20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”
THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Manitoulin Island's Humungous Bear

Tuesday we headed south to Manitoulin Island - the world's largest fresh water island. It's a 2.5 hour drive (one way) from Elliot Lake and by the time we reached Espanola (still on the mainland) it was already time for a short stop to enjoy our picnic lunch. As luck would have it the sun peaked through the clouds to showcase the gorgeous autumn colours on .

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Autumn Reflections

John paddled the Cataract River which leads to Lake Duborne and then Blind River yesterday. I tagged along and it was my job to drive the van from where he began to where he'd eventually end up. It took him about 2.5 hours from start to finish. Directly across the river from where he set off is this gorgeous log home.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Lakes & Leaves

Autumn in Ontario Canada is spectacular and we do our best each year to take full advantage of this place we call home. 

Endikai Lake

Monday, September 19, 2016

More Havelock Memories

We're back home in northern Ontario enjoying every second of this incredible September while savouring memories of our final housesit of the summer in Havelock Ontario.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Old Fashioned Summer with Human & Furry Friends!

Summertime in Ontario Canada is often a roll of the dice. It can range from unseasonably cold temperatures with above average rainfall to hot and humid with little, if any, precipitation. This year reminds us of the summers we experienced in our childhood and we're savoring every moment. Even better we're housesitting while reconnecting with friends as we zigzag across the province. Of course summertime also means kayaking and that makes it a win/win situation - the proof is in John's smile!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

7 Years & Countless Grandpets Later

Just recently we wrapped up another successful housesit and it seems rather astonishing that since 2009 we've completed twenty-eight housesits. We're booked for two more before fall officially arrives so that number will soon rise to 30. Thirty official housesits in seven years. That averages 4.3 per year which is amazing considering we're not even full time housesitters.

Along the way we've collected a lot of incredible memories.  

We've met kind, gracious fascinating people because of housesitting and we're grateful not only for the time spent together, but also for their continuing friendship, support and encouragement.

We've also spent an impressive amount of time with an array of feathered, furry and fabulous friends. The total tally is beyond my reach, but during the last year (between October 2015 and Sept.2016)   we will have spent 25 full weeks with our "grand pets". Talk about time well spent.  Each critter has his or her own distinct personality, traits and habits and it's been a pleasure getting to know them so intimately.

To mark the milestone as well as honouring the memories I created this slideshow that features our wonderful "grand pets".

❤️ Enjoy!

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Returning to Where our Housesitting Adventure Began

At the end of June we returned to the farm in southern Ontario where our incredible housesitting adventure began in 2009. At the time we were simply doing a favour for good friends, but oh, goodness, we never expected it would morph into an exciting and uber satisfying retirement lifestyle!

Our view from the kitchen table - a peacock at the bird feeder

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bar Harbor

The day after we arrived in Toronto from London (Gatwick) we drove to Bar Harbor, Maine via Sherbrooke, Quebec to spend the first weekend in June with our daughter and son-in-law. We stayed in a lovely two-bedroom townhouse at the Bayview

Saturday, July 2, 2016


Two days before our return to Canada on May 31 we toured Cambridge, England both on foot and via a punt on the River Cam. One of the most photographed facades in the city is King's College founded in 1441 by Henry VI (1421-71). 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Broads

The Broads, England's largest protected wetlands, encompasses more than 125 miles of "safe, enchanting waterways" most of it less than 4 metres (13 feet) deep and during our housesit in Attleborough in May we explored a small portion via a boat cruise.