The Coady's Collective
Coady's Cabana and The Studio have been created by Matthew and Jane Coady over the past 24 years. Matthew is a retired Architect, and Jane a retired newspaper publisher and former City Councillor. Over the 20+ years that they have been married and living on the property there have been constant changes. The gardens were started and enhanced, art was acquired, as were cats, dogs, chickens and horses... even people!
Jane and Matthew love creating a place for people to enjoy. Initially having two young adult off-spring opened their eyes to the fun of having diverse people around. This has now been carried forward to having more people sharing their home
......all pitch in
Sometimes house guests sing for their supper, other times they put their backs into work! Everyone pitches in.
Originally a part of the house for Jane's Mum and Dad, the Studio is a ground floor unit, complete with a full kitchen is now available.
Natalie lives at "Idle Cottage", in her ground floor apartment.
She started to get dirt under her finger nails, and help in the garden, but now she has her nose in the books doing her Masters in Social Psychology by distance ed. She still has time to enjoy time at the pool!
The Glamp was ready for guests on August 1st! It was a push to get it, and its adjacent bathroom open for our first booking! Guests loved it. The fireplace and BBQ on the deck outside the 14' x 14' tent with wood floor, queen bad, fridge and micro kitchen.
The chickens are now our only "pets", and live in the back garden closer to the house. Please ask if you would like to visit them in their "chicken condo". There are four chickens now, two Red Sussex Cross, Sugar and Spice, and two Welsummers
As for the past 8+ years, we have invited young (or older!) people who want to learn about growing their own food, how to cook, what it takes to maintain a property and home and to live well to join us.They come through the Work Away program. We love the energy, and help, they bring into our lives.
So many workers over the years like Cassian, a 20 year old young man from the former East Germany. Very interesting to hear the differences in life, particularly that of his parents. From closer to home the wonderful Holly from Iowa - our first US workaway. We are now enjoying the potatoes Christian planted! Suse, then Janine, also from the former GDR, and both in their late 20's. Sebastien was an interesting young German workaway with whom we had extended conversations around the EU and Brexit!! Then there was the Swiss contingent - Svenga, from Lucerne the German side of Switzerland, and Vincent from Lausanne, the French side. Al and his girl-friend Kate from Australia were special as Al is a newly graduated architect from Australia, who has moved to Canada and has remained party of our lives. Interesting years, often with firsts for the nationalities of people staying with us, and as always, new ideas and enthusiasm adds to life here.
2018 brought Aileen and Ben from UK, Roman from Spain, Katharina and Uwe from Germany and Esperanza from Mexico. What a great group. Jasmine and Ben, our Aussie house sitters looked after the house, property, and the Cabana and Studio in October, are still here! Magda and Daniel will be arriving any day to sit from now to March while we are in San Miguel d'Allende in Mexico. Maybe this will be the year that I learn some Spanish!!
We look forward to continuing to welcome work-awayers into our home in 2019 to help with gardening, renovations, maintenance, B&B chores and cooking. We can guarantee they will all leave having not only learned a few things but having had a very enjoyable time, as do we with them! Not sure how we would manage without them!!