A Sitter with culture
41, Anthropologist/ Historian
Hi, I am copy pasting bits of my profile that's on the woofing uk website because although house sitting doesn't require as many hours of work, the kinds of experience required in some places, such as farms and campsites might be similar. This profile best describes my skills and interests.
I am mostly interested in long term positions but do consider short terms ones to the purpose of vacation and travelling.
About me. I am an anthropologist and historian currently about to complete two doctoral dissertations on shamanism in matriarchal societies, and wishing to explore a bit more every day these beautiful lands of the Celtic Isles. My work on the actual dissertations now only requires from 3 to 5 hours a day, depending if I am reading or writing. I will finish the most of the writing by the end of December and will be mostly reading and working on the notes, quotes and bibliography after that. As it is now, I already have much of my days free to be outside with the Land, that is the main love in my life.
While I would not consider myself an Italian, neither by heritage nor by culture, my first language is Italian and I have Italian citizenship and Irish and mixed European Heritage and a papuase by culture, given I have spent in Papua half of my life. I am currently in the process of applying for Irish citizenship and enjoying the South West. I speak English, French, Italian, Spanish and some Chinese. I love animals, more than humans (by far :-) and have lived half of my life in the wild in the Oceanian rainforests. The other half of my life, I spent mostly in researching different aboriginal cultures and ways of living, studying, getting too many degrees & over-qualified on so many (perhaps too many) different things, spending time with the land, the people and the animals. I have a diploma from the EU as environmental keeper and sea worker. I would like to be involved in wildlife repopulation at some point in my life and I am very open to the rare opportunities offering that. I am an alternative dog-trainer and we used to have horses so enough experience to look after horses too, cleaning them, saddling and exercising them. I absolutely adore horse riding and I need to do it often for my back to keep healthy, particularly if I can't swim, which in the summer I do every day. After falling from a horse however, many years ago, I haven't gone beyond trotting as the chances to be around horses have been few. I miss them every day!
I would say that horses, goats and cats are my favourite "farm animals". I'm also very keen on pigs and sheep. I can't think of an animal I wouldn't be happy to look after or learn about, I love them all. In terms of my dog-training technique, if that's something you might need, I use a mixture of my own skills acquired throughout my life and the dog-listener method developed by Jan Fennel, who codified wolf language to learn to train dogs through non-aggressive approaches which help even the most traumatised and aggressive dogs to live in harmony with humans and let go of controlling mechanism which are the response to unresolved trauma and subsequent anxiety and confusion. I have rescued dogs from being put down because they were erroneously considered to be dangerous due to their traumatic responses.
Until recently, since last winter to the late spring, I have been self-teaching myself horse whispering too. I have had cats and dogs for half of my life and I used to have horses when I was younger. I have had rabbits and guinea pigs too as a child.
As far as experience with farm animals, I have enough to handle sheep, goats, ducks and hens and a little experience with cows too. I've been around them a lot as we used to have a field of them though not as near to the house so I didn't visit them as often as the other animals. I would love to learn to milk goats and cows but I have only done it twice so I can't say I have enough experience at that yet. This is something I always wanted to do. I believe it's important to work with animals in ways that do not hurt them and that are fully respectful of their lives. For this reason I wouldn't feel comfortable going to big farms where animals are killed or enclosed in small spaces/cages. They are consensual, incredibly sensitive and intelligent beings who need the same respect we owe to humans...if not more in some respects as they hurt no-one.
As far as experience with the Earth, and my wonderful Swiss friend and witchy neighbour expert of herbs, plants and permaculture, I have learned through my own land how to make vegetables and flowers grow. Not as successful with raspberries and strawberries so far, but it might be the kind of soil I've got at home which is kind of clay-like and full of rocks and hard to replace.