Cheerful, reliable and enthusiastic dog-lovers welcome!
We are Charlie and Joanna and we live in the countryside near to Cambridge. Our 2 daughters after time spent travelling (and volunteering) are now living in London (one of them recently returned from studying in Japan), so our household usually consists of two people and a large dog (friendly, bouncy and always pleased to meet new people) I also often have other dogs to stay too, so you need to be relaxed and happy around dogs. We go for long walks with the dogs every day so there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the countryside.
I enjoy cooking and I am happy to show you how to make some traditional British recipes (although we eat food inspired by worldwide cuisines) and we also welcome learning new dishes from our volunteers.
We have been hosting volunteers for over eight years now (positive reviews on another site) and thoroughly enjoy getting to know new people and share our way of life.
Both our daughters have enjoyed being Workaway volunteers in Portugal, Australia and New Zealand and their experiences have given us a greater insight.
When you first contact me, please let me know what it is that you has attracted you to this placement and what it is that you can bring to the experience. Please also tell me whether you’re comfortable with dogs and whether you have any specific dietary requirements.
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We live close to Cambridge and I often take volunteers to visit other local places of interest such as Ely and Bury St Edmunds. We sometimes go out to local pubs.
We live in the countryside and I enjoy foraging for edible foodstuffs - depending on the season these may be elderflowers, blackberries and other fruits, fungi etc. I enjoy cooking and preserving and I am happy to share this interest and my experience with you.
We enjoy nature and wildlife and can teach you a little about local birds, wild animals (which include lots of roe deer which we see most days on our walks) and plant life such as the names of native trees and wild flowers.
We lead a fairly quiet life, but enjoy travelling (our last trip was to the Greek islands and before that a fabulous 3 weeks in Japan) and always enjoy chatting and sharing our travellers tales.
We are happy to help you develop your spoken English - we always enjoy chatting and in the process can explain matters of grammar, pronunciation, context etc. but we are not qualified teachers.
We require help with a range of tasks around the house and garden - these may include sanding, painting, carpentry, general housework and gardening.
All activities are interspersed with frequent tea and coffee breaks, delicious meals and occasional trips out to shops etc. There are also daily opportunities to accompany me on dog walks.
Visitors generally work alongside and help me with day to day tasks of keeping the house clean and tidy, general maintenance, basic gardening etc. There are also opportunities to work alongside my husband on diy projects.
If you have any specific skills you will be especially welcome to share them with us.
We would like to tidy up/landscape the garden so experience and imagination here would be helpful. Routine tasks include weeding, hedge trimming and lawn mowing.
Other tasks will vary according to the season, for example picking apples in the autumn, sowing seeds in the spring or wrapping presents in December!
You will live as part of our family. We offer a comfortable room which can be made up with a single bed, twin beds or a large double bed, depending on who is staying. There is an en suite shower and toilet.
We eat our meals together, breakfast is cereal/toast, lunch a light meal such as soup/sandwiches and we eat our main meal together in the evening. We eat meat, but I am happy to cater for vegetarians.(Both our daughters are vegan) Please let me know about any dietary needs or preferences when you first contact me . We enjoy sampling foods from other countries so you will always be welcome to share your favourite dishes with us and assist in daily meal preparation.
We expect people to participate as family members, helping prepare and clear up after meals, laying the table, generally keeping the house clean and tidy, not disappearing to their room and emerging only as the food is served.
We can only accommodate non-smokers.
We will occasionally offer you a beer or glass of wine but if you wish to drink more than a couple of drinks each week we ask you to purchase your own as alcohol can prove expensive! Equally, we are not the right place if you are alcohol dependent or wish to consume large quantities.
We are close to Cambridge and I can meet you there if you travel by train or coach.
Our nearest station is Cambridge North and this is where I will meet you if you arrive by train.
Cambridge is just an hour by train from London, 30 minutes from Stansted airport. We live 5 minutes walk from the bus stop, where there are buses every hour to Cambridge, Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds.
We have bikes available for you to explore locally and there are lots of good walks nearby. There is a swimming pool and gym two miles away. Cambridge itself has many attractions, whether you enjoy museums, arts, shopping, eating or simply wandering and absorbing the atmosphere.
We are close to Anglesey Abbey, a National Trust property with a small but interesting house, extensive gardens and a watermill. Wicken Fen, the first nature reserve to come under National Trust ownership is about 8 miles away - great if you like birdwatching or want to see what the local landscape looked like before the fens were drained.
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You can park on our front drive - room for a normal sized campervan, not a vast motorhome! The road is quiet and a large hedge affords some privacy.
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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