Monday, June 25
When we were visiting Karragarra Island a couple of weeks ago, we made contact with one person who was interested in my house sitting "career" and there's a possibility of a short house sit on one of the islands.
Now that I have part time work, it is not as easy to do the house sitting. I mean why would I travel an hour each way to work when right now I live almost in the same street as my employment? It is a challenge to consider that.
And I've discovered it has been so cold I rather like being in my own home, with a heater that I am familiar with. The thought of dragging all my winter clothes over to the islands does not appeal. So I stay put.
I have looked at a couple of jobs in the UK and Ireland - none of which I'm able to do right now, but the 2008 jobs are starting to appear and I shall watch them enthusiastically as I'd like to do that when we travel next year.
Meanwhile, I think I'll stay at home. Boring.
Wednesday, June 20
Last year I went away with a friend for a couple of nights and a similar but not so severe cold snap made our first night very very uncomfortable. Last night the westerlies howled around the house and it was good to curl up on my own bed and keep warm.
The cold wind seems to penetrate all one's clothes - very hard to keep warm.
I've been looking at all the house sitting opportunties - but the dates and places are not suitable to me. It is hard when I am working right now.
Wednesday, June 13
I love doing this - I love getting away on my own, but for the moment I'll just wait for a good opportunity to come up. I've got a lot of study on, so will just wait and see.
Monday, June 11
The owner was very kind - but it has left me without a house sit for some time. No time to have the peace and tranquility which I crave to work on my book.
I will have to look at other house sit opportunities as they come in over the next few weeks.
That's life I guess. I suspect the universe has something else for me to do. We are still going to Karragarra this weekend, though, and that I am looking forward to doing.
Thursday, June 7
It is not easy to find dog friendly accomodation - but here it is not far from home. So Kramer will get to come with us. I'm loathe to leave him in kennels - recently he came home from kennels with a serious bladder infection.
I've sent an email to Mr Tetley of Teakettle Cottage (great names!) on Karragarra and booked the car ferry. I've yet to ask for an hour off on the Friday afternoon, but I will need that time to get to Redland Bay and get the car on the ferry. We figured if we've saved on the cost of the kennels, that will pay for the car. We do have to take food, linen etc so it is easier this way.
It will be cool - but will pop in a small fan heater I have. I'm going to take my knitting and a few books, and maybe, just maybe, leave my laptop at home!
Sunday, June 3
We may get over to Karragarra for a few days. I've found a dog friendly holiday place - so will today phone and see if I can make a booking.
Perhaps I will go one day over to Lamb and Karragarra to check on things. I might take Kramer but I will have to borrow a trolley or something to take him. He doesn't like walking.
Friday, June 1
The idea of being on my own on that wonderful island where there is little traffic, no shops, little noise (mostly) and the space to just do as I want.
I will have to come back several times a week - but it is all do - able I think. We shall see. It will be a long 3 months if it does not go well.