The Scottish Man with a Brave Heart!!!

5 May

We have just had the absolute pleasure of having Colin stay with us as a work away and what a joy it was to have him in our family. Colin is a Scottish guy from the highlands whilst he was with us he helped getting the properties ready for the rental season, painting, gardening and clearing the garden as well as helping put up a fence, look after the geese, improve our sons skills at Fifa on the Wii and be his music teacher for both guitar and mouth organ!!

Enjoying a lunch under the sun. Aah its hard being a workawayer sometimes!

Enjoying a lunch under the sun with his fellow workawayer Gavin and our son Massimiliano. Aah its hard being a workawayer sometimes!

He has now moved onto the south of Tuscany to help a family put up yoga platforms and build yurts at their yoga retreat in the hills. Before he left we asked Colin if he would do a post for us to show others thinking of workawaying with us what to expect and what he thought of his stay here in Bagni di Lucca, here is what he said.

What were your first impressions of Bagni di Lucca?

I was in awe it is like Scotland where I come from apart from the weather of course!

Having an evening cigarette outside and putting the worlds to rights with our dear friend John

Having an evening cigarette outside and putting the worlds to rights with our dear friend John

Was this your first workaway placement?

Yep, I thought it was a cool way to travel and see the world

Colin was the prince of packed lunches. He kept us all fed and happy each day with his mountainous packed lunches!

Colin was the prince of packed lunches. He kept us all fed and happy each day with his mountainous packed lunches!

What did you think of your host family?

They are a real family, making me feel appreciated, respected and enjoyed, they are f#####g brilliant man!

What did you like about being in Bagni di Lucca with your host family?

1. I liked feeling welcome looked after

2. I enjoyed the work and the trust put in me to do the work

3. I loved the whole experience man!

Helping with the art festival and mixing with the locals whilst he worked

Helping with the art festival and mixing with the locals whilst he worked

What didn’t you like or what perhaps would you want to change about your stay here?

1. Not enough booze supplied

2. Should buy a piano

3. Give Franco (he renamed our dog Franz) more attention, walks, he liked to play with everyday.

Helping move out some old shop counters in the new art festival shops

Helping move out some old shop counters in the new art festival shops

Top Tips for future Workawayers?

1. Keep a supply of biscuits and give him a sneaky biscuit everyday, he will adore you!

2. Be honest

3. Keep it simple!

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