Come and help at my farmhouse near the sea and the Contraviesa mountains in Alpujarras, Spain

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  • Description

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    INTRODUCTION...
    Hello my name's Linda. Im a Queens English speaking intelligent lady, in her mid 50's. Animal lover. Previously had lived in incredibly touristiky tacky Marmaris Turkey more than 16 years running private boat and fishing charters BUT NOW on with my next about turn adventure and BIG life change having bought a very old part renovated Cortijo/FARMHOUSE in Spain, Andulucia, Granada region on the beautiful Costa Tropical famous for its exotic fruit and vegetable growing.

    I'm 7km inland from the sea a 15/20 minutes by car journey down the gulley's track from the barranco/ravine and rambla/riverbed to the coasts traditional fishing village Castell de Ferro, officially named as one of the Magical Villages of Spain below the Alpujarra's!
    The Cortijo is mostly renovated and large, she stands solitary on the slopes of a low mountain again below Mount Lujar, im at 350meters above sea level. Amazing mountain and sea views 360° No neighbours for 350mts and 500mtrs. Little light pollution on a night. Many terraces to sit on offering different panoramic vistas from all angles.
    I ALSO have a Games room with full sized Snooker Table, Darts Board, and other retro games and am working on sorting my libary of books.

    Previous boat owner. Fun, friendly, and an occasional smoker. Non drinker but dont care if you do provided you dont get miserable & paralytic!
    A Big foodie, a Meatatarian. Pork eater! We also have nuts in the house! (Me!)

    VERY Open eclectic person with lots of life experience in many areas. Told I'm very funny!?! GSOH...

    I LOVE TO LAUGH, I do swear lots and am a bit messy Gemini! Not the best Morning Person and need a coffee in me before i can communicate! Not Religious at all.... Nature rules.... Spritual and scientific.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Elderly Companion
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn with me about Spain and the beautiful area i now live in. In this area called the Costa Tropical in Granada Province, experience Spanish culture and food, sightseeing and lots to go see when time off.
    FOR EXAMPLE... The rich culture of Granada which is a good hour away. And a Primark! Or eclectic hippy town Orgiva, which even has a buddist colony, a wonderful eaterie serving organic Morrocan food and drinks.
    If you hire a car you will have LOTS more freedom IF you can face driving the track! Some 'older' people may be covered to drive my car if I'm in car! You can get from UK Post Office an international driving licence for under £10! Lets see what Brexit brings...

    In the local traditional fishing village CASTELL DE FERRO 15minutes away, Officially voted one of the MAGICAL VILLAGES OF SPAIN, which is the nearest town, there are regular Busses to Motril 25mins away and Malaga, Granada and Almeria where there sre International Airports, from the local town Castell de Ferro it takes about 1.5hours plus. Theres great supermarkets here - I feel spoilt here even in the small ones after residing in Turkey! Banks, cafes, bars etc all in the local town. Plus AMAZING CHINESE STORES and the big Supermarkets in Motril a larger town 25+ minutes away.
    If you want to and pay for your drinks we can go get FREE TAPAS which is a brilliant way to test the wonderful Andulucian cusine with its influences from afar and near. Highly reccomend this! And great to meet the other locals and Mad Mountain people.... JaJa...
    Visit the white villages Pueblos, the Lujar and Sierra Nevada mountain Ranges and soak up the southern spanish skies and old charm charisma of the friendly locals. A photographers paradise!
    I can teach you to dance Salsa and few other styles of dance.
    If you have a hire car (high wheelbase because of the track) or transport, (a mountain bike ideal!) so much the better to enjoy all Andalucia has to offer with 320 sunny days a year.
    Improve your English with native speaker. Understand English humour. Improve your vocabulary.
    Have fun WORKAWAYING make a new friend!

  • Help

    Help

    ABOUT YOU...
    NOT suitable for children. You MUST SPEAK ENGLISH....
    You need to have an E111 or you own medical/travel insurance. You are responsible for and of your own health care costs. I will ask for copy of your Passport and I.D. etc.
    AS WE CAN BE CUT OFF... no one with un-manageable health or mental problems please. ALSO i cannot be liable for any costs incurred if track and rambla/riverbed impassable, be it hotel or loss of flights etc. As its an Act of God... this is the joys of living in the mountains.
    You need to have funds to cover eventualities and travel costs.
    Happy to give first time Workayers a chance but sadly been let down badly by first timers saying their coming, then not, so dont PLEASE be a WANNABEWORKAWAYER! It spoils it for others........
    You need to be reliable and SELF MOTIVATED and a happy soul and willing to help with ALL manner of tasks and 'muck in'. Don't 'DO' doom and gloom types, faffers, shirkers or sulkers as im a straight talking person and direct and relatively easy going... someone who will pull their own weight and a bit more appreciated! JOB FINISHERS EXPECTED before laying on the loungers! Talk if you've finished a task, theres always lots more! And if you cant do something again I don't bite (much) and I can give guidance and help as needed should you struggle. I like workawayers to like the jobs they do! There are daily jobs to do for ALL as in normal life.

    As the farmhouse is ISOLATED you will need to be able to occupy yourself in down time or better yet socialize with me and the dogs. Generally visit town or city 2x a week in the car. Not someone PLEASE who sits on their phones 24/7 whilst in company or out in cafes etc. Internet available throught house so you can use in bedrooms.
    If your wanting nights out, Mc.Donalds, disco/bars etc... this IS NOT THE PLACE for you! Here its about sunrise and sundown, perspectivey lit mountains, starry starry nights with little light pollution, moonlit shadows, hearing owls, birds, foxes, pigs and sometimes my dogs and reptiles break the silence and the gentle woosh wooch of the majestic wind turbines on the far mountain ridge. Also Ibex and snakes if your very lucky! See also the Lesser Kestrels, Hoopoos, Bonelli Eagles, Storks, Wagtails, Little Owls and the Red Rumped Swallows as they do aerial acrobatics drinking from the pool, also Red Legged Partridges and many migrating birds and so lovely to watch the antics of the resident birds in the jasmine and other crazy perched nesters. Also have bats, beetles, praying mantis, crickets, frogs, toads and geckos and goldfish!
    Yes we can play loud music by the fully enclosed private swimming pool!
    If you like walking theres many routes diectly from the farmhouse door. Bring a bicycle/mountain bike if you have one. Car/motorcycle owners/drivers a bonus. For twitchers theres many birds, bring binoculars. A good torch too is very VERY handy!

    I NORMALLY host for 1 to 2 WEEK initial hosting/workaying with a view to a possibility of a LONGER TERM STAY depending on YOUR skill sets and character! Possibility of House share for future contribuition.

    WORK...
    5 Days, 5 hours a day flexible, depending on weather, projects or if we decide to play hookey for the day!

    I need ideally some handy helpful workers as my neck and back isn't great, I previously broke 2 bones in my back and have a wierd neck pin bone which halts me in my tracks sometimes if I overdo things.
    SO if you have any Experience with General Maintainance skills or SOME Plastering, Painting (house not art!), Landscape gardening, any house skills ETC.
    i.e. HANDS ON SKILLS Workawyers given MOST consideration! I like it if people like doing jobs they take on.

    SORRY WE DONT DO YOGA, PLAY GUITAR AND SING KUMBAYA, HAVE CHILDREN OR NEED PHOTOGRAPHY OR WEB SITES CREATING! OOPS...

    MY jobs that I AM doing are building local rock retaining walls to terraces in garden and sorting out the land as its been a bit neglected. I'm going to convert the water deposit into either a dog or human house, builfing a concrete soan roof and puttingnin windows and doors. And Im converting above the garages to a room and below to kitchen bathroom.. I am installing some wrought iron railings. And eventually going to fence in the garden making dog pen area. Several lenghts of guttering to fix up. Raising pool walls and adding in some sexy curves and arches, glass bricks and i'm plastering and painting various areas, ive to mend some blown fencing and shore up driveway, perhaps make new fencing solution a bit 'grander' to go with house. Remove an old water fountain and replace with another tiling base. Re-fit and rewire some outside lights, hang some new light fittings inside. Also the remaing whole of inside of house is to be painted, doors, frames, walls etc, and some more plastering.
    I need some fixed wall sheving making a library area for my books above the paneling in the Games Room and painting.
    Further remove grass and weed and vegetation from from front ex lawn and add impenetrable membrane and cover with pebbles. Complete a vegetable garden area. Strim some more pathways, and define with stones brought up from the riverbed, Lay some permanant concrete paths, and wood and stone pathways etc. Also i want to build a hen house and make woodstore which design i have made. I wish to change the entire colour schemes both inside and out of house so lots of Painting! I Etc etc etc.... COME HELP ME TRANFORM THE CORTIJO!

    In the garden area I've SO much weeding and digging and I'd like to move all shedding plants from the pool area to outside garden. Lots of brush and weed clearence. Continue my compost bins, and start collecting and get on chopping down the dead trees from the fire that swept through the area here 3 years ago (free burning and kindling wood!) and start stacking that for next winter. Got an electric Chainsaw! I've bought a petrol professional strimmer with harness. Have some tools and will look to get more as needed. Install a wood burning stove in dining room, meanwhile enjoying the dirty open fire in Lounge (very smokey but brings back the smell of bygone years if you can stand it!) Got a HUGE Cement Mixer and need to get a portable Generator working, also fix a massage reclining chair if your good with mechanics.
    The pool ALWAYS needs attention, from fishing out fallen flying things and fallen leaves and using the pool vacume! A nice daily job.
    Also have a small pond and waterfall and gold fish and frogs and a toad, which needs cleaning.

    FOOD...
    I will provide money for most of your general food. You will usually make your own Breakfast if required / Lunch or we'll have a spot of Lunch together and will be making / cooking as required your food in the main house kitchen, you can organise your own dietry preferences then if different.
    Most often in the evenings I cook, nice if you help too and we can all eat together and have a great time talking, laughing etc.
    Any particular extra food stuff you want you can buy for yourself from the local supermarkets readily. Sweets and treats, alcohol etc. which i DO NOT provide.

    I like ALL meat, and SORRY WE EAT a lot of PORK IN THIS HOUSEHOLD (This IS Spain!) and spicy and Garlicky foods TOO! We eat our evening meal when its dark usually.

    I CANNOT ACCOMODATE VEGANS OR VEGETARIANS OR PESCATARIANS At all unless YOU PAY FOR and SORT, PREPARE AND COOK ALL your own foodstuffs...
    Or someone objectionable to pork products everywhere and handling raw meats in the kitchen and dogs utility room! NO HALAL here.

    WE ARE on POZO / Well WATER here, ITS LOVELY AND HIGH IN CALCIUM, no shortages. I drink the water and havent died yet, you can always boil it! ! You can buy yourself bottled water if you or your stomachs fussy.

    CLEANING...
    You are responsible for your own room, WASHING BEDDING and CLEANING bathroom and shared TOILET areas of Communal Spaces cleaning and helping with miscellaneous household chores in this big ol'e dusty farmhouse! You will have to FULLY clean up your room and toilets used on departure. If i cook its nice to have help and with tidying up after and setting dishwasher on go and emptying.
    Ideally bring own towel etc.

    FURRY FRIENDS...
    YOU MUST LOVE ANIMALS as they are around in my life! I have (at the moment) 2 beautiful friendly VERY FURRY, IF YOU DONT LIKE FUR (Husky Glitter), DON'T COME PLEASE, Rescued Siberian huskies their usually outside. And now rescued 2 Spanish Mastin/Mastiff HUGE puppys too and a timid Spanish Podenca, their SO gorgeous. And I've recently got a rescued Blue eyed White Kitten who's deaf. And a stray Siamese has turned up too! Latest addition being a dumped day old pup who i got at 5 weeks, hes so naughty but cute not sure of his breed YET. Need some assistance with training the dogs, the puppies and cat love to snuggle on the sofa watching films! You can borrow one of the 7 for your bed if you so wish! Take your pick!
    Some of the dogs have bell collars on so they can be located on the mountain, its like living with a HERD of sheep, tranquil for some, not others.. bring ear plugs if in doubt. NO ONE WITH ANIMAL ALLERGIES COME PLEASE...
    Dying to get my Rare Breed Chickens again also.
    You may be asked to care for the animals if i have to go out or away at all.
    Be prepared to POOP PICK! DE tick and de flea as i live in the Campo /countryside. And to Fur brush magical fibres of husky love.
    Goldfish and frogs and toads in a pond/waterfall too. Gekos everywhere if you look!

    INFORMATION...
    I have just moved here to Spain End November 2018 from Turkey to the NEXT opposite chapter of my life adventures to Andulucia Southern Spain in the Granada Province, 7km from the STUNNING Costa Tropical sea shore. AND near to the Contraviesa and Alpujarras.
    Ive moved to an old, quite isolated, large farmhouse with super views, swimming pool (not heated IN WINTER) anyone with ideas please (i did the toe test and got a no way Never reaction), The pool will be a welcome relief in Summer tho! I also have a lovely large workshop, double garage with room above, plus land, so theres MUCH general work to do.

    ITS A BIT ISOLATED UP A kinda rough 3km TRACK, not for the feint hearted certainly! WITH STUNNING MOUNTAIN VISTAS AND WALKS very peaceful and quiet. I have a car for the twice weekly town visits. Track IS passable in normal car except if any BIG rain, THEN WE CAN GET CUT OFF! YEHAYYY! I ALWAYS KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER!

    OTHER FACILITIES...
    I have a Games Room with full sized professional Snooker Table, Darts Board etc, also want to make some shelving above the wooden paneling in there and paint and build my 'Library' to house all my books. Ive a vast lot on Poultry, Ducks, Easy reading, Psychology Books, my old childhood books and games and many old interesting books on many subjects. Something for everyone!
    Washing machine, dishwasher and most other usual modern facilities in farmhouse.
    Aircon available in double room @ cost of 5€ A day.

    Internet TV in main lounge and by pool. I can set up one of my firesticks to watch a film IF we agree on one, on one of my 50"er's or get into some programme! Can even have foreign subtitles! AHhh technology.....

    Full Wi-Fi INTERNET AVAILABLE too.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    ENGLISH, a little Turkish, learning Spanish.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    ACCOMODATION...
    One is a Double bedroom En-suite with access to large shared with me AND the dogs,with rear terrace overlooking pool and land and mountains. Or theres a twin room with sun area leading small Juliet Balcony with uninterripted views of the barranco, mountains and sea in the far distance, the twin room shares the house bathroom, good if you come as two or ive a full house. Males may have to share. And also a sofa bed in lounge.
    Or you can, if you prefer not being in the main house, camp out in the double bed room above the Double Garage which is quieter and has electric lights etc, pool room toilet for use or pitch a tent between the Olive Trees weather permitting! If you've a camper van etc LOTS of space to park on driveway and an electrical socket outside, thats if you can get up the track.
    P.S I DO NOT PROVIDE ALCOHOL OR CIGARETTS, Sweets and snacks or PERSONAL TOILETRIES. Èxcessive usage of foodstuff will result in you being asked to buy your own! TURN OFF LIGHTS, and no phone chargers to be left plugged in at any times!
    I request that no 'visitor's be 'entertained' whilst staying unless by agreement! And smoking outside or in communal areas only not in bedrooms you can smoke on open balconies. All cigarette ash trays must be disposed of daily. No smoking on the land area ANYWHERE for obvious reasons!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Loads to do in this area... Getting away from it all into the beautiful countryside, marvellous mountain walks RIGHT on the doorstep or explore the amazing coastlines and beaches, magnificent mountains, the white villages/pueblos, culture vultures can feed their fevers in Granada, visit Eclectic Hippy town Orgiva and eat in the Luscious Moroccan cafe there people watching. FABULOUS flaura and fauna, I have a car and like to explore, caves, mountains, beaches, vistas etc... on with exploring places locally I've not been to if you'll chip in with the diesel and we can also go out to eat too! TAPAS and the great menus of the day and taste sensations await!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Around 5 hours a day, 5 days a week which can be flexible depending on projects.

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