Heya! I'm Donald, a Dutchie rocking it in Lithuania.
Early 2019 I bought a Sodyba (Farmstead), Its a 2.5 ha piece of land, On top a 120m2 Log house, 3 Barns an Orchard and a Pond occupied by frogs and toads. I'm renovating the house with Traditional an Natural techniques and i'm turning one of the barns into a Woodworkshop.
I have my background in Furniture and Interior. In my Traveling Workaway years i learned a lot about Natural Building and Tiny Houses. little bit of Garderning and Permaculture. With all gained knowledge i'm now trying to realize my own little dream: to life on the countryside, Have a Woodworkshop to build stuff, A nice Orchard and Garden for treats. and to become as sustainable and independent as possible.
The Sodyba is located in the countryside of Moletai, about 65km from Vilnius and 100km from Kaunas. The area has a lot of Lakes and Forests. In summer Moletai becomes quite touristic with events, markets and festivals. though the winters are quiet. From my village is one bus in the early morning and one in the afternoon. From Moletai buses go anywhere regularly
I like to dance Lindyhop, occasionally some Blues. As staying on the farm you end up a bit more Isolated. the dancing keeps me Social. If you dance Lindy, Come and visit me!!! We can join the weekly socials in either Vilnius or Kaunas or practice in the Orchard if we feel :D.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
I can teach you about Carpentry and Natural building, Take you on Walks in the nearby Forests or lakes. (In the dark winter months i like to do Full Moon hikes at night) I Dance Lindy hop and Blues. If you are dancer we could check out some of the Weekly Socials in Kaunas or Vilnius. In my Workaway Years i learned one recipe of every country i volunteered in and could teach you each classic dish. or show you a bunch of stars and constellations on a clear night sky.
The work that I Intent to do this year are the following activities on the list. Most of the work I can do alone and have basic experience in, but its much more fun and easy to do these things together, especially taking care of the Garden and applying Natural Clay Plaster. Whatever i know, i can teach you. Whatever you know you can Teach me.
- Removing, sanding, oiling and Insulating ceiling boards.
- Mount wooden Laths and Clays plaster on walls
- Remove old non working Stoves and clean bricks for rebuilding
- Insulate and pour the floor
- Clean wooden beams and apply Lime wash
- Insulate Ceiling
- Replace entry Doors
- Install electricity 220/380
- General Cleanup/Maintenance
- Rebuild Ceiling for the root cellar
- Prune Orchard / Lime Wash Trunks
- Move young/Plant new Trees
- Prepare Veggie garden for growing season
- Eat Delicious Veggies!!
- Chop and stack Firewood
Any experience with Woodworking tools (Manual or Electric) and or Experience with Gardening is very helpful and appreciated but not Necessary.
One room has been renovated which is now the shared living/sleeping room until the second room is finished. There is also a sleeping area on top of the pizza oven, traditionally used in colder winter where you could sleep if you like. By the end of May there will be a Camper available for you. The property is 2.5 ha, so if you like you can pitch your tent anywhere or take a hammock and occupy the Orchard or Barn, if you are into that :)
There is no access to running water yet, Drinking water comes from the well, Garden water from the Roof.
There is a Outdoor shower for the summers, and once in a while the possibility to use a public shower on a local Camping.
I believe moderation is key. I don't eat meat daily, but once or twice a month I do. When I can I try to avoid buying processed meat. I try to minimize my refined sugar consumption and avoid artificial sweeteners, Yet every once in a while a big cake, Bag o Biscuits or a bar of chocolate is devoured! I avoid buying products from Nestle, Unilever or with Palm Oil, but sometimes I do groceries for somebody else that does want them. I don't take pills or common medication. Yet occasionally you end up in a situation where there is no alternative. I try to be as Aware as possible of what I buy, what I eat, the products I use and the effect it will have on me and the environment.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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