Olá, I am Anir, a happy 66 year-young Dutch woman. I lived for almost 18 years in the lower mountains of Central Portugal together with my animals. There, from 2013, I received many volunteer-guests. Together we did small building jobs, took care of the animals, worked in the gardens and went on short trips together. A great joy!!
Now, it's already two years ago I've moved from the 'campo', from the mountains to a village close to the seaside.
I love Workaway idea, so I moved it with me!
I'm an artist, and in the past I have done a number of projects in the international art community. My deepest wish is to resume my profession full time again. Mountains have been moved since the move, mostly with the help of Workaway volunteers! A small garden has been realized, that only needs now some maintenance. My studio is ready and I am regularly working there. But upstairs there is another room where the last boxes are stored. This room should become a study with bookshelves to be made along one of the walls.
Besides my art, I am fond of gardening, vegetarian cooking, reading creative writing, and taking walks. I speak intermediate-level Portugese and am still learning the language. Sometimes I take trips to the seaside or go to explore interesting locations nearby. I also like visiting local markets. I find these trips to be much more enjoyable together with somebody else. I like to show my guest volunteers the local countryside, historical villages/spots, archaeological sites and other special places in the area. I enjoy working on projects together with my guests. My dog and two cats are very friendly and people say that I'm a good cook!
Help in the house
I would like to take one or more with guests to interesting surrounding locations. The number of trips of course depends on length of stay.
Because of my age / life experience I have a lot to share and enjoy reflection and conversation with guests.
For example: I lived in the low mountains of Central Portugal for a long time, and have I have experience with the local people there. Now that I live here, where the landscape is open and where it is almost always windy, I notice how the different landscapes also affect people and their cultures.
I'm also interested about your life experiences, reflections and insights.
*️️️️️️️️️️️ It would be great to have help with all kinds of small indoor and outdoor work projects. For example, help with furnishing the small patio.
*️ Jointly devising and making the bookshelves and a worksheet
*️️️️️️️️️️️ Some help in the garden always needed; small jobs like weeding and other seasonal gardening.
*️️️️️️️️️ Practical assistance; an extra hand sometimes and some help in the household.
*️️️️️️️️️ Art projects in the future
Dutch, English, a bit Portugees and bit German.
There is a cozy guest room with views over the village and the surrounding fields. It is also possible to use the wi-fi . There is a bathroom, a washing machine is available... And of course we eat meals together. The food will be vegetarian for te most.
Linen and towels provided.
A minimum stay of 10 days is my preference .
I have a car, so I can collect you from Lourinhã or Peniche bus station or the Bombarral train station, for example.
Also important: The village (São Bartolomeu dos Galegos) has a cash machine, some cafes and two small grocery shops. There are pharmacies, a post-office, bakeries, ('pastelaria'), and bigger supermarkets together with other shops in Lourinhã. It is possible to catch a bus to Lourinhã, or together with me in the car.
Lourinhã and the sea side are about 6 km away.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
´4 till 5 hours a day; 4 or 5 days a week. It also depends of the weather.
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