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Russ & Patricia

Russ & Patricia

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Homestay England Ltd. is run by husband and wife team Russ and Patricia Yates. Russ has been gardening for over 30 years, spending seven of those years overseas promoting British gardening and British garden products. Russ enjoyed giving regular lecture courses, writing articles in local and national magazines and participating in some television work. He was also the British Embassies gardening advisor in Japan where he was commissioned to make a British garden at the Ambassador's residence in Tokyo and put together a training and maintenance plan for the Embassy compound.

His promotion of British gardening resulted in the publication of his two gardening books, the first in 1998 and the second in Autumn 2000. Russ has always enjoyed passing on his knowledge to amateur gardeners and people taking up gardening as a hobby for the first time. He feels that it is very important to help people who express an interest to learn and looks forward to continuing this in the future.

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Patricia qualified as a school teacher in England, having graduated with a degree in Education. Since this time she has taught children from the age of three through to adulthood, teaching a full British Primary National Curriculum and English language as a separate subject. Patricia is TESOL CELTA qualified. This teaching work has taken place in the U.K. and overseas.

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A love of Far Eastern culture, experienced at first hand, ignited Patricia’s other interest of alternative medicine. She attended numerous courses on Aromatherapy, Relaxation, Yoga, Hypnotherapy, Homeopathy and Reflexology. Her immediate pleasure and fascination was with Aromatherapy and this encouraged her to train as an Aromatherapist. She qualified with The London School of Aromatherapy in 1991. She has since practised and taught the subject in England and overseas as well as teaching about topics to do with British lifestyle.

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Since returning to Britain, Russ carries on designing gardens while Patricia teaches. Together they run their highly successful homestay business where many people from overseas can come and sample various activities. As well as having the opportunity to stay in a cottage in the pretty Lincolnshire countryside you will have the opportunity to practise your English with your host family and people around the area.

Finally, enjoy traditional local English food, some of it grown organically in their own garden. Russ and Patricia extend a warm welcome to you.

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