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!

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

Cambridge

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.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ely

Ely is a short 39-minute train ride west of Attleborough and we visited this lovely East Cambridgeshire cathedral town twice during May. Named after the Isle of Eels Ely is located in the Fens, a naturally marshy area of eastern England. Most of the fens were drained centuries ago, leaving the region a valuable agricultural region. Below is the Ely eel. The real live fish is much smaller in scale, was a vital food source for Ely residents for centuries, and is now a delicacy.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Norwich

Our Attleborough housesit allowed us plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding countryside and travelling via the Abellio Greater Anglia train line (thank you, Chris!) made the journey both enjoyable and easy. Norwich is a short hop from Attleborough and the entire train trip takes under 25 minutes one way. The Norwich train station (below) is conveniently located on the River Wensum.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Housesitting with Gorgeous George

For eighteen delightful days this past May we housesat for a lovely couple in their beautiful home in a Norfolk village and immediately fell under the spell of their Birman cat, George. What a cutie!