Look after our dogs, help with permaculture gardening and renovate a farmhouse in western Wallonia, Belgium

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  2021 

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  • Description

    Description

    WELCOME TO THE GREEN DINOSAURS COUNTRY in the Natural Parc of the plains of the Scheldt with many ponds, forests, canals, natural reserves, ....in western Wallonia.

    Here a life in a farmhouse in the countryside to develop a way of life closed to the nature: beekeeping, kitchen vegetable garden being become a permaculture garden , fruits, eggs from chicken, harvest and winter keep preserve, medicinal wild edible plants...Mosly renovation buildings works during autumn and winter.
    About help for dogs: sometimes all the year around.

    A big thank you to those who started with me this experience with Workaway and gave me the desire to continue sharing this adventure...

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    NATURE: Since young, I learned Nature by myself: birds songs, medicinal or edible wild plants, insects, ecology, beekeeping, vegetable garden...I like to share daily to workawayers all my passion and knowledges about Nature
    LANGUAGES: As I learned some languages, if volunteers ask I take time to help them learning French, Spanish or basic English.
    NUTRITION HEALTHY FOOD
    BELGIAN CULTURE

  • Help

    Help

    Hello dear Workaway community ! (en français, voir plus bas)

    Looking for responsable, dynamic and respectfull volunteers.
    For HELP WITH DOGS (sometimes all the year around), GARDENING, RENOVATING and house.

    More details by mail.

    DOGS: walks, playing, feed and water, watching, cares, brushing and all your love 🥰: PLEASE RESPECT RULES for dogs landmarks. Thank you for your understanding

    BUILDING:
    a. Masonry
    b. Wood stripping:
    c. Carpentry
    d. Tiles
    e. Painting
    f. Sanding
    g. clay

    GARDENING
    A. Mowing;
    B. Pruning;
    C. Install fences;
    D. Chicken home cleaning and painting with lime;
    E. Beekeeping
    F. Vegetable permaculture garden and green house;
    G. Wood cutting;
    H. Maintenance of garden tools and scales
    I. Picking berries, peach, kiwis, walnuts, chestnuts, mushrooms, harvest potatoes;

    HOME
    Participation to domestic tasks:
    J. Setting the table, dishes washing;
    K. Assistance kooking;
    L. Home cleaning;

    M. Winter keep preserve: chestnuts, berries, peaches, kiwi marmalade and chutney, mushrooms;
    (N. Bread baking (without gluten too)

    CONSTRUCTION: For English, see up

    Maçonnerie
    Menuiserie
    Carrelage
    Peinture
    Argile
    Décapage
    Ponçage

    JARDINAGE
    A. Tondre;
    B. Élagage;
    C. Installer une clôture;
    D. Nettoyage et entretien à la chaux des murs du poulailler;
    E. Apiculture;
    F. Potager en voie de permaculture et serre;
    G. Couper du bois;
    H. Entretien des outils de jardin et des échelles
    I. Récolte de baies, pêches, kiwis, champignons, châtaignes, pommes de terre...

    A LA MAISON
    Participation aux tâches domestiques:
    J. Dresser la table, laver la vaisselle;
    K. Assistance cuisine;
    L. Nettoyage général;

    M. Réserves hivernales: châtaignes, confitures et chutney de baies, pêches et kiwis, champignons;
    (N. Préparation et cuisson du pain (sans gluten aussi)

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    English: Intermediate
    Dutch: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    I will really be happy to tranmite French.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Farmhouse being renovated with a garden ;
    - possibility to put a tent in the garden.
    - Independant huge lightly dormitory (max 4 persons) with lounge, with a separated bathroom (shower, sink and toilet) .
    - Some work clothes available.
    - Most of the time, vegetarian food.
    - If little problem, always possible to find a solution !!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    1. RAILSWAY: Good to know for traveling by train in Belgium:
    - Half price ticket for every body on the WE (go and back)
    - For young people under 26 years old, buy a GO PASS ONE ticket and cross all Belgium for 6 euros !
    - Subscription 10 trips (up to 26 old) for 7.40 by trip

    2. The farmhouse is located:
    - in 20 minutes by car or train of Mons, Tournai (young and cultural cities). This year 2015 is Mons the cultural capital of Europe;
    - in 20 min by car of a Gallo-Roman archeological site interactive in Aubechies;
    - in 30 min of Cambron Casteau (huge animal park "Pairi daiza" with pandas);
    - in 45 min of Lille by car;
    - in 1 hour of Bruges by car
    - in 1 hour of Brussels by car, of Maroilles (very famous French cheese to south);
    - in 1h15 of the see's cliffs by car;
    - in 2h30 of Paris by car;
    - in 2h30 of Luxembourg by car;
    - in 3h of Cologne by car;
    - in 3h30 of Amsterdam by car

    3. BICYCLES AT HOME available to make by example a nice ride to Tournai along the canal "Escaut"(the Scheldt)

    4. You are in the NATURAL PARC of Plains Scheldt state forests, marshes, canals, heaps of coal ...

    5. What's Nearby quickly accessible on foot or by bike:
    - SPORTS CENTRE with SWIMMING POOL;
    - MUSEUM OF IGUANODON (Dinosaur and fossils);
    - Regional Center of Initiation to ENVIRRONEMENT (CRIÉ) with guided walks on various topics and workshops;
    - Pharmacy
    - Little market 10 min walking, 5 min by biking
    - Supermarket 25 min by bicycle walking through the natural reserve
    - Western union at 5 min by foot and Moneygram 20 min by car from the house

    6. A bit farer:
    - VIEUX CONDÉ: Festival Arts street "Les Turbulentes" in May
    - SAINT-GHISLAIN: International festival of folkloric dances in June
    - TOURNAI: Big cathedral (Unesco), Carnaval in each village from February till April, accordeon festival in May, ...
    - MONS: Carnaval (Binche in February), Doudou ducasse in June (Unesco), summer activities in the hanging gardens and Grand Place...
    - BRUGELETTE: Pairi Daiza: huge wildlife park with many international architecture (40 min drive, or by train) from April till end October
    - AUBECHIES: Gallo Roman archeological site with entertainment on weekends (20 min drive, still possible by bicycle)

    SO, WELCOME in the region of "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis !" (French movie)

    EN FRANCAIS:

    1. TRANSPORT CHEMIN DE FER: prix intéressants en Belgique:
    - moitié prix le WE;
    - jeune en-dessous de 26 ans ticket "go pass one" pour 6eur dans toute la Belgique
    - plus que 26 ans, abonnement de 10 voyages pour 7, 40 eur pour toute la Belgique

    2.Le logement se trouve:
    - à 20 minutes en train de Mons, Tournai (villes jeunes et culturelles).
    Tournai: Beffroi, Cathédrale (Unesco), musée des Arts architecture Horta, ....
    Mons : plusieurs musées d'Arts
    - à 20 min en voiture du site archéologique gallo-romain d'Aubechies;
    - à 20 min de Cambron Casteau (énorme parc animalier "Pairi Daïza" avec les pandas),
    - à 45 min de Lille en voiture;
    - à 1h de Bruges
    - à 1 heure de Bruxelles au nord et de Maroilles (fromage français) au sud
    - En 2h30 de Paris en voiture;
    - En 2h30 de Luxembourg en voiture;
    - En 3h de Cologne en voiture;
    - En 3h30 d'Amsterdam en voiture

    3. VÉLOS à votre disposition pour se balader dans les réserves naturelles du PARC NATUREL des Plaines de l'Escaut: forêts domaniales, grandes réserves naturelles avec marais, canaux, terrils de charbon...excurssion le long de l'Escaut jusqu'à Tournai par exemple...

    4. Dans les environs accessible rapidement à pied ou à vélo:
    - CENTRE SPORTIF avec PISCINE;
    - musée de l'Iguanodon;
    - Centre Régional d'Initiation à l'Envirronement (CRIÉ) avec balades guidées sur différents thèmes et ateliers;
    - Pharmacie
    - Magasin alimentaire à 10 min à pieds;
    - Supermarché à 25 min en vélo en passant par la réserve naturelle
    - Western union à 5 min et Moneygram à 20 min de la maison en voiture.
    - port de plaisance à 25 min en vélo

    5. Un peu plus loin:
    - VIEUX CONDÉ: Festival des arts de la rue "Les Turbulentes" en mai
    - SAINT-GHISLAIN: Festival mondial des danses folkloriques en juin
    - TOURNAI: Carnaval (chaque WE un village de Février à Avril, fête de l'accordéon en mai, ...
    - MONS: Carnaval en février e(Binche Unesco), Ducasse du Doudoun juin (Unesco), L'été des jardins suspendus de Mons (diverses animations et ateliers), et sur la Grand Place ...
    - BRUGELETTE: Pairi Daiza: énorme parc animalier avec beaucoup d'achitecture internationale (40 min en voiture ou train) d'aril à octobre
    - AUBECHIES: archéosite gallo romain avec animations le WE (20 min en voiture)



    BIENVENUE au pays des Ch'tis !!

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Ethernet cable for your laptop or wifi (depending places in the house as walls are thick) with unlimited internet with high speed

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Provide electricity. For a campervan or a standart motorhome.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Dogs are welcome in the garden. Dormitory in an ancient stable. Cats are welcome inside if not destructive. Horses (...) are welcome in the stable ... Nice walks for dogs and horses around the house.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day- 5 days a week

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