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DESIGNATED BUSHFIRE RECOVERY POSTCODE 2550. BLAZEAID camps nearby
SEPARATE ACCOMMODATION suitable to be used by travellers. If necessary, isolation can be done. Some BlazeAids request shirt isolation before joining camp.
Hopefully more than 1 person, so you have company in the 3 bedroom cottage.
We are a Christian husband and wife team, in our late 40s/mid 50s. In 2016-7, we bought a property which includes several old buildings, one of which is heritage-listed, and 2 cottages, in addition to our House, with local river frontage, and adjoining Landcare area.
We are having fun hosting and learning from travellers and enjoy seeing our valley with new eyes.
Help in the house
We have both travelled and want to pay forward the hospitality we were shown. We want to learn especially about international foods and help with language learning. Fiona loves cooking and sharing new and old recipes, it is her happy place, and learning new recipes is fun.
We are happy to share some tourism activities, when it fits with our schedules., and when restrictions ease. We like whales, swimming and snorkeling, and local festivals too. Workawayers pay their own admission to attractions, but we provide $10 towards meals, or possibly a picnic.
We have kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, bandicoots, possums, antechinus, echidnas and platypus in the wild, and in our garden or river, sometime some are either in or undrr the cottages! There are also many many native birds.
We are really enjoying our workaway experience so far and love having talks about lands we haven't visited yet.
WE WILL BE ABIDING BY ALL COVID-19 RULES, but there is sufficient outdoor space to exercise, be away from others, and our village has been as self-isolating as possible, where most people got food supplies within the village. Eggs, milk, weekly meat delivery, bread all available here, and we have a great bakery. But most groceries, and fuel, are in Bega which is 35km away.
Now school holidays mean we have some more tourists in the area and everyone is wary, wanting the business to help with recovery, but not wanting Covid-19 to take off like in Melbourne.
We own a 7 acre property with 3 cottages and 4 other buildings. It had been left to run down and become overgrown until we bought it in 2017.
HELP! There lot of work to tidy up the estate.
Lawns need mowing and trees need trimming.
Fiona also especially needs help with housework, because of disk issues in her back. A major springclean is overdue
Establishing raised rose garden beds.
We will also be renovating all the buildings, including building an outdoor BBQ and entertaining area.
We expect 20-25 hours help for 7 nights accommodation. Generally, it would be no more than 4-5 hours per day, but some days could be longer in exchange for extra days off.
Normally we love taking our visitors to our local beauty points and seeing them through new eyes, but those arrangements are on hold during Covid-19 spatial distancing rules and the closure of various attractions.
JULY 2020 UPDATE:
Housework - ongoing, as vacuuming and mopping are difficult for me, and we have 8 long-haired cats.
Help with damaged fences, and protecting new trees
Help sorting drainage and waterpipes.
Lawnmowing (ride-on and push and whipper-snipper) - if and when it rains again. Very dusty/ashy at the moment.
Tree Trimming and weeding.
Installation of Pressed Tin panels and wallpaper in bathroom
English. Very small amount of French and German (early high school)
Accommodation for volunteers is in a separate holiday cottage on the property.
Mostly, we would provide food for you to cook for yourselves, but have set meals that we share together
We are still working out how things will progress as Covid-19 restrictions ease. Previously, we shared most lunches and dinners plus one breakfast/brunch per week for most visitors, although families would be expected to make some food contributions. We provide breakfast ingredients, but you would prepare your own breakfasts, and hopefully you would cook us a meal or two as part of a cultural exchange. I love cooking. We want to learn from you too.
If travel and spatial distancing rules ease, when we are out for the day, some contribution towards more expensive food would be appreciated.
Families would be expected to contribute towards additional food costs for children.
International Licenses ARE required for driving privileges within NSW at all times. Your home country license is not necessarily sufficient if not in English and will need an English Translation. Translation and/or International Drivers Licence should be arranged prior to travel. We are not able, for insurance reasons, to allow anyone under the age of 25 to drive our vehicles.
We are 50km to stunning beaches and whale watching in season (they start heading north in May-June, and are stunningly good heading south from September to November), and we are 145km to the snow in season, although sometimes you can build a snowman as close as 30km away. There are also a whale museum, the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, a wildlife sanctuary and a birdpark to visit.
We are on a highway that has a daily rail bus service to Canberra, which is 200km, with all the attractions of Australia's capital city. The Rail bus goes from Canberra to Eden, through Cooma, Bemboka and Bega. It also has connections to the Melbourne to Batemans Bay Rail Bus route. There are also buses from Sydney down the coast to Bega, which is 32km away. The nearest airport is Merimbula, which is 50km away.
We don't have children, but do have 8 indoor pedigree Ragdoll cats.
We have a STRICT no illicit drugs or plants policy.
We have tank water pumped straight from the crystal clear river.
We are an easy 2km walk from the nearest bakery, post office and hotel. The use of bicycles may be arranged. Over 25's may be able to borrow a car for local errands - valid licence needed.
The village population is about 300 people.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
20-25 hours per week