The 3000 Year History of the Hoodie

Many people may think of the Hoodie as a fairly modern piece of clothing, dating back perhaps only a few decades at most.  However, as Paola Antonelli explains, its origins can be found as far back as ancient Greece.     Garments with a hood - which we can retrospectively define as hoodies - have been around almost since clothing became a thing in itself.   A hood attached to a cloak or robe is a practical solution to that problem of what to do with a hat when you don't want to wear it.  With a hoodie, the hood is instantly accessible when needed, but neatly out of the way when not.   A hood offers the wearer protection from the elements, privacy and anonymity and a special comfort from feeling swaddled and nestled in your own shell.   Practical, comfortable, easy to care for, a cotton jersey hoodie is a perfect garment to include in your nomadic wardrobe.  It bridges the gap between summer and winter when it may still be too warm for a coat.  It i...
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In Case of Emergency

A recent incident on my current housesitting assignment got me thinking about how well prepared any of us are when we take responsibility for a client's home and pets.   I'd been overseeing some renovations on the house and while the builders were bringing in tools and materials, the dogs (Mac - my client's dog and Eddie - my own dog) took the opportunity to sneak out and go for a wander in the nearby woods. I wasn't too worried as they'd done this a few times - both on my watch and when my client was at home. The routine was to periodically yell their names and eventually they would both turn up, usually filthy dirty but very pleased with themselves.   However on this particular day, things took an unexpected turn which resulted in me having to deal with the kind of situation every housesitter hopes they will never have to face.   Three hours after the escape to the woods, Mac returned - as usual caked in mud and ready for a lie down in a shady spot. But there was...
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When It’s Time To Go

the happy housesitter when its time to go
June 2017. I return to Cyprus after a blissful week visting my Italian part-time neighbours at their other home in the Veneto Region of Italy.   We have explored castles and towns, visited wineries and mountains, seen art in all its forms and indulged in some retail therapy Italian style.   Together we have shared so many wonderful meals - both home cooked and restaurant prepared and, with the exception of breakfasts, washed them down with delicious wines of every hue.   The sadness of our parting for the timebeing - at this point in time with the intention of seeing each other again in Cyprus in November - is only tempered by the warmth of the memories we have created and the excitement I always feel at the prospect of being reunited with my beloved Eddie.   Arriving home I at once take in the view of the valley behind. The view that held me spellbound when I first came to view this place. The view I thought I would never tire of. And I realise that I have fin...
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When You Meet Someone On The Road….

the happy housesitter blog - servigliano church sundial
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 ...
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