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I am a passionate gardener and I live in an characterful old house with interesting outbuildings and a mature garden, 1 acre, with a big variety of native, ornamental and tropical plants, all growing freely together. It is a place place with lots of different corners, with mature trees. This is a beautiful, idyllic, quiet place in Co Mayo where you can enjoy switching off from busy 'normal life'- a place with plenty jobs to do but also a place with plenty seats to observe and ponder. The interaction between people and plants with respect for plants, wildlife and people is essential for me while working and playing in the garden. This means that I grow mainly organically. I am developing this place at the moment to be able to organise slow holidays. I have also a studio where I have often some sort of creative project on the go.
Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendreJardinageBricolage et projets de constructionAide à la maisonEntretien généralAide informatique / avec Internet
Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre
You will be able to learn about simple country life. Plenty opportunity to practise your spoken English, but I do also speak French and Dutch. I have done several volunteer projects abroad over the years, I am now looking forward to the experience of being a host. I love hearing about different lives and cultures and look forward to new stories and opinions, and appreciate open minded people. And new ideas about possibilities here are welcome.
I am specially looking for someone who can help me with finishing converting part of the studio into an apartment. At the moment I'm starting on a partition wall in a shed using a variety of reclaimed wood. This project would particularly suit someone with some carpentry experience and creative ideas.
As it is an old house, there is also always general tasks to be done too, such as painting and repair of buildings and structures in the garden. Often there is work in the garden, such as weeding, pruning and planting, although some good knowledge of gardening would be needed for most of the jobs there.
The bedroom in the apartment I am converting is ready so you can stay there, which gives you a good bit of privacy. We will have dinners and lunch together- I love food, I prepare mostly 'slow food', inspired by international cuisine. I do eat meat.
I am a Dutch woman in my fifties, have lived in Ireland for 35 years. I live here on my own at the moment with just two cats. I live a quiet life myself, enjoy my evenings at home but can show some of the country or go for walks together as there are plenty varied hiking possibilities. This place is most suitable for someone who likes to work and spend time together but is also able to spend time independently. There are villages nearby but public transport is not great at all. There is space in the studio for those who would like to spend free time working on their own creative project.
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