Help me out in the garden and teach me how to do DIY in beautiful West Coast, Florida, USA

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  • Description

    Description

    I am Marie, a working lady (50's) with a flexible schedule, originally from Ireland a lifetime ago, now living in the beautiful sub tropical west coast of Florida. I share my modest and basic city cottage with a roommate, 2 friendly dogs and some cats none of which live in the main part of the house. I live within walking distance of the bus service and every kind of amenity needed. I am 10 minutes from the beautiful gulf beaches of Anna Maria Island. Very close to Robinson Preserve and Emerson Point Preserve. All these are beautiful natural areas with opportunities to kayak, swim, cycle, parasail, fish -- you name it. I sometimes find myself with more home improvement projects than I can keep up with both indoors and Outdoors. I would love a bit of training in using power tools that I already own. I am transforming a large overgrown backyard into a permaculture Food Forest with some patio areas. This is an ongoing project, so completion is not expected, just progress. As for myself, I am easy going and easy to get along with. I am a lifelong traveller and enjoy the sharing of cultures, stories, skills and ideas.

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    I currently need help specifically weeding and yard clean-up for a 2 week period between mid May into early/mid June. It is getting much hotter here in SW FL so early mornings are the most comfortable time to do tasks. I doubt it will fill two weeks, but when cleanup is done - you will have much more free time. You must he heat/sun tolerant and willing to do outdoor tasks. Thank you! ! I look forward to meeting you!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    English language of course. I have a unique perspective on life in the USA in general and Florida in particular having grown up in Ireland and travelled extensively and have many insights to share. The west coast of Florida has a particular sub-tropical flora & fauna and as a nature lover and newbie permaculture enthusiast I love to share what I have learned and exchange knowledge on these topics as well. We are a bus or car ride from Sarasota which is the cultural gem of the FL west coast, with every kind of cultural offering to partake in. I think of my home as a little bit of Europe in Florida, and my type of Florida living as a down to earth, back to nature, non-consumerist version of life in the USA.

  • Help

    Help

    Currently May/June 2019 I need help cleaning up the backyard. Clearing a weeded path manually (no roundup), loading wheelbarrow with mulch & covering some areas to suppress weeds for the summer. Cleaning up a porch & walkway area, painting a shed. Perhaps a bit of digging to sink poles for shade cloths in a few areas. These are the types of tasks. I will be doing same in my free time which may or may not be plentiful.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A simple, basic but comfortable private bedroom, and shared bath. Roku for Netflix, You-Tube, internet news and other free programming. Usual living room & kitchen. This is a modest and basic but comfortable older home. If you are looking for marble counters and state of the art anything - this is not that home. Safe and in a safe neighborhood. My pets are friendly but are rarely in the main rooms. I am on a very limited budget but will provide ingredients.for basic breakfast, lunch and an evening meal. So please be prepared to cook for yourself if necessary, using what ingredients are provided. Any extra the workawayer would like they must provide for themselves.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please show the respect of prompt communication. Also I have a strict no call no show equals immediate cancellation policy. If you know your arrival Arrangements will change, please inform me immediately.

    This location is ideal for a nature lover or beach lover. Transportation is available anywhere locally as well as further afield but it is not up to the standards of big cities either here or abroad. There is a lot to do and see culturally in Sarasota and Tampa / St. Pete, but it wouldn't be the best fit for someone looking for a hectic night-life on the doorstep.

    The Workawayer will be the best fit if they are a very independent person.

    I would like the Workawayer to come prepared to entertain themselves because although I am a friendly and warm person I also work and have many responsibilities and need plenty of private time and space. Unfortunately I am not in a position to be a good tour guide at this time. I am a non-smoker and definitely don't want any smoking in or around the house either openly or covertly :) That, and no active drug addictions, or thieving are about my only strict requirements. November through April is our 'winter' here in Florida where we have cooler weather but usually bright skies, with some summery days thrown in. May through October are our 'summer' months which include temps of 85 - 95 degrees F., tropical rains and thunderstorms & potential hurricanes.

    I think that if you are an independent, respectful, RELIABLE and self motivated person who has some skills and wants to help a little and have a lot of freedom to explore or chill out in a very nice location on the Gulf Coast of Florida - this will be a good fit for you!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • 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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