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Séverine, Mickaël, (1985), Robin (2014), and Oyan (2018). We are a simply family trying to enjoy the life. We are living in a house we have renovated (ecoconstruction), in a little village between PAU and BIARRITZ, 1h from ocean Atlantique or moutain (pyrénées). We have a small farm : chickens, 2 horses, 2 dogs, 1 cat. We love travel and meet people despite our little level in english ;) ; Mika works half time like builder. Séverine works a little bit like occupationnal therapist. And the rest of time we have the best job : parents ;). Take care of our pets, garden, home, hiking, picking, cooking ...fill the rest of our time!
we love learning : this moment we try yo learn picking, permaculture, riding (we would like), non violent communication, english and spanish... and we learn a lot from our children !
This year Robin doesnt go to the school so we try to organize the days according to the needs and cravings (meet other children of the area who are unschooled, doing activities inspired by natural learning, forest school or montessori, but not only, follow local associations....)
Our next projects : travelling and meeting ecoplace, to may live (create?) in this kind of place.
For the house and pets keeping : we prefer spend times with you before leaving you the house and pets (1 week minimum) to take the time to know each pets and learn their needs. During our leave : member of our family and neighboor will come to have a look if everything is alright.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Come share our daily life where you may learn about young children, pets, ecoconstruction, and be witness of our own learning with parenting, permaculture and all the others things we try to do by ourself (cooking, picking...).
We love our mountains, our rivers, our ocean, there is always a place to discover and we are always searching family activities to do. And finally we have a beautiful region where bask and bearn culture are strong !
This next months : we would like some help to finish to renovate our house (or some help to play with children during we work in th house)
We also need help with other things, depending the seasons et your interests :
- Help us to take care our pets (feeding routines, watering, cleaning, maintenance, grooming, walk with horses, ballad with our dogs, care for the cat)
- help us in the garden (weed...and eat ;) ; ) : planting, transplanting, harvesting, raking leaves, maintenance, clearing, watering, mulching, limbing...
- help us in th house : cleaning, cooking, drying herbs, house maintenance...
- wood chopping and during cold seasons : start the fire on the wood stove
- renovate inside or outside, there is always something to do especially if you are interested by eco construction ;)
- help severine to make activities for children or to make pedagogic materials
- Spend time with us and our boys (playing, little walk...) to give us the possibility to imprenate english or spain langage. To play with children during we work around the house.
- emptying the dry toilet and cleaning your life area (guesthouse, caravan)
Shortly : we need a kind of second pair of hands in our little farm.
If there are not enough work to give you (winter for example) : we may find a deal : we ask you only 2 or 3 days of work per person per week and in exchange we share the food costs (or you provide it by yourself if you prefer or other deal)
For the house and pets keeping during 1 or 2 or 3 weeks or more : tasks are :
- feed all the animals (and check the water) the the mornings between 8/9 AM and walk the dogs
- walk the dogs 2 other times in the day or more
- water in the garden when it's summer
- to chop wood and heat the house when it's winter
french, english a little bit
You can have the choice :
* we have 2 rooms in our house (it's a mezzanine bedroom : one room upstair, one room down) and we can share the other pieces. We have also independant sanitary and toilet and kitchen for you if you need.
No smoke inside the houses please
* And we have a caravan (2 beds and a little kitchen, water and electricity). In this case you can use our house for kitchen/toilet/bathroom or the independant toilett/bathroom/kitchen close to our house,
No smoke inside the caravan please
Workawayer staying in tents or vehicles are welcome
I copy you a french description of our home : "Ancienne grange rénovée avec 1.5 hectares de parc dont 1 partie ombragée (jeux enfants : portique, trampoline, cage foot...), une partie potager, une partie fermée pour les chiens et voitures, et une partie pour notre mini ferme : un poulailler, un box et des près pour nos 2 chevaux... dans un hameau de 3 maisons en bout de village calme de 300 habitants, à 5 km de Navarrenx (toutes commodités, élu plus beau village de France). Amateurs de musique nous possédons 1 piano et 1 guitare que nous pouvons vous mettre à disposition. Des vélos enfants et adultes, des jeux enfants et adultes dans la pièce principale de notre logement. Hamacs, transat, jeux extérieurs, luge, skis, raquettes, cartes de randonnées ... tout est également équipé pour accueillir bébés et enfants en bas âge ! (les animaux y sont habitués) L'hiver notre logement est chauffé avec un poêle de masse avec un banc chauffant très apprécié ! Combiné à du chauffage électrique dans les chambres "
During your free time you can hiking or surfing or... : mountains, ocean and spain are 1h far away. we can drive you in a city where you can find train, bus, carpooling...
we are on the saint jacques de compostelle way.
we can lend you bikes for children and adults, trotinettes...
Acivities around : Rivers are around 20 mn by walk ; In Navarrenx (4,5 km) : market the wenesday; library; toys library; supermarket ; swimming pool the summer, tennis ...
Subsequent to a desapointed experience we need to write a kind of "Rules of community life" in our home :
- we learn and we try to respect the local ressources (electricity, water, food, waste...) and go to a reasonable use of this. Please try with us ;)
- the daily chores like : setting the tables, helping with sharing food, cleaning the table, the dish, the shared place, empty the dishwasher, tidying.... This daily tasks are sharing between you and us and are not included in the hours of work per days.
- we ask you to take care of the materials please, if something is broken please tell us and we could try to find an arrangement.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
4/5 heures par jour max, 5 j/sem.
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