Free-spirited disabled family living in the Scottish mountains. Crafts, sci-fi and some crazy pets


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    I live with my two children (girls aged 9 and 11) and two cats. We live in the rural village of Dalmally Argyll in a bungalow with amazing views of the surrounding countryside. I travel quite a bit for work, and am always either packing or unpacking a suitcase! We live in a vibrant community, which is also the home of Mary's Meals and there are always projects underway such as in the community garden that you could volunteer at.

    I have a a chronic health condition that affects my joints and I get very badly fatigued. Unfortunately it's genetic, so at times my two daughters can be quite ill too. It makes it hard to work full time and look after the girls and still do housework as well, and this is the main reason I'm looking for a female work away guest. This is not a taxing job, really it's just normal family life, we have decent internet, games consoles and fancy TV services and this would suit someone who is still studying or someone who has art projects / online work that they need time to do. Mainly it's just being on hand if I have a bad day, helping with chores I can't do myself and taking part in family activities. We are always happy to take people sightseeing, there are some amazing standing stones nearby, ruined castles, and of course Glencoe / Fortwilliam and the Harry Potter steam train are all within an easy travelling distance.

    I'm looking for help with the garden, tidying the house, help cooking meals and clear up, occasional baby sitting and house sitting for when I'm travelling.

    We are quite an alternative and artistic / musical household, we play a lot of board games, card games, watch sci-fi movies and play computer games, and we like to go visit places around Scotland, weather permitting.

    I have a cleaner visit once a week so chores like cleaning bathroom and kitchen and changing beds are already taken care of.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Scottish music, crochet, quilting, English language, research writing and publishing. I have a lot of craft materials, so if you were interested in these, I would supply all materials and resources. Large library of music and craft books which are available for your use. Also you are free to complete your own work and studies during the day when the kids are at school. We have premier TV services, games consoles, and easy access to some of the most beautiful places in Scotland

    There are several other artisan crafters nearby so things like felting, weaving, spinning and a lot more are all accessible, but if its with someone else you would have to pay materials and lessons of course.

    We also live within walking distance of Craig Lodge, a wonderful and welcoming Catholic prayer centre. We aren't very regular visitors, but it is a lovely place if you're that way inclined. Lots of events and mass throughout the week.

  • Help


    I'm looking for a female traveler that's able to help around the house and with gardening. This would include taking a share of the cooking and tidying of the house, help with craft projects or community events, care of the two cats if I'm not here. We have a weekly cleaner, so things like cleaning the bathroom and kitchen are already taken care of. We like meeting people from different places, so would love to try your cooking as well as share some of the local Scottish ones.

    Other jobs could including organizing children's clothes, holiday decorating, grocery shopping, meal planning, vacuuming etc.

    I am chronically untidy, I just have too much stuff, too many books, too much yarn and far too much painting supplies, so helping with organisation, or just helping me to use up some of the art supplies if you like painting etc would be good :)

    This year I'm hoping to do some work in the garden, I am however clueless, this could be general tidying, installing a composting bin and teaching the children how to use it, creating raised planters or growing veg.

    I'm a really easy going person, if you're sick and can't do anything for a few days that's fine, I'll make sure you're comfortable and bring you hot drinks :) There are only a few things that really truly annoy me, please don't come here and tell me about whatever miracle cure you've discovered that will magically make my genetic disease go away, or about the evils of a particular food. We can accommodate vegan and gluten free diets, but there will be meat in the house on occasion

    There is a lot of free time during the day, and at weekends and you are welcome to join us on any family outings. There are some longer sightseeing trips that require a lot of driving, happy to take you but, a share towards the cost of the fuel on those trips would be appreciated, and you have to be aware that if I'm ill, we can't go.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, a little French and a very little Gaelic

  • Accommodation


    Room with a single bed - all to yourself but it does have an external door so deliveries and things may wake you up if you're a late sleeper!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Argyll is an amazing place, there are lots of outdoor activities close to hand, if you like cycling, please bring a bike, you won't be disappointed! There are local water sport opportunities, and easy access to hiking trails such as the West Highland Way and the Ben Nevis range. The train station is nearby and you can easily get to Glasgow and Oban, good bus service to other cities. you would have every other weekend free as well as a lot of free time during the week.

    There are some spectacular opportunities for people interested in photography, with several nearby ruined castles, and the beautiful Glencoe

    This is a remote place, there are no McDonald's, nightclubs, designer clothing stores nearby. If you want to do this you will need to go to the nearest city and stay over night, but generally if that's what you're looking for this is not the place for you!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    max 25 hours/week- a few hours every day, occasional weekends for childcare if I'm working

some of the crafts that I can teach

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