The town of Servigliano in the Le Marche region of Italy is unusual for the region. It is not built atop a hill with a commanding view of its surrounding domain. Instead it lies on one of the few flat areas of this undulating landscape. The old part of town is enclosed within a fortress of sorts. Its high walls have small houses and shops built into them. Once through one of the three gateways, you pass along cobbled streets and emerge into a large central piazza. Three sides are taken up with the shops and houses of the external walls. The centre is a combination of marketplace and urban park with memorial statues. The centrepiece of the piazza completing the fourth side is, inevitably a church. Visit the town on market day and you will probably be so focused on the stalls you will not look up at the church. But come here on any other day and you will notice a large white plaque on the front of the church. The majority of the plaque is taken up with a ...Read More
What is Housesitting?Housesitting is taking care of someone else's house - and most likely pets - while the owner is away. It can range from a night or two through a couple of weeks to a few months and beyond. Some friends of mine did a housesit for friends of theirs for over two years while they were relocated due to work. While many people considering housesitting are attracted to the promise of living in fabulous homes in fantastic destinations, the reality can be quite different. Housesitting is first and foremost providing a service to your clients rather than them giving you a free or cheap holiday. If you approach housesitting from this perspective you are much more likely to:
- be given the assignments you apply for
- have housesits that go well
- be invited back to housesit again
What Housesitting Is
Loving and caring for your client's pets as if they were your ownThe vast majority of people looking to use a housesi...
Coming Soon!Over the coming months, I will be gathering together my experiences from my first few housesitting assignments and collating them into a housesitting guide for those who are just starting out on their own housesitting adventure.
Profession Not PastimeHousesitting is a profession - or at least it should be considered as such by those contemplating taking up the lifestyle. It is not simply a case of travelling the world living for free in other people's houses. Rather, it is offering a service - and peace of mind - to home and pet owners so that they can travel away from home without having to worry about what's going on in their absence. As such a housesitter has to equip themselves with a wide range of skills - from the ability to care for a wide variety of pets to good communication skills.
Making a LivingFor those who choose housesitting as a full time way of life, and who have not yet retired from work, there is also the ne...
Apologies to Jane Austen for borrowing the structure of a truly inspired opening line, and turning it into something altogether more mundane. But what is a girl to do when presented with an empty box to fill and inspiration deserts her?
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a new blogger in possession of an empty blog must be in need of some posts.
What will my blog be about?I suppose, in the tradition of diaries through the centuries, it will be:
- a miscellany of factual recordings of events in my life (tastefully edited to protect the not so innocent),
- random musings of my overactive mind,
- a scrapbook of words and images from elsewhere that have caught my attention, and
- a window into the murkiest depths of my soul - for those who dare to venture so deep.