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Hi there :-) Good that you still want to travel although circumstances are quite difficult!
If you want to join and help, your accomodation would be the caravan, it has a gas heating, but it is still a caravan in winter ;-) I am looking for help from january on, but it will dedend on the weather and when we get windows... If we get along well and I can see your good work there is the possibility for some extra hours for payment after the first two weeks.
We are working on rendering with clay at the moment and sanding and restauring oak beams, old stairs and doors. Chopping firewood has to be done as well.
My mom wants to move in as soon as it is possible, but there is still a lot to do to get her rooms ready or at least her bedroom....
I am happy if you have skills in these crafts but a lot of that work can be done without much experience if you just know how to use your hands and you are clever :-)
All of it is physical work so you should be quite fit.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT:
Hello! My name is Heike, my mom is Annette, the cat is Mona and the young dog is Rocco :-)
Come and help us with reconstruction/redevelopment of our half-timbered manor, a historical monument of 1835, to create a vivid and peaceful place for a community with social and ecological values. As we are still at beginning of this project - we started in May 2019 - and the manor stood empty for many, many years, there are a lot of different tasks to do within a lot of building work, of course ;-)
At the moment it is just me, my cat and my dog living here permanently, but it shall increase, as soon as there are more rooms finished. My mother is coming over every now and then and she is planning on moving in at the end of this year- we are working hard on that ;-)
We use ecological materials, work with wood and clay and cooperate with the office for the preservation of historical monuments. We displaced most of the wilderness but now we have to make a garden of the property (all in all about 6000 m² including the buildings) with areas for vegetable growing, hedges, plant fruit trees and build a natural childrens playground as we are planning to offer 1 or 2 places for small children as a foster family when the building work in the ground floor is done.
I am open for a good, honest and open minded relation in which we can support each other and I am happy to host you for a week or some months :-)
You can come with your own camper van as well of course and place it in the big garden where you can see the sunrise and listen to the animals of the forest at night :-)
Be aware that internet access is only via satellite, it works but not always good. You can use wifi but for online courses it is normally not quick enough.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
I can support with learning german if that's something you would like to improve.
You can learn about reconstruction of an old manor made of old and therefore natural materials - how to re-use if possible.
I like to share knowledge and experiences. I love self-development, meditation and mindfulness. I am interested in natural and energetic healing. And having fun together - of course!
Sitting at the camp-fire in the end of a day makes me happy beyond wishes and that's something I'd love to share with you.
*** Just to mention because of some interesting experiences: I am NOT looking for a guy to get my bed worm - it is "just" Workaway ;-) ***
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
You can help with the reconstruction of the monument-protected half-timbered manor and there are the garden tasks as well.
You can also help with the pets and the cooking and shopping and cleaning.
Lots of little repair job awaiting for you if you are good at that kind of thing.
I ask for 4-5 hours at 5 days from Monday to Friday.
There is a little workshop I would like to "rescue" from falling apart, the roof needs fixing after carpentry work.
It could become a great place for guests once it is ready and I would love to have support with ideas and work :-) You can find it in the pictures.
If you are skilled to invent a homepage with me that would be great!
There is a caravan/trailer in the garden suitable for one or two persons, if you travel together. We have a small guest room in an outbuilding with a small gasheater, but when it is getting really cold it might not be suitable. Of course you can come with your own camper van and place it in the garden.
We share the bathroom, toilet and kitchen.
There is a piano and a guitar in the house.
The food I offer is mostly from ecological farming and I am lactose-intolerant.
Mostly I eat vegetarian, sometimes I eat meat, but only bio and no mass production and I hosted vegan travelers and learned about vegan cooking some bacics :-)
I do smoke, but of course outside and the guests are asked to go out for smoking as well.
Nature is wonderful out here, there are owls, rabbits, deers, bats and birds around and there is a beautiful forest and a little stream nearby. There are a lot of historical monuments and some museums in this rural area. In 5 km there is a lake suitable for swimming and also not to forget the river Weser with its cycle path some km's away. Public transport is quite poor but you can lend a bike. It is 5 km to the station in Lahde, where I can pick you up.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
If you travel in your own camper van you can place it in the big garden and see the sunrise every morning :-)
A maximum of 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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