Help with organic gardening, house maintenance and dog walking in lovely Gascony, Pyrenees, France

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a friendly, outgoing English couple in our mid sixties . We have been enjoying the French way of life here in the Midi Pyrenees for over 14 years and have been slowly renovating our charming old Gascony farmhouse alongside developing our organic vegetable garden (potager) and keeping up with our 3 lively dogs!

    We fell in love with our house while holidaying in the area - it is full of character, has a large garden with a small lake and breathtaking views to the Pyrenees mountains. We share it with Benji and Bella our 2 adorable Labradors, Maya, a young box/setter and a number of hens. We are situated outside the village of Escanecrabe, in the Haute Garonne, surrounded by rolling countryside, woodland and farmland. It is a haven of peace and tranquility, with wonderful bird and animal life and plenty of wonderful dog walks. There are pretty villages and interesting towns nearby with weekly markets, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants some of which have live music at the weekends. If you want to visit the city of Toulouse, it is only an hour's drive away as is Spain, just over the mountains.

    We love cooking, eating and sharing good food and wine with friends, as we will with our workaways!
    We enjoy gardening and growing our own vegetables in our potager and fruit in our orchard.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We speak English at home, but both have passable French. We have friendly French and Dutch neighbours to chat to. We love to exchange ideas, skills etc. Tony loves to share his practical knowledge and has been a teacher of modelmaking and special effects for TV, stage and film in Scotland. He is a master of recycling and making useful things out of 'nothing'. Nikki was an actress, singer and teacher of drama and also expressive arts before coming to France. She has also lead workshops and taught relaxation and meditation techniques. We both love to paint, when we have time! We are both good cooks and love nothing better than enjoying good food and conversation with friends on our delightful south facing terrace, watching the sun go down over the mountains and listening to the nightly frogs' chorus on our mare (lake). We love bonfires and barbecues.
    We have a reasonable knowledge of the local bird and wildlife.
    We would hope to both impart what knowledge and experience we have but also learn knew things from our workaways.
    We have really loved meeting people from many different countries and backgrounds through 'workaway' and have very much appreciated these cultural exchanges over the last couple of years.

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for either singles or couples to help generally around the house, look after our animals, walk the dogs etc.; help with the gardening, so some gardening knowledge/experience would be useful. We also need help with some renovation/maintenance work on the house so any building skills/experience would be great too, but not essential.
    We appreciate people who can show initiative as well as be willing to learn new skills.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and reasonable French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a large double bedroom with views of the mountains and separate shower room facilities.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are in a fantastic location for lovers of nature and countryside pursuits, walking, cycling, bird watching, fishing etc. There are some great villages close by with good restaurants and small cafe/bars, some with live music at weekends.

    There are local markets to visit most days. One of our favourites nearby is Boulogne where we enjoy meeting friends for a coffee. There are a couple of bicycles which can be used for recreation. If you have your own transport, great. We can recommend plenty of places to visit. If not we usually take our workawayers out to shop with us to local towns and markets. We have also taken our workaways to evenings with friends, local village repas and get togethers. We always include our workaways in whatever social events are happening during their stay.

    When the sun shines here, which it does a lot, even in winter, we have our meals, including breakfast out on the terrace looking across the garden to the fields and mountains. We love to use the summer kitchen for barbecues with friends and the old bread oven, which Tony re-built outside, for making pizzas.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Around 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Sociable evening on the terrace, keeping warm beside the chiminea.
One of our specialties, curry night on the terrace.
Breakfast in the sun - 1st November!
Maya how she's grown!
A Tony speciality!
And after a good morning's work in the garden, a well deserved lunch on the terrace.
Fantastic day's work from a fantastic workawayer!
Potted cat! Leo!
A bountiful crop of fruit and veg from our garden!
A magical double rainbow! This shows our small lake and through between the palms is our veg. garden, orchard and chicken house.
Our handsome boy Benji in his favourite outlook spot on the terrace steps.
Our Gascony farmhouse
That's us in our kitchen.















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