Peter & Elaine

From: United Kingdom

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    Account Type

    Couple account

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    Travelling to

    United Kingdom

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    Travel dates

    01/07/2019 - 01/07/2020

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    Nº of Facebook friends

    209

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    Explorer
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  • Description

    7 years ago now, we decided to escape from the conventional life of endlessly working to buy a nice house and car and lifestyle that we realised we didn't really want anyway. We sold our house and nearly all our possessions and decided to go travelling in a motorhome (It was supposed to be a sailing yacht, but that's another story).
    We've spent the last few years driving around quite a bit of Europe and beyond. We’ve been as far East as the Black Sea and as far South as The Sahara in Morocco. To say this experience has broadened our horizons is an understatement! It has been interesting; challenging at times, and left us hungry for more. We do however feel that we often struggle to understand the local way of life and have little opportunity to get to know anyone. Joining Workaway has much improved this and we have enjoyed the endless and varied opportunities it can provide. We’ve done painting, pointing, bathroom rebuilding, bottle window building, mud plastering, established vegetable gardens, looked after goats, chickens, donkeys and cats. We've helped to build a ‘Super-Adobe’ house, planted and harvested for an organic veg box scheme, tried and attempted to cook a variety of new recipes, built compost loos and solar showers and even attempted to learn some French with a bunch of Belgians in Portugal. We’ve also spent some time as campsite wardens and house-sitters.
    We are probably on the introvert end of the spectrum. We like a meal and a chat with a small number of people rather than a noisy party. We are happier in the natural world than in the city. Peter has skills in most aspects of the building trade including plumbing and electrics. Elaine has recently been rediscovering her love of gardening and vegetable growing. Neither of us are as fit and agile as we'd like to be but hopefully maturity and sincerity make up for that. We are particularly interested in learning more about permaculture and natural building techniques.
    There are so many cultures and people we haven't met, experiences we haven't had... let's bring it on!

  • Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work

  • What skills do you have?

    Building maintenance - cleaning, painting, general maintenance, plumbing, electrics. Administration and customer care. Gardening. Driving, Cooking.

  • Languages spoken

    English

  • Age

    50 & 51

  • Nationality

    British

  • What else ...

    Our motorhome is 3.5t weight. It is just over 6m long, 2.4m wide and 3.4m high. We will need a safe and level place to park it when we are visiting you and obviously your access road needs to be suitable. Dependent on circumstances we are often happy to stay in it.
    If you have concerns / queries about this, please ask.

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies
      Some pollen (hayfever)

    • Special dietary requirements

Photos

Elaine is happiest in the garden
Pisé floor relayed by us
Bringing goats home for the night with Bessie the dog.
Repairing water pipes, with a little help from the 'ladies'.
Super-Adobe: Fixing barbedwire
Super-adobe: Tamping the adobe mix!
Enjoying the harvest!
Peter's penthouse compost toilet!
Preparing the main veg field!
To make a window....
Mix sand, clay and donkey poo!
Recycling bottles!
Travelling - Exploring Dades Gorge, Morocco.

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