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I am an artisan/enterpreneur. My partner works in construction building. I work from home. We have a dog and 2 cats.
We have a special interest in eco living with a small garden and we grow seasonal vegetables and tomatoes and hope to be more self- sustained in the future.
Our country house is an 80 year old elementary school built pre WWII so it is not a typical Finnish house but we love it and try to improve it a bit by bit. We use composting out door toilet as pzrt of our eco living strategy and encourage our visitors to do so, too.
We are heading for autumn and winter now so there will be less gardening but pending on weather, there are still some tasks to do outside: building a fence around veggie patches, mowing the lawn( cutting grass), weeding and berry picking in the forest not too far from the house. It would be a great bonus if you can manage a medium size ( 30 kg) dog and walk him daily as I am waiting for a knee replacement and sometimes walking is a bit of a challenge for me. We are also collecting herbs from the garden until the first frost comes and prepearing the garden for winter, planting tulip bulbs, artichokes, etc.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
I am fluent in English, (but not a native English speaker) so you can practise your English during your stay with us. You have a possibility to learn to bake and make Finnish cinnamon rolls and traditional breads.
If you are interested in herbs, you can learn about them in the potagerie with traditional Finnish garden plants. We can take a trip to Torronsuo National Park, where we can enjoy the famous bog land of Torronsuo bog. There are possibilities to see wild life: birds, squirrels and white tailed deer not too far from the house. Sometimes you get a glimpse of elk running in the forest! During early autumn we can go walking in a nearby forest to pics berries and make traditional blueberry pie.
We have a traditional 80 year old sauna ( bathing house) you can experience washing up in the gentle warm steam if you want to try it.
While we are big fans of old fashioned living, life in Finland today is almost impossible, or at least very difficult without mobile phones and the web. In a perfec world we would be off the grid, we try however, to find a balance between modern and traditional ways of living.
Please notice that the way of living may be very different from what you are used to at home and 'seize the day' and enjoy your workaway adventure while you are a volunteer at our house.
We welcome you to stay with us heartily!
Autumnal tasks are mentioned above.
We Finns ( =people living in Finland) live very closely to our pets, cats and dogs. We keep them inside and interact a lot with them. In Finland pets are considered valuable members of the family, so we hope you like animals. And of course that you are interested in slow country living. We live a quiet life but days can be very busy at the same time. We look for persons who show initiative and are easy going.
Our shedules are flexible so you must be able to handle last minute changes in daily routines, they can happen - for instance work in the garden is always pending on weather so we plan our days according to it.
Cooking family meals together is a nice way to get to know each other. We eat a lot of vegetarian food but also enjoy some chicken, fish and red meat, locally sourced, and we eat dairy products almost daily. Our veggie food is local, we do not buy a lot of imported food stuffs.
Please note, that due to global warming, we tend to get a lot of rain during autumn and windy stormy days also in the beginning of winter( November-December) . In the mid-winter ( January- February) temperatures can be anything from +1 to -29 Centigrades Celsius.
In the winter time we need help with snow shoveling (and scraping ice and snow off the car) and with putting sand to the drive way to make it less slippery. There is also a lot of fire wood carrying..;)
Extreme living in the winter
If you want to join us for a workaway adventure in November-December, please remember to pack warm winter shoes suitable for Nordic weather and a warm jacket. The rooms in the house are relatively cool in winter( around +18 centigrades) so a pair of warm pajamas and a pullover will be needed. We have a lot of warm wool socks and mittens! :) For old fashioned extreme winter living you can use the composting out house also in the winter time or try our 80 year old sauna for a relaxing steam bath.
Our old house, a little rough around the edges but has a welcoming heart, is a never ending continuous project . So if you are looking for a 5 star accomodation our life style is not for you. You will help out with small tasks inside and out. Also just daily life in a big house ( cleaning, cooking, grooming cats/dogs etc)
You may want to try traditional crafts, baking bread, or cinnamon buns, knitting or a bit of sewing etc. We are big fans of re/ up-cycling so old pieces of furniture, thrift finds etc can find a new life in the house with a little bit of work.
Finnish, Swedish, English. Very basic Spanish.
A shared room with a water kettle.
Limited shower room use at the other end of the house. During the coldest part of the year it is possible to use indoor toilet/shower.in June-September we use composting out door toilet.
Nearest railway station, apr. 20 km. Nearest large city is Tampere, about an hour drive from here (70 km ). Tampere has some interesting and high quality museums, sights, shops etc. There are lovely paths for walking in the woods, you can even see deer in their natural habitat only 10-15 minutes walk from the house. A variety of birds live on and around the estate.
You can borrow a bicycle from the house and bike around the village. In the summer time we have a nice weekly out door farmer's market circa 4 km from here.
There are a couple of small public beaches for swimming nearby ( one a lovely pond in the middle of a forest ) and a disc golf park. It is possible to visit Torronsuo bog and go trekking at Torronsuo National Park if you enjoy out doors.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
4-5 hours a day (max 25hours, 5 days a week)