We are renovating a house in France in the Lot department. Our two hectares is being converted into flower garden, vegetable garden, woodland area etc. We have two horses, two cats and lots of chickens. In the summer we are fairly self-sufficient. The weather is glorious and we love the relaxed attitudes here. There is much to do so we are looking for volunteers that can help. It's impossible to list exact details so I have described the general projects below.
DIY and building projects
We are in lovely rural France, the wildlife here is fab so if you like open space and nature this is perfect. We are doing so much stuff there is lots to learn both from by us and by us so this should be a benefit to both us as hosts and you as a helper. Being English we speak English at home, but we are surrounded by French locals so you can improve your French and-or your English. We are good cooks so
We are completely swamped with renovation work and really need some help with the vegetable garden and creating the flower garden. We are especially interested in connecting with volunteers that have horticultural knowledge so that we can also improve our knowledge.
* help develop the vegetable garden
* develop the flower garden.
* general maintenance - mowing, weeding, watering, sowing etc.
* - we need to plan winter and spring crops
COMPLETING THE HOUSE & CARPENTRY
We would like to find volunteers that are good carpenters and DIYer? Lots of jobs including:
* help lay a large wooden floor
* build cupboards
* tile bathrooms
* painting internal and external (shutters and doors)
* some furniture maintenance, renovation etc
* help build the chicken palace, a project that keeps being postponed but is important before winter.
GENERAL TIDYING & CLEARING
* general clearing and sorting, some heavyish lifting as I can't do it by myself
* shifting furniture into the house from the barn
We are looking for volunteers as funds are limited.
We would also love someone that is interested in food and drink.
We welcome one person or a couple, possibly a dog if it's OK with cats and chickens, possibly a horse. Any age, we love people with experience and stories to tell so that usually means 30 plus, but we are open to all ideas. We are omniverous but don't eat meat that often so are very happy being vegetarian.
Everything is negotiable. We really would prefer someone looking for a longer stay - at least a month and even better if more; What we did with out first helper we do a trial two weeks and continued after that as we were all happy.
Our house is not finished, although we are now sleeping in it downstairs, currently we cook in the 'summer kitchen' which is on one of the barns. You can stay in a) the caravan, b) one of the rooms in the house - dry but undecorated, c) we can accomodate a camper van or similar if that is your preference.
As we are rural there are all the outdoor activities such as walking, birdwatching, riding, cycling etc. we are also very close to the Lot river where you can swim and canoe. And of course there are the vineyards. There are fantastic markets here and a lot of medieval history and architecture. There is a ceramacist who gives classes just up the road. If you have a valid license you are welcome to borrow our car or a bicycle. We are 40 minutes from Cahors and 2 hours from Toulouse. Bordeaux is 2.75 hours away.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week (max 25/hours/week)