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Our dates are flexible, we will travel for 6 weeks between mid October and mid December.
Our house is 800 square feet. We have a large covered deck to the east and south with a porch swing, rocking chairs, sitting and eating areas. Our half mile of gravel road has 6 houses on it.
Your accommodations are a small guest suite: queen bed, some dresser and closet space, and a small private bathroom with shower.
Our property is completely non smoking.
We have a semi Mother Earthy Farmlette: Solar electric (grid tie with batteries), solar hot water, small orchard, large veggie garden, creek fed irrigation. During the colder months, we heat with a wood stove. In the cold season, we prefer a sitter who is comfortable with using one but it's easy to learn to operate.
Nearby: Nantahala National Forest, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Qualla Boundary (Eastern Band of Cherokee), Appalachian and Bartram Trails, gem mining, trout fishing, waterfalls, natural waterslides and swimming holes, bike trails, greenway, fishing, boating, golf, birding, wildflowering, white watering. Nature photo ops abound. Grocery stores, Wal-Mart, library, bookstores, coffee shops with faster Internet, live theater, cinema, breweries. Local transit will come to the house with a day's notice. Asheville is 80 minutes away, Atlanta 3 hours. We have a folder of things to do in the area, such as visit the Museum of the American House Cat. During the summer, there are weekly outdoor concerts and occasional festivals.
Our farm is suitable for children but not for the very young. We have an electric fence around the garden. The house is not childproof and the wood stove stands freely in the dining/living area.
Due to the free range poultry, we ask house sitters not to bring their personal pets
Kitchen remodel is totally functional but we haven't decided on countertops so half the countertops and kitchen table top are plywood
We have Wi-Fi (basic), a TV with DVD but do not have cable. Your cell will not work but we have a land line for US calls.
Basic critter care: Feed and water the critters, maintain their litter, walk the dogs, play with the dogs and cats, collect eggs. The honey bees don’t need any attention.
Basic garden care: Turn irrigation on and off, harvest for yourself.
Critter care you might not expect:
All the critters live outside.
The dogs walk off leash in mountainous terrain.
If Lady chases the neighbor’s truck, charge her beep collar and give the remote to the neighbor.
Dogs will get two doses of oral meds, the cats one dose of topical meds.
The ducks have a tiny artificial pond that gets drained each night and refilled each morning.
If it gets unseasonably cold, run water heaters for critters, settle dogs in cats in basement at night.
If a hen goes broody (sits on her nest for more than 3 hours, maintain her in a crate for several days.
Garden care you might not expect: The hoop house is like an unheated greenhouse. If it gets unseasonably cold, hoophouse needs to be closed up at night and opened in the morning. This involves manually rolling long sides up and down and requires either 2 people or a bit of strength. Sandi can do it by herself. If we get a lot of rain, the irrigation intake may need cleaning. During the warm weather, the sides stay rolled up.
Depending on your gardening comfort level, we may be starting seedlings in trays or have some in the ground that will need hand watering.
Orchard: The orchard should not need any attention but there may be seasonal fruits available for you to enjoy. If the electric fence makes popping sound, it is asking for attention. It is usually a wire that has slipped from its bracket. Turn it off before adjusting the wires.
House stuff that is unusual:
Compost plant based food scraps. Drop off trash and recycles on your way to town.
We heat by wood and on cold days and nights, you will need to keep the wood stove going and remove ashes daily if this is a cold weather sit.