House Sitting in Surrey

Surrey

Situated just south of the town of Guildford, Surrey, we had the amazing privilege to call a Tudor cottage home, even if it was just for a short time. The catch? Well they were privileges too. Caring for a gorgeous Black Lab named Teazle, two cats, Pepa & George and spending a few afternoons with the mower (and a cold cider).

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A New Year and a New Country – The United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Our Global Adventure began with just one destination in mind over two years ago, The United Kingdom. We knew that we wanted a change of lifestyle and a change of scenery, to be able to spend more time together as a family. After particularly bad days at work we’d come home and joke “Let’s just sell it all and move to Scotland”.

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Au revoir France

When we set out on Our Global Adventure, it was with a plan. We would spend 6-9 months in Ireland (to take care of the requirements for a visa into the UK) and then head on to England. When Gina said to me this time last year… “Do you want to go to France”, I was quite flabbergasted that she would even suggest such a spanner in the works of our carefully planned schedule. After all, she wasn’t even looking for housesitting opportunities at that stage.

But as I read the advertisement on trusted housesitters, I must admit that I felt something special was being placed in front of us.

Château de la Barbelinière

Château de la Barbelinière

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Bonjour from France!

Housesitting in France

Château de la Barbelinière

It’s funny how things don’t always turn out how you thought they would. Twelve months ago we never would have considered that Our Global Adventure would find us living in the French countryside, but here we are. Originally we thought that we would start our adventure in the United Kingdom, but then Visa issues for Simon had us in Ireland instead. Whilst in Ireland we thought that the next leg of our journey would be to England for sure, (having cleared up visa issues) but then this opportunity to live in France popped up, and well Voilà! Here we are. Bonjour! Continue reading

Housesitting in Heaven

The Eco Friendly home that we are Housesitting for 3 months.

The Eco Friendly home that we are Housesitting for 3 months.

Last week we sold, gave away and packed up the last of our belongings, then handed over the house keys  to the Agent who would finalise it’s sale in Adelaide. We stuffed what was left in to our car and started our road trip east toward our first ever housesit in New South Wales, Australia. A couple of months earlier, through a website, Aussie Housesitters we’d replied to an advertisement to care for a house in the Bega Valley region of southern New South Wales. The owners of the home were going away for three months, and were looking to someone to housesit their eco friendly home on 100 acres of bushland. The ad sounded like a wonderful opportunity for our family to have a uniquely Australian experience, with lots of down-time to prepare ourselves for the travel ahead. Continue reading