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, 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).