The Grenfell Tower fire in England was a horrific event in which residents lost lives, homes, possesions friends and family members. We now know from a later inquiry, that the fire was an avoidable fiasco caused by systemic neglect and incompetence. You could say that it revealed the dark side humanity. But as we WATWB… Read More WeAreTheWorldBlogfest: Healing hearts after the fire
It’s officially winter on Saturday and yet Autumn has barely started. The falling of the leaves has commenced and many trees I suspect, will be bare by next week. Due to climate change the seasons have lost their conventional beginnings and completions, such markings of time and weather can no longer be depended upon. Such… Read More The Last Leaf
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?
The festive season has come and gone in a whirl. It’s only been now that I’ve had a chance to reflect on the stresses and joys, highs and lows of this frantic season. Choosing presents can be a hit and miss affair even when Santa brings them but this year I really hit the nail… Read More In Celebration of Small Things; A Christmas Jewel
It was a glorious day- to use an old Aussie expression it was a “pearler of a day”-to be exact. The temperature was mild, the sky both sunny and brilliantly blue and for the first time in weeks there was an absence of the harsh wind which had been whipping up the sea. There was… Read More You Are Beautiful!
I’m in the process of packing my bags to leave for the beautiful Loire valley tomorrow and as I struggle to fit eveything in, I take an opportunity to reflect with gratitude on a wonderful (and exhausting) week in Paris. I arrived a month later than last year in the hope that the weather would… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: A Week and a Bit in Paris
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
It arrived today in the post. The homeowners for whom I had house sat and cared for their delightful Miss Daisy in Brisbane, mentioned that they had a gift for me which they had bought on their European jaunt over Christmas. In truth, I’d completely forgotten about it when I left Brisbane and became busy… Read More In Celebration of Small things: A Glass Heart from Venice
Walking through different cities, their squares ablaze and shops bustling for the Christmas season, you have to wonder if it is really possible to buy the festive season. We are certainly encouraged to believe so Christmas is the season of love, and if you really love someone, you will buy them a present equating to… Read More Can you really buy Christmas?