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My brother and I have two properties, one in Wanneroo, 4 acres with a permaculture garden. The other at Yanchep Lagoon overlooking the ocean in a private reserve. We are in our 70's and need help with building and gardening. We provide meals, good accommodation, private bedroom, bathroom in return for five hours of work. If you have building skills (bricklaying, carpentry, tiling, plumbing etc., let us know we may be able to pay you a bit extra.
Help in the house
We are pioneers at our beautiful house in Yanchep - we were born there and are the oldest inhabitants - we have many interesting stories about sea rescues and marine life. We care about the environment and are happy to teach skills in caring for plants, the ocean, travel in Australia and places to see on the West coast. In Wanneroo, I have turned my swimming pool into an aquaculture pond, have free-range hens and a beautiful garden.
At Yanchep, you can borrow a surfboard, wet-suits and snorkeling gear and explore the ocean. No roads to cross between us and the sea - we live right on the beach. We can teach you which sea-weed to eat, fish to catch and how to prepare them. You may even be able to come out on my brother's boat and catch lobster if the weather is good. We live 5 minutes from Yanchep National Park where you can see koalas, kangaroos, and other native wildlife. At Wanneroo, I can teach you how to turn a swimming pool into an aquaculture pond, growing fish and edible plants, tend a worm farm, prune, and garden. I have an extensive library on handyman magazines and a great collection of gardening books, (and books on most topics - I sell books online so I could teach you about book collecting if you are interested.
Wanneroo - available now until late December for experienced painter, (not necessarily professional but someone who has had experience and can paint well). I sell books on-line and need help with my data base - simple work but needs to be accurate - English as a first language would be necessary, - it will be doing a stock take and sorting and re-packing books. I am attempting to make life simpler by selling off anything not necessary - the money will go to charity so someone good at photography, marketing and selling.
Yanchep - no spaces available now until late January - we will need a handyman, carpenter or gardener. Work includes lawn-mowing. Indoors I need cleaning and window washing. The house is right on the ocean so lots of salt on the windows. Driving a trailer to pick up sea-weed for the compost heap and vegetable garden would be helpful but not essential. Help with the building would be great if you have experience, while I get the bottom section of the house finished.
If you do have skills like tiling or carpentry, plumbing let us know we may be able to pay you a bit extra.
English, Vietnamese, some Malay and Indonesian, a little French
Your own room with double bed, linen, towels, beach towel. Both our houses are above average. The Yanchep house is listed for guest rental but only over the holidays - otherwise, we keep it free for Workaway help. The top floor of the house is finished and very comfortable. We are working on the middle floor right now. The bottom floor is also finished. You can borrow surfboards, wet suits, snorkel, and fins, fishing gear.
At Wanneroo there are some nice walks (eg around Lake Joondalup) but Yanchep is the premium property with the beachfront, surfing, beach walking, the Yanchep National park. It is about an hours drive to Moor River and the Pinacles with some great photo opportunities. Even it winter it is nice to curl up in the lounge and read or just watch the ocean - we have free Wi-fi and loads of books.
You can catch a train to Butler if Yanchep is your choice or Edgewater if you like Wanneroo and I can pick you up from the station or a bus comes directly to Wanneroo.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day.