Our next house sitting assignment was a little unusual.
Unlike a standard house sit, we joined forces with Nat and Jodie of “House Sitting World” who wanted to put on a house sitting academy at a big property that needed a lot of work on it in the off season to prepare it to be ready for rental in peak season as it was a featured property on Airbnb. The idea of the academy was for people who were interested in house sitting to be able to come and try it out, while having experienced house sitters on site, so that they could see if it was the lifestyle for them. They also wanted us to be able to chat to people about our experiences so that they could learn what house sitting could involve, and how we managed our businesses online so we can work from anywhere. Nat and Jodie needed someone to be the experienced house sitters to oversee and manage the comings and goings of other ‘newbie’ house sitters for a few months and asked us if we could help.
In addition to helping to guide and support new house sitters we also had to look after several animals at the property: Public the dog, Carmen, Kizette and C2 the cats, Tardu, the one-winged (and a little temperamental!) parrot and a collection of chickens.
The property was in a beautiful location, but definitely in need of a little TLC, so we found ourselves finding ways to overcome minor challenges with lack of heating, hot water and drinkable water on site…there was a well up the road which provided everything we needed. And we found creative ways to fix the little DIY challenges we discovered along the way!
Tardu was definitely one of our more interesting charges, as she was very particular about who she made friends with and who she tried to give a friendly (or not-so-friendly) nip to! Luckily after a short while she took a liking to us, and allowed us to hold her and carry her around the property. Public the dog was a little nervous of people as he was a rescue, and didn’t usually come inside, but while we were there spent many an afternoon curled up in the office with Claire while she was working. …and the cats in Greece are probably some of the loudest ‘purrers’ we’ve ever experienced, which we discovered when one of them started purring while on the bed in the middle of the night and woke both of us up! 🙂
We had a great experience with the academy, meeting a variety of new people and helping out new housesitters getting started on their journey, and everyone was happy with the support we provided while we were there.