Housesitting – a few tips for beginners

House and pet sitting means moving around, a lot.  It’s probably not the lifestyle for those of you out there who enjoy a slow paced and predictable routine. But if you’re not fazed by the thought of packing all your belongings and moving every few weeks to an entirely different location, then read on! Scheduling…

Retropost: West Byfleet

It was late March 2016, almost a year since our UK housesitting adventures began. We had just spent 3 idyllic months on South London, but it was time to move again and face fresh challenges.

Travelling light

One hundred CDs, four hundred books, 5 different kitchen tools to stir your soup. It’s a human condition to collect and fill our houses with things. How do we cope, given that we move so often? An insight into the housesitters wardrobe.

heigh-ho, heigh-ho

Working in London takes a certain resolve. You’re stuffing 4 million people into trains and buses and stuffing is literally what happens most mornings on the busiest of routes.

Sleeping around

One of the challenges that comes with housesitting and moving around so often, is the variety and level of comfort one gets from sleeping in strangers beds

Retropost: School Day

This is a Retropost – looking back on earlier housesitting adventures. January, 2016 Going along to a school as anything other than a student was a frightening concept. As a student you’re just one of the masses, blending in. It’s an entirely different concept being the teacher. Everyone’s looking at you. You’re running the show….

Retropost: Streatham, London

This is a Retropost – looking back on earlier housesitting adventures. January, 2016 Just like that Christmas was over for another year. We said goodbye to Bristol, but vowed to return. We enjoyed our three week stay, Bristol being much smaller and easier to navigate than London. Thankfully we’d already booked our next London housesit –…

2015. It wouldn’t be the same without…

Let’s end 2015 with a quick list. Things I’m grateful for in this past year: a partner who challenged me to think and question outside my typical understanding. the bravery to give up one way of life for something completely different, something challenging and quite scary, something with a lot of unknowns, something new the…

Watford for autumn

Leaving Bath we headed east, our next stop being a three week sit in Watford. Watford is a large town set just north of the M25. Many live here and take the half hour commute into London each day. I have a connection with Watford from some years gone by. Watford football team, commonly known…

Milton Keynes – city in the forest

Having decided to leave Yorkshire earlier than planned, we had two weeks to fill, before our house sit in Bath was due to commence. Teresa is a mastermind in these situations. Basically, the trickier the job, the easier it seems for her to handle it! We got onto the housesitting web sites and stumbled upon…

Yorkshire

As the English summer drew to a close, we said goodbye to Surrey and the south of England, in preparation for a journey northward to Yorkshire. On the way we managed to get in a few days with our good friends Ed and Katie, who live in a small village just outside of Leeds. Our…