My name is James, I'm 60 years old and I've been living in France for the last 30 years.
For the next two months (Septemberand October) I will be working on finishing a ruin I bought three years ago, turning it into a wonderfully imaginative home. (I hope!) During this period, I will be needing help with a bit of decorating, building a lean to shed, cladding the outside and/or gardening ( creation and maintenance) . The heavy work has been mainly finished.
I'm very happy to welcome couples or a single workawayer.
I have two daughters, who both live and work abroad (UK and Japan)
After working very hard, for the last 35 years I have now adopted a slower pace of life.
I am based in Normandy in France a 5 minute drive from the sea, and in easy reach of The Landing beaches, Mont St Michel, the Bayeux tapestry...so plenty for you to see. I'd you're mobile, so much the better, otherwise I have bikes and can occasionally take you off somewhere for a visit.
While working on the renovation, you would be living on sit . It is already a very comfortable if sometimes dusty living area.
Your own bedroom is currently waiting to be repainted (I dont like the first colour), and had it's own en suite bathroom.
I'm looking for help with general building/decorating work, and landscaping/ garden maintenance. Or alternatively someone to look after the daily chores around the house ... cooking shopping cleaning meal planning etc.
Experience would be good but isn't essential, though willingness to help and having a positive outlook is important. Being practical and adaptable is essential.
By choice, I don't eat meat very often, or much in the way of processed foods: Mainly fresh and preferably locally produced...maybe you can help make a kitchen garden?
Please, if you have to, only smoke outside. Thank you.
I have fast (optic fibre) WiFi and am planning to make this a 'smart' rénovation, and will be using smart infra red panels controlled by motion sensors, thermostats and mobile apps to heat the house. Anyone interested in smart houses?
This is a great opportunity to see what this beautiful part of France has to offer, and also to learn and get hands on experience of lots of things you might need to know to renovate a house.
I have recently been adopted by a very friendly kitten.
Travel here by train to Coutances, approx 3.5 hrs from Paris.
I look forward to your message!
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
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Lots to see and do in this famous tourist area. Beaches and culture. Mont st Michel, the Normandy landing beaches, the Bayeux tapestry, 12th century Cathedrals etc Plus,! as I have all the necessary experience to renovate a house from the ground up, you might be able to pick up some useful skills along the way!
Some carpentry work, gardening,
Language practice(?), Gardening.
Use of electric tools.
Help loading and unloading materials etc
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A private room on site with superfast wifi.
Mont St. Michel, the Normandy landings, the Bayeux tapestry, The local beach, local seafood (oysters, mussels crab etc) local markets.. Accompany me to Antiques auctions, vide greniers and fairs on days off...I have 30 yrs experience in french antiques which I'm also happy to share.
I expect you to muck in with me in the household chores, cooking washing up etc rather than expect me to do it for you.
If you were thinking of moving to live in France, this could be an excellent opportunity to get some experience. I am fully integrated in life out here, and know how it works, having been a governor of my daughters school, on the committee at a local club, and done translation for the local town hall.
I'm more than happy to share how to make a go of the expariate life over here, if that's what you're after. (Though I wouldn't say I'm a typical expat)
Do get in touch!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
I have wife and a fibre optic internet connection
Lots of space to park your vehicle.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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