Nr. Knighton, UK
All Year: Spring Summer Fall Winter
Area (ha): 4 acres ( 1.6 hectares)
Persons: Single/Twin / Double
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 3244
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Last Updated: November 30, 2013
[We're taking a break from hosting over next month (December). If you've contacted us recently, please look in your inbox for full details.Thanks.]
**** We are always keen to share skills, knowledge, understanding, ideas, experience,
good food, great scenery, laughter and thoughts with fellow optimistic, happy forward-thinkers - is that YOU?
This is a 'Project House'. Friends develop their own personal projects with us and wonderfully helpful volunteers help and support our projects. (*See examples on list below)
Accommodation is in a traditional 17C Welsh Long Farmhouse with inglenook / open fires / set on a hillside overlooking a small village. It's peaceful; surrounded by fields, trees, sheep and clean air. Great area for walking, riding, thinking, singing, planning dreams, camping, meditation, music, writing, painting and cycling.
Contact us by email so we can read through your profile and get to know your aims and interests. After exchanging contact details, it's useful to have a chat with you over the 'phone to say hello and discuss what sort of projects we'll be tackling when you are here (See FAQ's below for examples)
PLEASE NOTE It helps to know what you would like to gain from coming over here and helping us so when you email, please let us know the reason/s you are drawn to the HoBB. If you mass mail us then you will have an initial acknowledgment asking why you specifically feel The HoBB might be for you.
Enjoy your travels and if you are over this way, drop in.
An ongoing big THANK YOU to all HelpXers who continue to support our project making it an ever better place for special individuals.
Grant and Helen
Help Exchange Host 2007 - 2013
Wwoof Host 2005 - 2012
CouchSurfing Host 2008 - 2013
* There is Wifi connection so you can keep in touch with family/friends so long as you bring your own comp/ Mb/ ipod etc
* Bring a comfortable pair of working gloves with you and sturdy waterproof footwear.
* The HoBB is a non smoking place.
* When emailing us, please include a short description of yourself, your interests and skills. We always give preference to those sending their background info. Thank you.
* NOTES / FAQ's
The most often asked question from HelpX (and Wwoof) members is " What sort of projects will I be tackling?"
> Each day, each week, we start, continue and complete projects. A few projects are ongoing.
Whilst there is no set timetable of projects here, one Wwoofer who woofed here through last Summer wrote out a list she tackled and her list is fairly typical of the sort of activities:
* Reviewed designs for the HoBB's new Hydroponics Unit
* Constructed a small retaining stone wall around the base of the Robin Hill Bird Table and fixed the table slats so they stop drooping in wet weather.
* Helped with some of the charity's paperwork one morning when it was too wet outside.
* Designed and constructed a Kitchen Composting box
* Planted out last year plant cuttings including the first silver birch on the Central Path between Hay Bod and Yule Fir
* Landscaped around the Oak Spring
* Brainstormed a plan for a app of community paths following a nature and sculpt trail up a nearby castle mound.
* Started the build of an outdoor pizza and bread oven
* Replaced hinges on letter box by Holly Gate
* Took 200 cuttings of box plant and potted them up.
* Walked up onto the Beacon and Knucklas Castle Mound
* Mixed sand/cement and did mortaring for water tank and grey water system.
* Cleared out dead undergrowth alongside the Wood Bod on the Geas Path
* Weaved living willow trees to enlarge the Nest on the Circle and Ygdrasil Path.
* Pruned hedgeline along the Kelpie Path at Ylem
* Moved pile of weeds and made compost tea.
* Re-made some wood steps alongside spring.
* Planted vegetable seeds and potatoes.
* Cooked bread outside, washed up etc.
* Lit first paper fire in the blacksmith forge to dry out fire bricks.
* Helped to design a Japanese Kudo cooking range
* Raked out leaves from brook and cleared banks
* Cleared large stones and constructed a new compacted earth tyre gabion retaining wall.
* Helped with the weekly shopping.
* Painted the tree carvings in the Bod Gallery
* Dug holes for new fence posts
* Created model of a Traditional Radnorshire Elf house to be used in HoBB storytelling courses.
* Visited W.H. Smith book museum in Newtown and unexpectedly stumbled across a Monet in Newtown modern art gallery.
* Clipped topiary
* Circled the floodlit Ludlow castle
* Cut grass and tidied paths.
* Watered vegetables.
* Explored Ludlow Town festival
* Carved hypertuffa (Concrete and compost mix)
* Cleared fields of nettles and thistles for drying. Made some nettle tea.
* Made a brushwood gabion wildlife habitat and a birdboxe.
* Dug out a soil bank and drainage ditch
* Planted shrubs
* Sieved earth
* Wrote and uploaded a story online
* Designed a garden water feature
* Sorted out and labelled the HoBB resource bod contents
* Planted new willow arch.
(We hope this list is of general interest to both HelpX and Wwoof members)
There's an 'energy' here you will enjoy that's invigorating and hopefully enlightening.
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