Explore the San Francisco Bay Area from a beautiful setting while helping with gardening and minor carpentry, California, USA


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    I could use a very occasional hand in completing my house remodel in Walnut Creek, California (suburb 30 miles from San Francisco). I would welcome the sharing of cooking and meals, however since assistance would be needed so rarely, I would hope for some participation in food costs. Ideally you would have your own preoccupations while here, free to conduct them in an amenable environment.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I was an architect (now retired) and a builder and I was raised on a farm. So I possess a fair number of design/construction skills that may benefit others. Cultural Exchange? Definitely! I welcome all people, from all countries/cultures/religions with just about any outlooks. I like to think of my place as a forum for sharing and learning. Until now I've managed with just occasional assistance. However now I wish to speed things up so that I, too, can get out and travel before I get too old LOL.

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    I would like to find a vegan person to cook vegan/vegetarian for me and other Workawayers.

    No construction skills would be required. You would be needed in helping when things are a bit heavy for just myself (rarely) and to occasionally assist in matters that require an additional hand. (Actually I have only one good-working hand). My three outstanding interior projects - though understand that I wish to do most of the work alone - consist of: 1) finish carpentry (trim at upgraded doors & windows), 2) interior painting of walls and ceilings, and 3) installing new floating vinyl flooring (atop existing hardwood). Also, though optional, I would like to start a vegetable garden this year. That is something Workawayers could take on more as their "own project", whilst I am occupied with the interior remodeling tasks. Also optional, Workawayers could attempt, again mostly on their own, the repair of some outside patio furniture.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English (or French)

  • Accommodation


    You could have your own bedroom and unshared bathroom, tho perhaps instead take another bedroom, while using a second bathroom off of the hall. Negotiable.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As you probably know, the San Francisco Bay Area is a treasure, both urban and for nature, and I'm in the middle of it! You can/we can do many things to explore. I have a station wagon. I cycle a lot (bike), swim and eat vegetarian/vegan. I'd love to start a vegetable garden this year! Might you entertain repairing some broken-down wooden patio furniture? In the final result...work as much as you want. At minimum, lend me a hand from time to time on tasks which require more than one person.

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    A little more information

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    • 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

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    Hours expected

    maybe 4 hours/day, 2 to 3 days/week... negotiable

in front of El Capitan (me in yellow shirt)
Mt. Diablo in the distance
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