I am a writer, an older widow. I have completed a book about Maori rock drawings which is being published next year. I also attend life drawing classes. Family have grown up. I enjoy classical music and concerts. I love gardening but need help with pruning, weeding and landscaping .
At present there is a bit of painting to do on the fences and some indoor maintenance.
I do go to a farm sometimes it is in a less visited area in South Canterbury.
I have one homestay There is a nice warm comfortable space in an alcove
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
I am very interested in and well informed about other countries and their cultures. I am always ready to help people improve their spoken and written English. I live in Christchurch near Canterbury University. and am happy to tell people where to go.or take them. I can cater for most Asians being able to cook Thai and Chinese yummy dishes. As a writer I appreciate time to correct my book whilst someone is doing some housework for me. Workawayers would learn about the New Zealand way of life and our food. I also go sometimes to a farm in South Canterbury to help with garden maintenance . The area is not visited by tourists and has bush, native wood pigeons, lots of sheep and a mountain range behind the homestead. There are good demanding hill tracks in nearby reserves and on the farm.
My garden is quite large and needs weeding. I can only have room for one person. If you can mow lawns or use a hedge trimmer that will be a bonus. But easy to master and safe. As I am quite computer literate. Help with vacuuming welcomed If you can use a quad bike that would be a help. Strict condition when using quad bike low speed etc. Helmet to be worn
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Christchurch a new house with a single bed electric blanket and desk and desk light in an alcove warm and private off large art studio. Handy to large bathroom and separate toilet. Upstairs. Bench with sink hot water jug Small fridge and microwave to use.
Farm Homestead bedroom with electric blanket ample storage for clothing etc bathroom and toilet handy. I enjoy cooking for other cultures use chopsticks etc.
There numerous shops, banks, Post Office table tennis in Christchurch near this home. People can buy cars or sell them in Christchurch, if leaving to return back to their country.
Christchurch earthquake damage still visible.
People can visit Akaroa and the Hamner Hot Pools. Skiing in winter .
I have had very helpful French young men and found their help with some heavier tasks really worthwhile..
Bus transport is just down the road. I appreciate at least 4-5 hours help a day but am flexible if person wishes a day off to visit somewhere.. I prefer some one who is happy to have breakfast at about 8 am, not much later. Also a person who will complete a task thoroughly.
Christchurch has some worthwhile local sights mostly the botanical gardens and our museum.. The town is fine for bicycles. I am a good cook. There are good concerts to cater for all tastes.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Good offstreet parking in excellent location
No cats ever well trained outside dogs ok must be registered in New Zealand and owners Responsible Owners
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week