Gerard & Laraine

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  • Travel information

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    Activities we are interested in:

    We are driving over to France early in June for the summer.
    We are mature,skilled and experienced volunteers and housesitters who have been travelling for 7 years

    Our next destination:

    France - from May 2024 until Oct 2024
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  • Description

    We are probably not your typical workawayers, we are a mature married couple who are both 60 + 🥴 we are extremely young at heart, who enjoy the company of all age groups.
    We like to have fun in good company whilst producing good quality work with attention to detail.
    In May 2017 we both quit our jobs, and retired early, this was the start of our adventures, our journey has taken us to 40 countries so far.
    Ged was an award winning construction site manager and spent 30 years in construction starting his working life as a carpenter.
    Ged is a great organiser and natural problem solver and commits 100%
    Thanks to Ged's varied skills we always had an up to date modern home to live in we did all our own carpentry dry walling, ceramic tiling, wall papering, and painting and decorating.
    We were both keen gardeners and spent a lot of our spare time creating and cultivating our lovely landscaped garden which included decking, fountains, terracing, and vegetable plot and raised beds.
    Laraine worked for most of her career in Oxford University as an accommodation officer.
    This involved arranging/organising accommodation for over 400 students living on campus and over 150 students living in Oxford in privately rented properties, the role was akin to being a hotel manager with responsibilities covering all aspects of hotel management.
    Laraine is computer literate and is comfortable with Excel spreadsheets etc, outside of work Laraine is extremely passionate about gardening and getting involved in any home improvement
    Laraine enjoys getting stuck in and does not mind getting dirty she is also a dab hand at a many aspects of building including wall paper stripping, sanding, painting and varnishing we like to work together and have become a very productive partnership.
    We are parents of one son who is an Electrician and adventurer who loves to travel, and has done so extensively he is putting roots down in New Zealand.
    We are animal lovers and in the past have had our own dogs, cats, parrots, chinchillas, Tortoises, and tropical fish, we have our own website showcasing our animal care and housesitting.
    We have provided house and pet sitting for workaway hosts who were taking vacation or away on business, we are always happy to hold the fort, we have been caretakers and looked after hostels, vacation rentals and Airbnb’s
    We are both fit & healthy, (except for carrying a bit too much weight,) we take no medication, we enjoy walking and exploring on foot.
    When we can we like to swim, snorkel and scuba we both have our open water PADI certification, we are both non smokers, we both love good wine and good healthy food.
    We also both possess British and two other international driving licences each
    We plan to keep traveling , meeting nice people, see new sights and add to our adventures
    We have no real plan, we can go anywhere the mood take us, but we want to be active
    We really want to see new sights and experience different culture and immerse ourselves more in the local life and customs, ( wherever it may be) working closer with nature if possible.
    We are both 100% trustworthy and take the greatest care of other people’s property and possessions , we like clean,organised and tidy, and everything in order.
    We have been a host family in Oxford for foreign students and travellers for over 20 years many of our students remain friends to this day.
    We have also both worked in 3 different pub/restaurants for over 10 years and ran and looked after them when the owners took holidays,, we have also managed several Airbnb’s, vacation rentals and a backpackers hostel.
    In the pubs we ran Laraine was cooking in the kitchen and helping out in the bar and Ged was running the bar and cellar, we have always been hardworking and for much of our early working life we both worked 2 jobs
    If you think we can help you in whatever project you are undertaking, regardless of where you are in the world, please get in touch, this may help us make some plans for our travelling, maybe we are destined to meet, who knows ?.
    We are happy to spend anything from 1 week to 1 month or maybe more anywhere in the world, there is no real plan, we are making it up as we go, please do not hesitate to make any sort of suggestion or offer.
    We both thank you in advance for taking the time to read this far , you can also view our web site here
    Laraine & Ged Mahon x

  • Interests

    Self development
    Charity work
    Plant care
    Cooking & food
    DIY & crafts
  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

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  • Skills and knowledge we'd like to share or learn

    We're interested in:  

    Being an elderly companion

    Some knowledge of:  

    Life at a Farmstay
    Eco Projects
    Charity Work

    Able to teach about:  

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Helping around the house
    Animal Care
  • More details about your skills

    We are a friendly mature married couple, carpenter by trade, painter, tiler, dry wall, gardening, most aspects of building and renovation, pool maintenance, problem solver, planner, organiser. computer admin, reception, hotel,office cooking, help with English,
    Reliable, trustworthy and adaptable, PADI scuba qualified.
    We e have undertaken over 25 houses sitting assignments on our travels
    We have our own website for potential hosts.

  • Age

    65 & 64

  • What else ...

    We would like to get involved in projects where we can make a positive contribution, we would like to help out in any type of works or projects and come away with a sense of achievement
    We are looking for a complete change of lifestyle and environment, we are very quick to learn new skills, are up for a challenge and willing to try almost anything.
    We are hoping to have lots of fun as we travel the world.

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies
      No allergies, non smokers, moderate drinkers

    • Special dietary requirements
      We do as our hosts do we adapt to all diets, we each have UK and international driving licence