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Help us around the garden in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

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Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    From the beginning of November we will need help putting the garden to bed for winter. Raking leaves, cutting down perennials, mulching and generally tidying up the garden for winter.
    Depending on what stage Matthew’s project is at, he may need help on his expandable, off grid tiny home - the microhaven - being built on a trailer. The perfect project for a retired architect.
    There are lots of other projects - mainly fixing and maintaining - like staining outside woodwork and painting doors, depending on the weather.

    We are in our mid 70’s, and are very active. We wrestle with our beast of a beautiful garden all summer, and we need help getting it ready for next year.

    We live on a ½ acre just outside of a small town (pop 35,000). Our workaways are welcome to enjoy our hot tub and bikes.

    We prefer to host a couple but the right single can be awesome.
    Non-smokers are also an essential requirements - we are reformed smokers, therefore very sensitive to any hint of smoke in our home.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    General information about us:
    Matthew is a retired architect who takes a very hands on approach to life, Jane is an experienced gardener with her own style. She loves to cook too. Workaways become a part of our extended collective community. We tend to have quite a few dinners with friends and family to which you would always be invited.
    We like to live well, to enjoy the good things in life, but keep to an economic budget, so we can also have money to travel! We would like to share some of these ideas and our lifestyle.
    Jane speaks French and a little Spanish and was an English major, so is happy to correct and help understand grammar and language. She loves to cook so there are lots of chances to learn, from the basics to fancy.
    We feel it takes only a little more effort to make life more special or attractive, and we enjoy passing these ideas along.

  • Help

    Help

    Since this is a room only position we only require 15 hours work per week.
    There are lots of projects - started, halfway through and ready to start! The garden is a perpetual job.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Our eclectic house is set on a half acre of landscaped gardens. It is a rural property a 10 minute walk into town..
    You would live in a one bedroom apartment on the ground floor of our home.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    TRANSPORT FROM VANCOUVER - E-BUS () RUNS TO WEST KELOWNA FROM VANCOUVER. WE WILL PICK YOU UP IN WEST KELOWNA
    Greyhound no longer runs in Canada. Penticton also has an airport with direct, but expensive, flights from/to Calgary and Vancouver.

    This is a good area to walk, hike, kayak and bike, and an excellent climbing area at Skaha Bluffs, in addition to the lake and vineyards that make this area so special. We are close to a rail trail -KVR - good to hike or bike - or even snow shoe!.
    There are bikes available for your use if you would like. We are out of town a bit, but it is a very easy walk or bike to downtown.
    Apex is nearby. It is a great ski hill and in summer all the runs become awesome mountain biking and hiking trails. In ski season there challenging runs, cross-country and snow-shoeing trails.
    Skaha Bluffs are an exceptional climbing area, plus there is a climbing wall in town for inclement days!

  • 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

    We have excellent wifi and a co-work space available with desks, printers, scanners etc.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    15/week or less

Host ref number: 877912217891

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