Hello to you. We are all still living in troubled times. Covid 19 has wreaked havoc in almost every aspect of life. The French Government have issued guidelines on how we are now to live our lives. Indeed Governments worldwide have done the same.
It is unfortunate that as the time of writing, HelpX do not seem (we could be wrong) to have acknowledged this on their site. This leaves us in the situation of having to take action ourselves. Although the situation is easing, we remain unwilling, for our own safety, and the safety of you, to accepting any volunteers until further notice.
We wish good luck and hope that any helpers have been able to return home safely.
In the meantime, we are leaving our request of help on our page. When all this is all over, we will still be a part of HelpX, and will still be hoping that we can attract helpers to our little slice of paradise.
Kath and I are down-to-earth Yorkshire ex-pats who would want to make you feel welcome, at home, & relaxed at our Belle Maison, which is about 170 years old. We live in the commune of St Pardoux, Deux-Sevres, in a very small and very quiet hamlet of just 3 families. St Pardoux is 8 km away from the historical town of Parthenay. Poitiers is an hour's drive away, with Tours, La Rochelle and Nantes being about 90/120 minutes away.
In early spring 2020, help is needed to clean and tidy up a couple of overgrown hedges, and general tidying of the garden for summer. Power tools (chain saw and hedge trimmers) will be used, so we would need helpers with some experience. We will be doing our fair share of the work, so you will not be on your own.
Small garden design. We will be planting two narrow (1 metre wide x 6 metres long) flower/plant beds. We are not designers, and would LOVE someone who can design the beds to come along and give us the benefit of their know-how. The work is not difficult, but will involve some digging, lifting and shifting. Again, we will be doing our fair share of the work, so you will not be on your own.
Separate from the above, and at dates suitable to you, there is some minor DIY needed in a very small house (6 metres x 6 metres) in our front garden. If you would like to help us, please do get in touch. Again, we prefer someone who has a DIY background.
If you can help us on any one of the above, or even all of them, we invite you to write to us, and please, do tell us more about yourself and importantly, your experience. Note, we do not use any sort of ageist policy. Young or old, if you can do the work, we are most happy to host you.
Accommodation will be in a private double room, with en-suite facilities. You will be living and eating as part of our family. Food will be plentiful, and varied, and meals will be taken with us. We enjoy many different cuisines, with Indian curries being a (Saturday night) speciality. Check out our helpers comments, we have nothing but very satisfied eaters... It will be appreciated if you would join in helping with some general household duties, and the clearing up and washing-up after meals. Would you have any special dietary or otherwise requirements? If so, please inform us right away...
Internet access is available, but very slow. Hours will be flexible, but we expect 25 hours (per person) per week.
Non-smoker is preferred (but not essential). Because of certain health aspects, both Kath and myself have to limit alcohol to a glass or maybe two at weekends. It will be expected that any helper(s) will respect that.