Musings @ 100

This has been one of my most challenging relationships. Ever close-by looming, enticing, demanding, flattering, criticising. How many times have I considered ending it all and consigning it to another of life's "character building" experiences? How many times have I said to Dave, I think I've had enough of this?…

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Home, not home

The advantages for us leading this nomadic lifestyle are many and varied, not least the opportunities to house sit, caring for gorgeous pets whilst living in lovely homes around the world. But what happens when a curve ball is thrown, unexpectedly having to go “home” when in fact we no…

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Cat Cuddle Cafe

*** Feline alert: if you don't like cats you might like to stop right here. For the past couple of years as house and pet sitters we have become accustomed to having animals in our daily lives. For the moment though, we are not house sitting. We're staying at daughter…

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Sam

  2 months ago we landed in Brisbane after 6 months of traveling and house sitting around New Zealand. They were glory days, of the kind that we'll value and reflect upon forever. Salad days. Honeymoon days. Except for the earthquake days, they were a bit unnerving. But oh so…

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Leap of Faith

As it happens towards the end of a year, we find ourselves reflecting on the past 12 months, talking about the highs, the lows and (mostly) everything in between. And then we realised that we've been traveling, without a permanent home, for 500 days and despite all our past life…

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Wild Wild West Auckland

The Lonely Planet New Zealand guide suggests a visit to Auckland's western beaches if you are looking for a 4 day itinerary in the city. Everyone knows Auckland has a magnificent harbour, and catching the ferry over to Waiheke Island is naturally a priority for visitors. But placing the western…

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Timaru from the other side

Once we've sorted the morning caffeine fix at our favourite cafe we go exploring and there's no better way to get to know a place than on foot. We get to see a lot more when we're walking and slow travel allows us to do that. For us, house sitting…

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Our year of winter

Can you believe just a little while ago we ticked over a year of traveling full-time, away from home? Yes, that's right, a bit over 12 months ago we were reveling in the mellow winter days of Noosa, with average daily temps of 24c. There were discussions about what clothes…

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Oohoo from Timaru

Wow, we never imagined Timaru could turn out to be one of our favourite places. For the past couple of weeks we've been house sitting in a very beautiful, comfortable and warm home here in Timaru looking after these cuddly brothers, and we'll be here until mid September. Last year…

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