Tuesday, August 12

House Sit Dreams

It is less than three weeks before I head back to China. Obviously I am not looking for house sit opportunities at the moment but I am still a member of Housecarers and will maintain my membership.

I will be looking for house sits in England or Ireland for next year. One needs to be keeping a look out months in advance. Some folk organise their request many months in advance, while others have needs at short notice.

Daily I receive an email with offers for the regions that are of interest to me. Today there were four. Oh, how I have to just dream. There is one position near Bowen in North Queensland which is for two months, and is right on the beach. Now that would be a dream job for me.

There was also a short term one in Ireland - but not the area that interests me most. But I can still dreaM.

Certainly my house sitting days are not over - just on hold for a while.

I was in a hospital waiting room today, chatting with a lady who is a great traveller. Her and her husband have backpacked and cycled around places such as South America, China and India I think. They just set out and travel - whereever the urge takes them.

Maybe I should have started my travelling much earlier - but like other folk, marriage, children, work, responsibility etc gets in the way. Let's hope that it is not too late for me to do some more travelling.

Bring it on!

Monday, August 11

Neglect of blog

I was rather embarrassed to see that I had not posted here for many months. In part it was because I was not house sitting and was in fact living in China, teaching at a college there.
In part it was because a few weeks after arriving in China my computer "crashed" and I struggled with a Chinese computer and eventually bought a new one, and I've struggled with that for much of the time.

I have not forsaken my love of house sitting.

In fact, after 4 1/2 months teaching in China I returned to Australia - after a week in Shanghai and another week in Singapore, and arrived back in Brisbane on July 7th. Just in time to do some more house sitting.

My friends P and L were on their way to a wonderful holiday with a week in the Mediterranean and another week plus in Ireland.

And so it was that I did not go HOME but to P and L's home not far away - so I spent quite a bit of time between the two addresses. The cat Fleder was well behaved - except for the last few days. I wonder if Fleder knew that my tenure was coming to an end and that the folks were returning home?

I like the peace and tranquility of that address. But this time it was mid winter and I found it quite cold. I love sitting out the back of the house, but it was both too cold and often too wet. We had a higher than usual rainfall during that period, so it somewhat dampened my enthusiasm for being there.

But on the other hand there were some pluses. I could do/eat what I liked. I had lost 13 kgs in China and was pleased with my new body and very keen NOT to gain weight, but I know it is hard back here.

I had intended to ride my bicycle - but it wasn't repaired until AFTER I finished the house sit.

I am due to return to China on August 31st, so there is more house sitting for me this year. I will continue my membership with the House sitting website as it is my intention to house sit in UK next year if possible.