I am a widow with my daughter helping me out when she can, along with our much loved but elderly Red Setter. Living in a stunning, rural part of south west Wales near the Brechfa Forest in Carmarthenshire, my country cottage is set in a peaceful and attractive area, with no immediate neighbours.
I have been renovating the cottage with a builder doing most of the work but now am trying to finish off indoors and out. Help is needed mainly with the garden.
The garden is bordered on one side by woodland and a stream so there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the copious wildlife. We often watch red kites and buzzards hovering above the neighbouring fields. We can see foxes, badgers and sometimes glimpse a deer, or see hedgehogs, rabbits and polecats, hear geese flying overhead and tawny and barn owls calling through the night. There are plenty of bats around too.
I love looking after animals and gardening, prefering a wildlife friendly garden approach.
I am happy to help with learning to speak English and enjoy meeting new people and chatting about a variety of subjects. Pleased to share my knowledge of plants and animals, local history and customs.
The cottage has been renovated and was previously empty for many years so the garden is a new project. I have constructed a planting bed and partly planted up a bank. Recently a workaway volunteer has made several sets of steps but there is still plenty to do in the garden. The small field also needs work on hedges, and to construct more fences.I also need to make a log store and a porch for my shed that can double as a small greenhouse.
Ideally help is for 5 hours 5 days a week but can be flexible as to when. Looking for anyone who is good at DIY and odd jobs eg. mending fences, fixing gates, doors (carpentry skills most welcome), decorating. However there are plenty of less skilled jobs to be done such as, clearing ditches, chopping wood, making a pond and weeding and planting.
The cottage is small with only one bedroom so accommodation is a large two roomed tent either in a corner of the field or close to the cottage. The shed which is large and fairly new could be converted partly. This is for sleeping in. Meals are in the cottage unless its nice weather for eating outside. There is always access to kitchen and bathroom.
We prefer to accomodate workawayers for one or two weeks at a time.
If you do not have your own transport it would be good to be aware that we are a mile from the nearest bus route which only runs once a day. 12 miles from a train station. On arrival and departure I can give you a lift from these. This being a rural area the nearest pub and a small village shop is a mile away! I do go out several times a week but our life is centered around home. Although we enjoy company and getting to know new people we we also need times of privacy and respect yours so there will be plenty of time for you to enjoy the lovely surroundings.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers