Gardening and pet sitting in picturesque Todi, central Italy

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  2019 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We are Jon-Scot & Guido, a Scottish-Italian couple (guess which one of us is Scottish and which is Italian?) living in Umbria, central Italy, in a beautiful house in the country with two very friendly dogs, five lovely cats and a gaggle of chickens.

    We are very busy, especially during the summer, looking after our garden with fruit trees and lots of grass needing cut. We need help from mainly in spring/early summer - so April to June, but we'd also like an experienced pair of hands in the Autumn for clearing up and pruning.

    We are good fun guys, chilled and enjoy a peaceful, rural life. Also, we thoroughly enjoy meeting new people and hearing their amazing stories about their travels! (We are gay, but you don't need to be).

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We will provide accommodation in our spacious guest bedroom with king-size bed, three meals per day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) with drinks, free WiFi broadband internet and also plenty time off to explore central Italy. We have made great friends through Workaway and a similar site that we have used for longer and we are open to making so many more friendships! We live only 1.5 hours drive from Rome.

    I am a trained English teacher so I can help volunteers perfect their English and I am more than happy to do so! Actually - try to stop me from helping you improve your English!

    Since 2012 (originally on another platform), we have hosted people from all over the world. We are keen to host people from countries that we have never hosted before, so we can collect more flags. Of course also happy to host more new friends from the countries we have hosted in the past!

    Flags that we have collected:
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  • Help

    Help

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ In summer, the day starts at 7 am with 1 hour & 20 Minutes of watering plants
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Then all of the furry & feathered family need to have their breakfast
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Also, for those who have the skill, help with fitness/workouts

    You need to be:
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Able to cook (at least for yourself)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Tall enough and strong enough to use a String trimmer (weed wacker) on a slope
    * Strong enough to push a heavy wheelbarrow.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Enjoy gardening, yard and garden maintenance
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Capable of VERY physical tasks (carrying branches, digging holes, etc)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Have an outgoing and sociable attitude
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Like pets (You can't be afraid of chickens, geese or dogs, nor dislike cats who come near you)

    Most importantly:
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ You MUST be self-motivated (i.e if you are alone and the to-do list runs dry, you can find stuff to do)

    April - Cleaning up in the garden, planting, painting, gardening and Petcare.
    May - Planting, painting, gardening, Petcare and definitely some cooking.
    June - Planting, painting, gardening, Petcare and definitely some cooking.
    July - Watering, gardening, Petcare and some housework
    August - Watering, gardening, Petcare and some housework
    September - Gardening, Petcare and definitely some cooking
    October - Big branch cutting & pruning project and general clearing up for the winter
    December - House and pet sitting. From the 20th December to the 6th of March. (Couple or Family)

    The above things are a rough plan, but you need to be prepared to do any of these things as the weather often dictates. We don't have men's work and women's work - we have work!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English & Italian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Spacious guest bedroom with king size bed. Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included (sometimes self-service). We can host two Workawayers*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️, but they would usually need to sleep in the same bed, so better for a couple or 2 friends. The Kingsize bed can be made with two bed-sets as there are two separate mattresses, but the two single beds have been fused together, so they don't come apart.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ But we won't always need 2

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Todi is small, yet rich in heritage. Have a coffee on Piazza del Popolo, Discover amazing churches like Tempio di Santa Maria della Consolazione, San Fortunato, the Duomo and for a bit of architectural contrast Santuario dell'Amore Misericordioso. You can check out spectacular views from Parco Della Rocca, Piazza Garibaldi, Giardini Oberdan and my favourite Monastero delle Lucrezie. You can indulge in some non-church history at Palazzo del Capitano and the Cisterne Romane (underground Roman Cisterns).

    Visit other picturesque Umbrian towns such as Orvieto, Perugia, Spoleto and Assisi.
    Explore the landscape Lake Corbara, Lake Trasimeno, Monte Subasio, Piediluco & the Marmore waterfalls and if you are here at the right time - The Flowering of Castelluccio di Norcia.
    And if all the rural life gets too much for you, hop on a SULGA bus directly from Todi to Rome.

  • 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?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Around 2-5 hours a day, 5 days a week (+ feeding the pets and basic watering on Saturday morning)

Our hens are not the hugging sort
Cheeky Chappies! Guido & Jon-Scot
Lots of dinners under the pergola
Jon-Scot
We've made lots of forever friends
Guido
Aperitivo time!
The Dogs
Stacking wood for the winter.
This is an example of the type of job that Workawayers can get involved in. Here we took a strip of lawn and turned in into a small shrub & flower bed, complete with watering system.
Luciano is a very moody cock and the hens are super shy.
The Location of the Umbria Region (Red) in Italy.

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