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Newark, Notts
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 2-3
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 20796
Country: England

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Last Updated: March 22, 2019

Hello, we are Jane and Dave. We live in a small village in rural Lincolnshire in the East of England where we keep bees, chickens and pigs (pigs only during May-November) and a lovely cat, and grow fruit and vegetables in our large garden.

Weve travelled a lot ourselves, so its great to welcome people from around the world into our own home. We get the benefit of all the help with the animals, the garden and our various projects and enjoy the company of so many interesting people.

For 2019 we still have some space in July, August and October. This is a home stay, you live as part of the family, and it is really important for us to know that we will all get on well together. Part of living as a family involves helping with ordinary household chores in addition to the 'work' that you do - simple things like washing up, hanging out the laundry, helping with cooking - whatever needs to be done. It works best for us when people just slot in and take their share in anything that needs to be done. We'll always make sure that you have enough free time to do whatever you want to do.

Work usually includes caring for chickens and pigs and helping in the garden with the vegetable plots and anything else that needs doing. There are always plenty of projects to be getting on with, so when you reply please let us know which you would be interested in and why you have the skills for it.

2) Sanding, staining and mending the chicken fences.

3) Cleaning and rebuilding our beehives. We lost our bees this winter. It is the first time we have been without any bees and we need to restock in May. So this job is to clean out all the frames and put together one or two hives. It is a job that can be learned, no prior skill needed.

4) Rebuilding the brick retaining walls around our herb beds. The walls were build 25 years ago and weathering has meant that they are now falling apart. This is a skill which can be learnt by a competent person. It can be done anytime this year after May.

5) Clearing and tidying the workshop. The last time this was properly done was about 3 years ago and it badly needs doing again. No particular skill needed other than a common sense understanding of how to sort out tools and numerous nails, screws, pots of paint, etc. This can be done at any time.

6) Re-painting the garage door. The door needs cleaning and repainting. No prior skill needed, just lots of common sense and an understanding of painting. This can be done at any time after May.

7) House cleaning. We ask all our volunteers to play their part in keeping the house clean but from time to time it's great to have someone who really enjoys cleaning and tidying and wants to spend a week or two doing just that and deep cleaning the house. This can be done at any time but it does need someone who enjoys and understands cleaning!

8) Sanding and staining some internal doors. This can be done at any time. This is a skill which can be learnt by a competent person.

9) Building an outdoor Pizza Oven - this is a project that someone would need to research and demonstrate to us that they really knew what they were doing. it's the sort of 'luxury' project that can be done at any time if someone has the skill to do it!

10) Giving us some time off! If you are a family or a couple with your own transport who can spend 4-5 weeks here, we would love to take 2 weeks away on holiday and leave you in charge. This can be at any time of the year but you should be super competent people, happy to take responsibility for the garden, house and animals.

If you think you'd be able to help with any of the above, let us know, and tell us what experience you have already. If you have a special skill or interest let us know that.

You'll have your own room and use of a shared bathroom with any other volunteers who are here. All food is provided, generally you will make your own breakfast and lunch and then we all eat together in the evening. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen working and talking, and you are welcome to use the sitting room in the evenings to watch television, play chess, play the guitar, play cards, read or relax.

In return for your great help and company we enjoy taking our helpers out and about at weekends if you would like to see more of the area. We could go walking in the beautiful Peak District, visit places of historic interest, look around some of our interesting cities - whatever you most enjoy. We also like taking our volunteers to the local folk club and, although Dave always tries to persuade people to sing, you really don't have to!

We can generally be quite flexible about which days you help so this can also be a great opportunity to use our house as a base for a few weeks, helping and taking time off to explore places a bit further away. We live in a small village (about 50 houses) with no amenities, so you need to be comfortable keeping yourself occupied when you are not working - whether it is reading a book, using the internet, painting or whatever your own interests are. We have a wide range of books that you can borrow and you can use our wireless internet and TV. There is countryside all around to explore on foot or by bike and we can often offer lifts to the nearby towns in your spare time. Newark is a lovely market town. Lincoln is a small, historic, university town with a beautiful cathedral. Further away there is Nottingham or York and we are on the main train line for London, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

We don't smoke, so if you do smoke we ask that you only ever smoke outside. We eat meat but if you are vegetarian, we don't mind and will try to give you an alternative to meat. It is difficult for us to provide a vegan diet though, as we eat a lot of eggs and dairy produce. As a general rule we don't take people under the age of 22 unless they are used to travelling and living independently.

Thank you for reading to the end of this profile! Please tell us that you've done so in the first line of your message to us and please make sure that you have a picture on your profile. We get lots of applications and it helps us to work out who is serious about wanting to stay with us and who is just 'spamming' lots of people without really reading the profiles.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Jane and Dave

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