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Hollenbek
All Year: March to Oktober
Area (ha): 6 ha garde + grasland
Persons: 1 till 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 30253
Country: Germany

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Last Updated: May 31, 2017

We live in a small village (national park "Lauenburgische Seen") in the area which used to be between east and west Germany. Our house completely built with natural materials (wood, clay) and needs some attention from time to time.

In our fruit, vegetable and flower garden we also need some help. We keep two cats, ducks, sheep (a realy old breed), chickens and lots of bees, which spend us some honey. We try to keep the bees in a nature way. Our sheep will go in July to a nature area next to us and will keep the vegitation low for the crains.
Together with two familys, we have the "Guteschafgilde Schaalsee", wich is a kind of cooperative for keeping sheep together,work with their products, make conservation and to keep these 3000 jears old race. So you could learn to worke with the sheep, to give milk to our bouttlelamb, about the wool, spinning, colouring it.

Further we try to make the garden as a home to a diversity of animals and plants and get our own food from it. We love th show this to people and to inspire them.

What to expect when you come to stay with us:
we would like you to help us 4 hours a day in exchange for food and stay. Your work would be mainly in the garden, with the animals (if you like you can learn something about bees kept in a nature way), and occasionally some painting, working with clay or cleaning in the house, may be helping with the computer. We like you to take part in our landlive and to be a member of our "family". If you like, you can learn spinning and coulering the wool.
Between march and mai we need help with our sheep, geting their lambs. It would be so nice to have somebody, going often to them and waching, if some sheep behaves strainght- meens next hour somebody new is coming to the earth. We try to educate two padagogik sheep for work with childen.
We make our own hey and haver and roots for the sheep are growing in a field. So we get a circle.
Just in May and June, we need somebody waching our beehouses. We keep them in a natural way. So we are dependend of noticing if they are swarming out, looking for a new home. We are experimenting with book scorpions against the varroa mite. So we built special bee hives of rye straw. You could learn with us during the season.
Outdoor activities: swimming (in lots of clean lakes), canooing, walking, riding, bicycling, travelling on a very special vehicle on rails:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdmStQak5b0
and of course you can join our place.
We have a bicycle for you, if you like.

Our home stays open to travellers, people in search a quiet place, making musik, shareing idears, enjoying nature.We like to have an open house and meet people with different ideas, of different cultures,...

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