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We are a couple in our late 50'ties / early 60'ties running a small organic farm in Ulefoss, Telemark. We have about 40 sheep and the same amount of chicken, two cats and a dog. From may til october we have seven pigs in the old garden, and we also have beehives.
We moved to this farm three years ago, so we still have a lot of projects going on. I am a nurse working only weekends, and my husband is a carpenter. We have a small vegetable-garden which really need some love and attention. This summer it has been badly neglected...
The forrest we have I want to change from dense forrest with a lot of small trees and into more like grazeland for the sheep.
I love beeing as self sufficient as possible, - picking berrys in the forest, tradeing milk for eggs with the neighbours, useing our own honey instead of sugar.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
When you come here you will see how norwegians live on a typical small farm. We try to make as much as possible from our vegetable-garden, and we conserve wild berrys during summer for the next year.
We love to discuss with people from other countries, and to learn how they live. We travelled a lot before we moved to the farm. Now we have to invite the world to come to us instead.
We expect you to work 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. You choose yourself how you spend your time.
We need help with a lot! We have so many projects going on. I want to have a street-art painting on one of the walls in the barn. You see what I mean in the picture of the sun and flowers. It might be to cold for much outdoor painting in november, so I'll finish it next spring. I also need help in the vegetablegarden, depending on when you come ofcourse. I want to rearrange some of the beds so everything is ready for next season.
We have a forrest that needs thinning and other forrestwork. It would be nice if you can handle a chainsaw, otherwise Terje will teach you.
We still have some indoor painting to do on a rainy day. Also general maintenance and help in the house and in the garden.
In april and may we have the lambing. Very rewarding time.
From june until september most of the sheep will be in the hills/ mountain about 1.5 hrs drive from here. Now they are back on the farm. We have started to fence in a big field for the sheep, and need help to finish it.
We have three spare bedrooms in the house, and soon one extra bathroom. Kitchen will be shared with us.
Our meals are not so regular, but we want to have at least dinner together. It would be very nice if you could cook something from your country once or twice a week, but no stress.
When it comes to other meals you are free to make and eat whatever you find in the house. Ofcourse you clean what you have been using in the kitchen when you are finished.
We don't smoke, and will appreciate if you don't either. Haveing said that, you can smoke outside the house if you need to. We don't drink much, but a glass or two of wine or beer when we play cards on the veranda is just fine. In winter we move inside and sit in front of the fireplace.
Ulefoss is a small place along the very famous canal of Telemark, Telemarkskanalen. It is said to be one of the most beautiful waterways in the world. When the canal was completed in 1892 it was called the eitght wonder. It connects the coast of Telemark with the inland through a number of locks. One can go there by one of the old passengerboats or rent a canoe and padle.
The nearest bigger place is Skien and Porsgrunn, with all facilities. Takes about 30 min by car, busses every hour. There are numerous hikeingoptions in the aerea, everything from 5minutes to as long as you could possibly want to. On our property about half a mile from the farmhouse we have a kind of really basic three-wall shelter with a fireplace. Very nice to stay overnight there.
We also have two bikes you can use whenever wanted.
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