Help with my garden and petsitting in Las Alpujarras, Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    Hola,

    I live in Southern Spain (Las Alpujarras) in a very diverse, multicultural area. My big hound Bran and I try to live as sustainably as possible on my large piece of land. Suso the cat has come to join our family recently and lives mostly in the casita or on the terrace. I live off grid in the countryside but within walking distance (10minutes) of the nearby town with all conveniences available. I am on solar power with internet access and back up generator if necessary. I love being surrounded by nature and live a fairly quiet life working the land, reading and practicing yoga. As I am vegetarian it would be a bonus if you appreciate this so we can share cooking and eating lunch together. I will provide food for your breakfast and evening meal which you can prepare yourself.

    I am looking for a couple or two people interested in garden maintenance and maybe some days petsitting. I need help with watering, weeding the vegetable patch, some strimming if you have experience of using a petrol strimmer much appreciated and help with an ongoing pizza oven project. The oven is now complete and needs a canopy to protect it from the elements. Some days we can prepare and eat lunch together or I will provide food to prepare yourself. I may be house/petsitting in a nearby village some weekends so it would be great if you could feed my big dog Bran twice a day, take him for a short walk and keep him company, feed Suso the cat once a day and take him for a supervised walk around the garden in the evening! He moved onto the land last October and Bran and Suso are still getting used to each other! Suso spends his days in the casita or on the terrace relaxing. You will have use of the stone casita with a separate shower cabin and compost toilet. My partner Vic is Spanish so you can practise or improve your language skills and he also runs a ceramic studio in the nearby town where you can try your hand on the potters wheel!

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    I am looking for two people or a couple for July and August as I may be travelling and require someone to look after my dog and cat, irrigate the land and do general maintenance jobs. Experience of or willing to learn the use of a petrol strimmer to cut the grass would be much appreciated. In the summer months you need to be prepared to arise early in order to take Bran for a walk, water some plants and also on occasions carry out some strimming as in the heat of the day you will want to take a siesta in the casita! Look forward to hearing from you.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The area I live is very diverse culturally, with people from many parts of the world mingling with the local Spanish community. Its a great place to learn or improve your Spanish language skills and observe some traditional Spanish ways of living.

  • Help

    Help

    Ideally I require a couple or two people to help with the vegetable patch, irrigation of the land, general land maintenance and occasional petsitting for my large dog and a cat who lives in the casita. Also help with cooking and shopping would be much appreciated. I am quite flexible about work hours and some days we may work more or less depending on ongoing projects and the season. In July, August and September I may be travelling and may require a couple to look after my dog and cat, irrigate the land and do general maintenance jobs. Experience of or willing to learn the use of a petrol strimmer to cut the grass would be much appreciated. In the summer months you need to be prepared to arise early in order to take Bran for a walk, water some plants and also on occasions carry out some strimming as in the heat of the day you will want to take a siesta in the casita! Also during the months of November and December 2021 help is needed to harvest the olives and take them to the nearby olive mill. This would involve working five or more hours each day for maybe three or four days. Challenging physical work but very rewarding, especially when you get to sample the fruits of your labour!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You would have use of a casita (stone cottage) with separate shower hut and compost toilet. Power is from a solar system with a back up generator when necessary. Basic internet is available.

    Cooking will be shared activity for lunch on work days. Food will be provided for breakfast and evening meals and non-work days for your own preparation. Occasionally if there are more than two non- work days in a week you may need to provide your own food.

    There is also a yurt on the land with a kitchen cabin which is currently occupied long term by a friend.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This is a beautiful, tranquil area of Spain near Granada city with many high mountain villages to explore and several beaches about one hour away on the bus. Transport links are frequent to Granada and once daily to the coast. There is a market every Thursday with many local products for sale. There are many hiking and walking trails to enjoy locally. Many musicians and artists live in the area and there are frequent performances and exhibitions to experience.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    I have basic wifi (5mb) which should be sufficient for online work using zoom etc. Several workawayers have successfully worked online from the casita were a wifi extender is installed. There may be some issues on successive grey days if the solar system is not charging.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    A small to medium sized camper van can park on the upper land inside the gates. With some work it is possible to prepare a parking area for a larger vehicle on the lower land outside the gates. This could be a potential set up for a longer term workaway situation. All workawayers will have access to the casita, shower cabin and compost toilet on the upper land.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week, maybe less depending on ongoing projects.

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