any idea you have is a possibility. June is cherry harvesting, from mid-August to end of September we have the apples, pears, plums, mirabelles, figs,... And then even later we have kaki's and kiwis, and wild mushrooms depending on the weather.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I would like to get my German up again. I speak French, English and Dutch fluently.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have few sleeping places available in the house, so please enquire about this if this is what you are looking for. Outside there is plenty plenty plenty of space for you to hide out with a tent. A campervan is welcome too.

    We will enjoy the meals together on the working days, on the days off this will depend on what everyone is up too. The kitchen will always be available in any case. Breakfast is usually bread and homemade jams, lunch and dinner are often warm meals, or a salad or soup, it all depends. We almost always eat glutenfree (except for breakfast, but if you are gluten intolerant just like Winnie, then just say it in advance and she will provide glutenfree bread or porridge for you too). We often eat vegetarian or even vegan, also here, if this is the kitchen you prefer, just tell us and we can play along. We love travelling and also travelling by food, so we would love it if you could cook a lunch/dinner for us during your stay.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in a rural area with a lot of nature. There is very little public transport available, so you need a bike or even better -sadly- a car. On your days off you can visit some small towns around us (Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Brantôme, Ribérac,...), go to Angoulème, go hike in nature, go swim in a river,... or just enjoy the peacefulness here at our house.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    A normal sized campervan is absolutely no problem and can be hooked up on electricity. For water we can try and see if there is a solution, depending if you need it.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    It is possible but depends on the pet. We have donkeys and our land is not entirely fenced. There is a lake with free access for animals too. We also have the woods just next door with lots of wild animals living there. So please think about all this before coming with your pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week


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