Today is the last day, of our last scheduled house sit!
We are finishing it here on a beautiful snow covered farm in Alberta, with not a single sausage lined up for the future. Not a bad way to end…
This is a new feeling for us. For most of the last 16 months, we have had a least one house sit in the bank, whether it was way in the future or just around the corner.
There was always a commitment we had to fulfil.
By choice we have chosen to step away from house sitting (at least for a while) and try something different.
It’s weird when you leave your job and head on an indefinite journey; you feel a huge sense of freedom. But now I realise there are layers freedom.
House sitting was a way to see many different parts of the world cheaply, and even though we’ve enjoyed it massively, it was still a commitment to fulfil.
In our next escapade, we only have a flight to make, and the rest we make up as we go along.
So yes, we are indeed excited about this. But I’m not going to go into our future plans just now (more to come soon).
This is more about the amazing experience house sitting as given us. And to be more specific, the amazing people we have met.
This is the bit that has surprised us, the people. Initially when we set off on our travels, we thought about the cute animals and far flung destinations we would be heading to.
You also think about the responsibility you have to the homeowner to maintain their house and look after their beloved pets.
I never imagined we would meet such friendly and generous people.
People who warmly invite you into their home, put their trust in you and make you feel instantly welcome.
You can usually tell from the tone of the communication pre house sit, how things are going to pan out. Do not ignore any negative vibes you get! We have done so once in the past, and when we did, we regretted it. But that was one single occasion, which we learnt from quickly.
Back to the good people.
These people all have their own particular way of showing you their appreciation. They happily give you a little insight into their lives and personalities.
They make their favourite meal for you when you arrive. Excited to show off their culinary skills.
Or when they discover you are intolerant to most edible things (i.e. Kellie), they panic slightly at first, and then go out of their way to find those ingredients they had never even heard of.
When you are ill in Mexico and new to town (i.e. Kellie again), they go out of their way to find you a good doctor.
We’ve had people buy us tickets to their favourite Christmas show, “We have to go every year! We’d love you to go!”
They take us to their favourite hangouts and restaurants, so keen to share what makes them happy in their hometown.
I don’t want to get into writing what people offered as some sort of competition, more just to show the unexpected kindness from people who were strangers not so long ago.
Some gestures are simple and thoughtful. Others are expensive and cause disbelief when offered.
All are unexpected and remembered by us, to this day.
People have stocked their fridges and cupboards with mountains of food, bought us wine, loaned us their car to go and explore their country when they return from their holiday.
Rescued us from an Ecovillage (thanks Chris and Lynn).
Friends have been made on a subconscious level, and also in ceremony. We have been given white scarves to symbolise our new friendship. A touching gesture, made by someone profoundly affected by a recent trip to Nepal. Genuinely an amazing moment to share with someone, who just a few weeks earlier, we had never met.
I have tried to avoid naming names in this list as much as possible, but Judy and Lee have to be named as they allowed us stay in their holiday let for free for a few days, before they had even met us. Crazy kindness.
I should have posted this long ago to give them a plug for their beautiful self catered rental in San Pancho, with beautiful ocean/sunset views and a pool! Plus it’s a tiny walk to the beach. You should all go and have a look at here.
Enjoying the swimming pool and sunset at Judy and Lee’s
For me it’s important to write this, because I know how lucky we are. I’m not trying to show off about all the free stuff we were given. More highlight the good people of the world and the different forms in which it is demonstrated.
The news is full of all the crap that happens on a daily basis, I don’t want to ignore these things. Just be thankful for the delightful people we’ve had the chance to meet.
So thank you, thank you. THANK YOU to all our kind new friends both four and two legged!!
PS when we do head back to house sitting one day, please potential homeowners don’t feel you have to do all this stuff. We don’t have a diva list and just get on with things. A friendly smile, cute pets and a comfy bed are all we require.