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 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
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
In Celebration of Small Things: A Money Purse filled with Euros I had finished my house sit on the Gold Coast as the owners returned from a successful trip and we looked forward to having a final dinner. The dogs, Zen and Coco, were delightful companions who also enjoyed the mindfulness meditations I did each… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: A Money Purse Filled With Euros
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
I suppose you could say that my suitcase is my physical home on the journey. Yesterday, I said goodbye to a case which had accompanied me on over twenty different journeys both in Australia and overseas. I bought my sunny orange bag in Brisbane in 2013 and it has faithfully carried my possessions from Cairns… Read More A New Suitcase
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” ~Michael Althsuler . I could regret the fact that I didnt travel much in my youth but on reflection this is the best time of my life for travel. I have the inner resources needed to get the most from the… Read More Time Travel
After I returned from Canada late last year, I house sat in a small town in Queensland. There, I was reminded of everything I love about Australia which I had previously overlooked or took for granted. Fluorescent An infusion of sea salt and chlorine envelops the bakery as wet backsides wobble in to join the… Read More Australian Story