One of the things I really like about house-sitting - which is also one of the reasons we decided to take it up - is that by caring for one different house after another we get to constantly try out different of lifestyles, pets and locations.
In fact, as I’m writing this blog post I’m sitting outside on a delightful cottage garden property, looking out from a pergola at dolphins playing in the canals of South Yunderup, all the while listening to the squawking of seagulls and singing of canaries. Yet just last week we were staying in a small unit in a friendly community on the edge of Perth city, walking distance from an array of coffee shops and restaurants. Next week we’re up in the fresh air and peace of the eastern hills on a large block, looking after Malamute huskies.
Yet, as a total opposite, we have friends who are quite happily living in the same house they moved into after leaving school (some 30 odd years ago), and know couples who never intend to move out the house they bought together. But Steve and I have never been that kind of people. As a couple, we like change and variety.
Let’s face it, after all, Steve started travelling around Australia at 19, and I moved to London at the same age then emigrated here at 23. We’ve both always been happy exploring different areas and opportunities - which is perhaps why house-sitting is so ideal for us. It’s certainly why at one point of our lives we’d moved house seven times in twelve years. Some house-sitters only like long stays - 3 months or more, but we’re having fun with the shorter ones too - especially now we’ve finally got everything to fit neatly in the car.
Every house and location is different, requiring different care and offering different benefits - and that’s before we even consider the individual characters and charms of any animals we’re also looking after.