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?
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
As I watch my one of my grandchildren start school and one return this week, I can’t help but think about the rapid pace of their learning. It’s a great joy to witness their little minds expand and it causes me to ponder my own journey of lifelong learning. This week I was contacted by… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: It’s never too late to learn
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?
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
This week I finished a house sit which involved caring for a beagle called Delish. Though beautiful to look at and with a fun loving and sensitive nature, she also shared in some of the characteristics of the beagle nature. It was my second time caring for a beagle-though Delish was a cross with King… Read More The Life of Beagle: Escape Artiste Extraordinaire and Food Obsessive
“Today you are you That is truer than true There is no one you-er Than you” Dr Seuss “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been” Madeleine L’Engle “Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words” Platinus Yesterday on my birthday. I took the… Read More In Celebration of Small Things:A Grand Adventure
T is for Travel and This…. “Some journeys in life can only be travelled alone.” Ken Poirot “ Wandering is the activity of the child, the passion of the genius; it is the discovery of the self, the discovery of the outside world, and the learning of how the self is both “at one with”… Read More T is for Travel and This…
Home and Habitat I’ve been travelling constantly for four years now and here in a banlieue / suburb of Paris while watching a TV show on Australian Indigenous peoples, I contemplate what it is to have a home and to be at home. Many people have homes but are not necessarily at home in their… Read More Home and Habitat