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
Can there be anything more joyful, more loving than a puppy? She’s called Bella and came into the family at 12 weeks. My grandkids, Josie and Jack, were overwhelmed when they saw her “How long can she stay with us ?” Jack asked. When they were told she would be staying forever Josie remarked “She’s… Read More The New Puppy
Each month I participate in a wonderful blogfest called WeAreTheWorld (#WATWB) which seeks 6o bring positive stories higlighting the goodness and not the shadow side of humanity. This month the cohosts are Eric Lahti,Inderpreet Uppal,Shilpa Garg, Mary Giese and Roshan Radhakrishnan Please visit them for more great WATWB stories. We live in a society in… Read More WeAreTheWorld Blogfest: For the love of the Unwanted
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?
In the top half of Australia there are only two seasons-wet or dry. No delicate evolution into Spring or Autumn for this tropical climate; it’s flagrantly dry, meaning extreme heat-or wet, meaning saturating rain. But on this visit to Cairns, approaching the end of the wet season, Mother Nature has excelled herself producing the heaviest… Read More The Wettest Season
Even if we won’t consciously admit it, at some level we all know that connecting with animals heals us. That’s why I was so touched by this story in the Australian news this week of dogs who worked with trauma victims in the Victorian court system. https://www.9news.com.au/good-news/2018/02/22/06/25/dogs-to-support-victims-of-crime-in-court Dogs are set to assist victims of crime… Read More WeAreTheWorld Blogfest: Dogs Who Heal Trauma
The mangoes are frozen (organic of course!) and the macadamias straight from the tree. Im staying on a beautiful macadamia farm in the far north coast of NSW where life is abundantly lush. My canine companions are Buddy, an older border collie and Mac a nine month old boisterous rogue who is still teething and… Read More Mangoes and Macadamias
The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen Five years ago today I started my big adventure of house sitting. These have been among the best five years of my life as I reflect on adventures big and small, the myriad things I’ve learnt about life,… Read More Happy Adventure-sary!
One of the best aspects of the house sitting lifestyle is the opportunity it affords for making new friends. Though its important to establish mutual respect, it doesn’t necessarily occur that you make a connection with owners, but when it does it can blossom into a lovely friendship. Its that myserious mixture of alchemy, curiosity,… Read More When Home Owners Become Friends
Rivers have what (wo)man most respects and longs for in his/ her own life and thought–a capacity for renewal and replenishment, continual energy, creativity, cleansing. —John M. Kauffmann I first used an inflatable kayak when house sitting near the stunning Swan River in Perth.It took me a while to perfect the art of getting it… Read More An inflatable kayak and a dog who likes to paddle