Invariably, when I do house sitting, I am drawn into the lives of others.Sometimes this happens in incidental ways, in others quite deliberate which can from time to time be quite overwhelming-until I process the meaning of this interaction. There are times also when I find a delightful connection and become friends with pet owners.… Read More The Lives of Others
I ask myself this question on the eve of the 6th anniversary of falling into this lifestyle. Why spiritual? Well there’s an aspect of service to the greater good about it, as you help pets feel peaceful and comfortable in their owner’s absence and also the owners feel less guilty in taking a break. Of… Read More Is House Sitting a Spiritual Vocation?
“What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.” ― Charles Baudelaire History is part myth, part fact. When I first read about the city of Kuching, which means “Cat” in Malay, I imagined a place once home to… Read More Kuching: Colonial Centre of the Cat Empire
Lisa was so different to her sister Athena- lithe, intense, profound, I knew when I first met her over a year ago that she had used that secretive and mysterious power of the feline realm to call me to care for her while her owners, Pascal and Martine, were overseas. Athena on the other hand,… Read More In Celebration of Small Things : The Cat Who Loved Goat’s Cheese
It’s approaching the end of another house sit and the reflection process has started. I always ask myself the question: Have I Made the Most of It? Every house sit offers learning opportunities both big and small, adventures both anticipated and surprising, as well as a challenge or two. Sometimes If I’m lucky, I… Read More Have I Made The Most of It?
We were deep in conversation, my friend and I, while walking along the beach when we noticed the little dog. He wore his sunnies with all the aplomb of an experienced beach goer so we had to stop and admire him. His owner explained that his breed suffered from conjunctivitis which was exacerbated by the… Read More In Celebration os Small Things:a Dog Wearing Sunnies
“It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the contrary, all other beings too have been intended for their own sakes and not for the sake of anything else” Maimonides (Rabbi Moses ben Maimon) I rise extremely early on the Gold Coast which is great… Read More The Lost or Abandoned Creature
I love the sea full stop and end of Post! Just kidding of course. Though I love plunging into the sea, roaring surf or tranquil harbour, I have some mixed feelings about Australian beach life. When it’s warm enough (sea not necessarily air temperature). I’ll plunge right in and savour the sea minerals covering my… Read More The Sun and Shade of Australian Beach Life
I had met her before when staying in the cottage but this visit was different. Normally very timid she would run away at first sight of me. This time she stayed, munching on Rose bushes while aware that I was looking at her from the window. At times she looked at me directly, her mouth… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: A visit from a Swamp Wallaby
In Celebration of Small Things: Love and Loss In this house sitting lifestyle my animal companions have taught me many things about love and loss. Important lessons on how to live and love in the moment without any expectation or guarantee that either will continue. I’ve also learnt the depths to which an animal will… Read More In Celebration of Small Things:Love and Loss