Hi, I’m relatively new to this network, so I’m still feeling my way into how to most effectively work around my unique occupational travel requirements. I’m a professional artist, and have been doing this kind of work for the last 25 years, in one form or another. I paint in my home studio, in a larger studio in Newcastle, around the country and internationally on larger projects and at festivals.
I recently moved to a new, slightly rustic, tiny house, in the hamlet of Dora Creek, on Lake Macquarie. It’s a wonderful area, rich with plenty of natural Bushlands, national parks, beaches and great lifestyle possibilities, as well as a wonderful climate.
I live here with my two rescue dogs, and am slowly working on making my little piece of paradise as sustainable as possible. I’ve done a lot of travelling and love meeting new people on their own adventures. I’m looking forward to the possibility of sharing my space and work with interesting humans from near and far.
Apart from straight up ( usually last minute) house and dog sitting, when I’m away on projects, I am looking for help building, setting up and maintaining my garden, and improving the house so there’s more room to share the space with.
When there are house sitting dates available ( see the top of this description for any upcoming dates) it would be best if people could arrive a few days early so there’s a few day’s for me to show the ropes and introduce you to the dogs, show the best places to walk them and help you get settled in.
Having shifted to a vegan diet 10 years ago, for compassionate and environmental reasons, I cook and make as much of my own and the dogs food at home as possible. I have catered and taught the pleasures and treasures of vegan cooking in the past, and love to share that knowledge still. Though I respect each individuals right to eat whatever they choose, my home is my sanctuary and I ask that all who stay with me maintain a cruelty free kitchen.
My house is 10 minutes drive to Morriset, 40 to Newcastle, and 1.5 hours from Sydney. It’s also only 15 minutes walk to the station, for a more leisurely journey to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the central coast to either Newcastle or Sydney.
There is also extensive bushland just minutes away, for riding or walking with the dogs.
I have a bicycle, and a stand up paddle board and (temporarily) a surf board which working guests are welcome to use. There is a good space to park a van inside the gates and have easy access to the house too, if that’s useful. There will be more room when the garden is set up and the garden mulch is where it can do the most good😂
Help in the house
I’m happy to help with English language practice,.
There is an abundance of natural beauty in the area and I enjoy taking guests out to experience and enjoy some of these special places.
I’ve done a lot of travelling and love meeting new people on their own adventures. I’m looking forward to the possibility of sharing my space and work with interesting humans from near and far. I am keen to help teach vegan cooking and nutrition hacks, for home and travel, and also for sustainably feeding the dogs.
There may be opportunities for experiential art tuition, gallery visits and local tours..
When it’s not just house and dog sitting, I would be looking for help with building, setting up and maintaining my small urban garden, with some general cleaning and maintenance work and for help with walking and caring for the dogs when I’m busy on large projects. There may be limited opportunity for help with some art projects depending on timing and location of project. It would be not more than 4 hours work in a day, some days as little as 1 or 2
English, limited German
For house sitting periods the house could accomodate a family, otherwise a private room for a single or couple, with shared bathroom and kitchen.
I’m happy to share cooking, and provide all the food in the vegan kitchen, though house sitters will have to arrange their own meals and fresh produce. As mentioned above I maintain a cruelty free, vegan kitchen in the house, and would ask that workaway guests respect that.
There is a bike to ride, and a stand up paddleboard, by workeaway guests, and space just to chill, if that’s what you prefer. I live a pretty quiet life, when at home. Working, meditating, making art, gardening, cooking and walking the dogs mostly, besides going to the odd arty event stuff. The internet is good here, so I don’t have a TV, preferring to stream online movies or series either on my computer or projected as a little home cinema, or just to read a book.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Average 2-3 hours / with 2 days off