Gail & Randy

From: Canada

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    Account Type

    Couple account

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    Travelling to

    Cambodia, Canada, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, United States, Vietnam

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    Travel dates

    21/08/2018 - 02/12/2019

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    277

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  • Description

    *️*️*️ We love hearing from prospective workaway hosts, but ask that you read below to see where we plan to be and when we have availability. Thanks!

    Randy and I retired several years ago, sold our acreage home, and have spent the past two years house and pet sitting while traveling in Europe, Central America and North America. We have taken this time to explore various cultures and countries, learn about other people and ourselves, and realize that we love a simple life style. (For your information, we are including a link to our house-sitting website: https://gailrandy.wordpress.com )
    Although we are still in the house-sitting/traveling mode, we have begun thinking about when we do decide to settle down again. In our future (grown-up?) lives, we have visions of building a home with natural materials (straw, cob, rammed earth), living mainly off-grid, having composting toilets and grey water systems, and being somewhat self-sufficient. We, alternatively, are playing with the idea of renovating an older home in some neat, eclectic neighbourhood. Our dilemma is that we don't know if these are pipe dreams or possible realities. We hope to use workaway as a means of being exposed to these skills and ideas, learning and sharing with others engaged in their own projects.

  • Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Language practice

  • What skills do you have?

    We have extensive gardening experience, have raised chickens and turkeys, and have some experience with building. Randy has plastered, logged, poured concrete, laid asphalt, built rock walls, helped an electrician and worked with a furniture maker and refinisher. Gail has done some dry-walling and mudding (not her favourite job), done interior and exterior painting, wall-papering, and helped with laying flooring. In our recent Baja workaway, we both did rock facing on a tall gatepost; Randy created a stone walkway around the casita; we helped cutting and laying tile, as well as painting and cleanup work. Our most recent workaway experience was building an outdoor kitchen - from planning to calculating materials to construction; we loved every minute of this project! We also added an extension to a deck and did some indoor trim and molding work.
    We both enjoy cooking, are very good cooks, and would be open to sharing some of this task; however, we would not want this to be our main job.
    Our building and renovating skills are growing, and we love to learn new ones. We are energetic, hard-working, optimistic and very willing to learn from and with others.

  • Languages spoken

    English, French, some Spanish

  • Age

    65 & 63

  • Nationality

    Canadian, Canadian and American (Randy)

  • What else ...

    We would enjoy finding a workaway which would allow us to gain experience in natural building, especially cob, or in renovating/building from late August to mid-September (in western Canada or US). While we do have extensive gardening experience and would not mind this as part of our experience with you, we do not want it to be the main part of our work.
    We will be in SE Asia from late November and would enjoy hearing from people looking for help in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. We are especially interested in natural building, but would consider other types of work depending on location.
    Thank-you for getting in touch!

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies
      No

    • Special dietary requirements
      No

Photos

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Gardening is something Gail has always enjoyed - whether it is caring for perennials, annuals or a vegetable garden.
This is the deck extension we (mainly Randy) built in Duncan, BC.
Here, Randy is gluing together one of the drawers he made while working with the cabinet maker. (The facings are also his work.)
After a full day of working, we are both filthy but smiling.
While in Baja, Randy built this stone walkway/patio area around the casita; several tons of rock and gravel moved by hand, sand sifted and ground levelled to create a forty foot long area.
One of Gail's jobs in Baja was painting the trim on the casita.
We both worked laying the tile in the casita; Randy also did much of the cutting and grouting while Gail had the chore of scouring the final product to remove residual grout.
The final 'layer' of the eight foot gate post facing.
Our signature project in Baja was doing the rock facing on this gatepost. We loved the creativity of this upside-down, inside-out jigsaw puzzle.
Randy learned to make rebates for this joist on the outdoor kitchen - a technique allowing for better support and a more beautiful design.
Gail became much more familiar and comfortable with the use of power saws during the outdoor kitchen project.
This is the end photo of the outdoor kitchen we made on Vancouver Island. The owners had a cement pad, three recycled windows and an idea; they gave us carte blanche and this is what we came up with. We loved every moment of the project.

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