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Carrick On Shannon
All Year: Mar-Oct
Area (ha): 0.4
Persons: 1
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 48029
Country: Ireland

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Last Updated: June 13, 2017

Interest Keywords: Horticulture; Kitchen Garden; Natural Building.


Description
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My home is a traditional Irish stone cottage sited on an acre in a peaceful area surrounded by fields and hedgrows that are filled with wonderful mature native trees. The hourly chimes of the nearby church can be heard while sitting in the garden.

The cottage itself is around 300 years old and full of history with a number of my neighbours having lived or even been born in this cottage. It has been renovated and extended to include central heating, a modern bathroom (with separate shower and bath) and good sized kitchen.

Outdoors the garden is varied and beautiful and really comes alive in spring and summer with vibrant tree colour and diverse native birdlife. I am a FETAC qualified horticulturalist and have an extensive vegetable garden and polytunnel, so guests will not only be able to see and learn about food grown in the Irish climate, but also be able to eat fresh organically grown potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet corn, salads, apples, berries and much more - all grown naturally without chemicals. I also keep six beautiful chickens and guests would be welcome to eat true free range eggs.

The photos below show the garden and the guest bedroom and sitting room. Please see this link for pictures of the garden in 2016:
http://tinyurl.com/h54plh4

This link for 2015 pics: http://tinyurl.com/hlwp8ac

NOTE: I prefer helpers who want to learn/share knowledge about horticulture, permaculture, natural building, forest gardening, nature connection, craft, or have an interest in the projects that I'm doing.

As a side note, if you are interested in natural building, I am in the process of building a woodland shelter/roundhouse. If you'd be interested in helping with this please let me know in your application. I am currently in the design phase of the build and am looking to start building in July sometime. This will start with the foundations and frame. It will be timber frame. The build location is an hour journey from my house, so I only travel there on my days off work, which are Wednesday and weekends. So the cabin building would only be part of the work that you could do here and would suit a longer term stay if you want to see the build develop.

Accommodation
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You'll have 3 rooms to yourself, your own living room and bedroom with it's own entrance room. There's plenty of space here. Kitchen and bathroom are shared, but there is room for you to make your own kitchen/food prep area if you want to.

Food
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I eat mostly from my what my garden seasonally provides, which means I eat fresh vegetables for almost all meals. I don't have or need a fridge. I rarely buy things like bread, milk, pasta, canned food, etc mainly because I find the garden provides all my needs but also because buying these products creates waste packaging. I ferment some vegetables and occasionally make bread, small cakes or probiotic yoghurt.

I would prefer helpers to eat from the garden, but you are welcome to buy for yourself anything that I don't have.

Location
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I live five miles from the vibrant tourist town of Carrick-On-Shannon which is on the Leitrim/Roscommon border. The town has many varied shops, cafes and excellent restaurants serving award winning contemporary Irish cuisine. It also has a library, arts/theatre centre, multiplex cinema and the sports/recreation centre.

Carrick-On-Shannon has a train station that links directly with Dublin and the coastal town of Sligo. Buses to Dublin and Sligo also pass through daily.


Help
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I mainly need help with garden maintenance. But I'd also like to do the following projects.

* Vegetable and garden maintenance, potting, tidying, watering.
* Will need to collect/process some firewood at some point!
* Create a pondside nature garden and wildlife area
* Creating clover borders for the lawn to give forage for pollinators and insects
* Planting up a cottage side raised bed with flowering plants and shrubs
* Create an awesome insect hotel/habitat


In exchange for help I am happy to share my home grown food, board and knowledge of vegetable gardening should helpxers wish to learn about growing in a cool temperate climate.


About Me
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I moved to Ireland from the UK 5 years ago to start a kitchen garden, grow my own food and connect with other wellminded people. I'm 39 and passionate about woodlands, nature connection, soulcraft and dreamwork! I share my house with a cat and a family of sparrows. The garden is a playground for me and the birds.

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