For 2 weeks we were volunteering on an organic Farm, that produces fruit, vegetables and wine. Here are some stories we relived. Enjoy! :-D
The guest house is being renovated and needs to be ready in 3 days. And there is still so much to do, we cannot imagine how they're gonna make it in time. So we try our best to help.
Today Markus and I found out, what landscaping fabric is...
There were several paths, that need to be gravelled and they put a landscaping fabric below to stop the weed from growing trough the gravel.
(Landscaping fabric...new word learned - and the Canadians LOVE their landscaping fabric, dear lord :-))
So our day consisted basically of shoveling. Lay out the fabric, pin it with big stones, so that it wouldn’t fly away, wait for Nathan to dump a tractor shovel of gravel on the fabric and - shoveling to spread the stones equally over the fabric. After 3 hours in the sun we were almost done with one path.
gravel the path sides along the house by first deepening the gap.
shoveling big stones, soil and dust into a wheelbarrow and empty the wheelbarrow into the tractors shovel. Then laying out again the landscaping fabric and - shoveling stones onto it. My arms got quite heavy after some hours - not too bad, but the the dust (!) - in that freaking desert called Similkameen Valley - unbelievable. We looked like mummies.
And trying to get rid of the dust is not as easy as you think ;-) It does not help just to shower, you really scrub every pore of your entire body with soap and after that you will still find some dust in ears or nose…. :-D
...but the beer at the end of the day never tasted that good. :-D
And they really made it. On day 3 the house looks like a gemstone. On 3 floors you find 3 double beds, 2 bathrooms, a gallery, a modern open kitchen with a lot of aluminium and a large dining table. Classy dark wooden floors and an elaborate staircase add to the overall sublime impression. You really notice that art runs in this family. Spacious mosquito-free decks run around the house holding a big BBQ grill and a lounge area overlooking the beautiful valley.
As a welcome for their guests there is a big basket with farm grown fruits and wines on the kitchen table. We are really impressed and would rather stay there ourselves... one day. ;-)
Did I mention, that you can rent the guest house?