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Dunfermline
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Area (ha):
Persons: 1
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 39557
Country: Scotland

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Last Updated: October 6, 2017

UPDATE: The next space will be from October onwards. I regret that I am unable to host more than one HelpXer at a time unless you make a compelling case!

I am a professional photographer living in a (single-storey) cottage in the early 19th century conservation village of Charlestown built for lime workers by the Earl of Elgin on the banks of the River Forth. It is a friendly but quiet place, as is my home. (If you are a party animal, this is not the HelpX for you!) NON SMOKERS ONLY, please.

Jobs for an active, easy-going multi-tasker would include:
sanding and painting interior and exterior
window frames
dog walking
joinery
gardening - I would prefer someone with interest and experience in gardening, plants and vegetables. Weeding and general garden maintenance is always required.

Painting (and sanding down) is an important task: the inside and outside of the conservatory and exterior of a couple of sheds and fencing.

In addition, my HelpXers need to be happy to help with cooking and cleaning and to do general maintenance gardening: branch-lopping, pond clearing etc. I have a few raised beds for vegetables in my small-ish garden.

In return I can offer you a comfortable bedroom, shared cosy living room heated (as weather dictates) by a wood-burning stove and bright conservatory in my two-bathroom house. There is no television but wifi is usually available although the signal is not always reliable.

I can also give photographic advice/opinion/ encouragement and perhaps help you with a portfolio of work. I have taught English in Japan and I studied languages at university so can help anyone wishing to improve their English.

Shared cooking of mainly vegetarian food is the norm (although it is fine if you wish to prepare meat in the kitchen). I have a local baker friend so there will be excellent bread on offer! You will be expected to contribute some items to the larder, please.

Charlestown lies along the river shore within sight of the iconic iron-red Forth Rail Bridge and the newly-opened Queensferry Crossing three miles to the east. The Trossach hills and the Highlands with all their serious hill walking opportunities lie to the north. The village is 40 mins by car from Edinburgh (with its world-standard art galleries, museums, theatres and live music venues) and 50 mins from Glasgow. Going by bus takes longer as you take a bus to Dunfermline 4 miles north and then link to the main bus network. Alternatively there is Inverkeithing train station 3 miles from Charlestown although the bus links between the two are infrequent. I have a basic road bicycle which could be conscripted for local journeys. Dumfermline has an new arts centre, the Fire Station Creative which offers arts, yoga and Pilates classes as well as art exhibitions and weekend live music.

There are river-line walks skirting the small beaches and harbours in Charlestown and close-neighbouring Limekilns village as well as plenty of tracks across farm- and woodland. Charlestown has a lime centre running courses in traditional lime mortaring techniques, a village shop and post office and the Elgin Hotel. In Limekilns, there is a cafe, two pubs, a bistro and a gift shop as well as excellent tea and cakes on a Wednesday afternoon in the church hall!

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