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!
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
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
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
In Celebration of small things: Dog Friendly Cafes My current canine companion, Bonnie or Bon Bon as I like to call her, is a very social dog. Like dogs everywhere, she approaches life through the use of her powerful olfactory senses and turns every walk into a Proustian adventure. Last year I took a FutureLearn… Read More In Celebration of Small Things; Dog Friendly Cafes
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
2015 has been a good year for me, made up of lots of lovely little experiences and adventures. Of course like the rest of us on planet Earth, I’ve had my challenges. Whether I’m getting better at handling these or the challenges are not as tough as in some previous years (I’ve had a few… Read More In Celebration of Small Things; A heated, saltwater pool and a Moodle called Daisy