Our house-sits in the U.S.A.
A great pool.
You never know what you’ll see in the trees!
We don’t do crowded beaches.
Isis, a wonderful, intelligent American Shorthair...
With acres of lawn, the riding mower was very welcome - and a lot of fun!
Somewhere to relax after the gardening.
A garden full of grapefruit trees - lucky I’m not on statins..!
The back garden and pool.
Q: What do you do when it’s 115 degrees?
A: Knit a wooly jumper of course...
Joshua Tree National Park is nearby… which U2 can visit, if you’ll excuse the pun...
Our house-sits in France
Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence.
Chloe on her perch in the window.
Chloe says ‘Hi’!
Hermes insisted on a formal portrait.
A rare object - a garden in Paris!
We bought the broom for sweeping, but Hermes decided it was for him.
A very modern apartment.
Django. Stephane was elsewhere.
…and as a bonus, the Relais de Venise is easily walkable. Probably Brigitte’s favourite Frencg restaurant. They only have one dish on the menu. Steak.
The local market
Albert and William, felines-in-residence
A large lawn and a fun mower!
Our house-sits in Ireland
The view from the front of the house, with boats bobbing about on the estuary
The two cats, no trouble at all… they sleep all day and are out all night. A bit like students really...
There are lovely places to explore nearby… this is Cobh, last port of call of the Titanic.
Our house-sits in Wales
The beautiful cottage.
The cats clearly decided the Aga was the warmest place to snooze...
A lovely view from the rear garden!
Our house-sits in England
A roomy and characterful house.
Otto - now you see him...
…and now you don’t.
A gorgeous Olde English country garden.
The most chilled cat ever,
appropriately named “Easy”.
Relaxed country living at its finest.
Our house-sits in Scotland
One of several nearby Neolithic stone circles, around 5,000 years old. Really fascinating and atmospheric places.
Bobby, a commendably clean cat.
Gight Castle, from where the ‘notorious Gordons of Gight’ launched raids on other castles, and even towns. Including my ancestors’ castle, Balquholly (now Hatton Castle).
Playful Maisie, between meals...
My 7th great grandfather… William Chalmers, twice Provost of Aberdeen
Relaxing Maisie, dreaming of her next meal...
Home Sweet Home
It’s great to be away…
and it’s great to come home!
We don’t need to house-sit as we have a home of our own.
We choose to house-sit as we enjoy visiting new places and actually living there for a while - it’s so different from simply staying in an hotel or motel.
And, we’ve made some great new friends!
It all started in 2012 when friends told us how they managed to spend each winter in Australia...
It was simple. They looked after luxury houses for people who needed to be away.
It had never occurred to us as something we could do.
But we gave it a try... and haven’t looked back!
We have had a Criminal Records Bureau check via the Trusted House Sitters website, and now have their highest Verification Level...
(The Criminal Record Check involves liaising with National Police Computers to verify and disclose all unspent convictions for the last five years.)