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Penelope is an alternative therapist - Alexander technique teacher plus, & Julian is a photographer. Penelope is also writing a book and Julian has various projects on, and we need help in the house to give us more time to write / work, and have some much needed down time that is not housework! We enjoy good wholesome vegan food, and have lots of cook books. We have wide ranging interests. We like music, classical, jazz, blues, folk. Penelope does yoga and belly dancing, we enjoy walking in the landscape and exploring the wild places. We are a quiet, meditative household, but enjoy talking, laughing and eating together. We have a 1.5 acre site with panoramic views overlooking Loch Derg and Holy Island. We grow vegetables, some fruit, and have an apple orchard. We have two small dogs and two cats, so animal lovers needed! We have a polytunnel, wild & native flower banks and paths.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
If you are interested, you can learn a lot here about good nutrition, and a holistic approach to health and living. About organic gardening, plants, ecology and organic balance. About alternative therapies, psychology, active meditation and Alexander technique. We have a piano and a guitar which are available for use. We enjoy showing guests the sites, both locally and across Clare to the Burren and the Wild Atlantic Way, to get a feel for the ancient Irish landscape and culture. The house is full of books on many subjects. We speak good English and can help you improve, though a good basic level is needed.
We are looking for help for at least a month, and longer if we are all comfortable together, to take the household tasks off our shoulders. We need someone who is mature, (probably 30 plus), careful, quiet, meditative, and who knows how to run a household. Someone who can cook wholefood vegan meals preferred. We have lots of cookery books. You will be on your own much of the time, and need to be comfortable with that, though we will help out with you at times. All necessary guidance is given, and we get together at meals, or walk together. We need help with cooking, laundry, cleaning, weeding, watering the tunnel, and harvesting of garden produce. If you have a clean driving licence, for a manual (stickshift) car, we may be able to insure you on Penelope's car, for help with shopping also, and to give you more freedom to explore the area.
English, a little french and less German
You will have your own bedroom in the house with en suite toilet and basin, shared bathroom with shower. There is wifi everywhere in the house. Food is prepared in the kitchen and we eat together in the dining room. There are yoga mats.
There are good walks to take from the house, or with short car journeys.
We are a mile from our village, 3 miles from the nearest shops, and there is no public transport, but a splendid roadside path which goes miles, and makes a good running track! There are good local walks by the lake, in ancient forests or up the hills. In the villages there are Irish music sessions (though they are always very late!), yoga and dance classes and other activities that can be joined.
As said above, there is NO public transport across a lot of Ireland, especially in this area and it can be quite remote, it's perfect for someone looking for an escape from city life, but if you're looking for a vibrant social scene this won't be for you.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week