house sitting

Having recently spent the better part of 2 months in Brisbane doing all the essentials after a year away, we’re back into the swing of traveling and house sitting, currently in Melbourne looking after 2 very adorable brothers. Here are Sprocket and Boo. If they’re not in their favourite big bed…

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Josselin connections

The first person we met when we arrived at our Mohon house sit home was the home owner’s friend Karen. Karen and her husband Rick are Brit expats and have lived in and around Josselin for around 10 years. Karen and Rick have established pretty good lives in Josselin, they’ve raised a…

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Hunting and gathering in Brittany.

  Are you one of those people who hates grocery shopping? Back in my frantic days of attempting and failing at the whole work/life balance thing, shopping was right up there as a major stressor and something I almost resented. But now my life has slowed down to the point where I find…

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On a late-Winter morning we were headed South on a day trip to Vannes on Brittany’s south coast. Along the motorway a little crossroad sign pointing to the East said “Rochefort-en-Terre, 20km“. Dave said, ah we’ll stop in there, I’d love to get some cheese. Sure. What I love about random travel is…

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What does that expression really mean, “live like a local’? I know I’ve used it, maybe even overused it, and I’ve read lots of stories about the benefit to travelers to slow down and “live like a local”. Our current house sit is for 2 months in a 350 year old barn, converted…

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A hairy life

This morning I noticed the back of Dave’s t-shirt thick with white cat hair from where Doris was sitting on the back of Dave’s chair last night, nuzzling against his neck. I know that makes it sound like we re-wear our clothes, we’re traveling light. Doris loving Dave and leaving her trademark hair Dave and I…

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Bradford on Avon, not upon.

A while back I was reading about Bradford on Avon, some kind of forum I think, where a writer called the town Bradford-upon-Avon. Well you wouldn’t believe the indignation of some of the commenters! Apparently it is a great insult to the town to call it Bradford-upon-Avon, although it is…

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London Still

Our time house sitting and wandering around Peckham in London.

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This transit day

The Officer announced gravely, “looks like we have a problem here”. Those are not the words you want to hear as you try to move through UK Immigration. Having just spent 2 weeks enjoying a break in Brussels and Antwerp (with a side to Rotterdam) it was time to head…

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Staying in the bunker today

This morning we awoke to the devastating news of last night’s Paris tragedy and attacks in Lebanon. We watched it being reported on the BBC. It was difficult to drag ourselves away from the TV but we needed to leave our house-sit flat and take Tuck out for his morning…

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