Endings and New Beginnings go hand in hand. It is time for us to close this chapter of Full Time House Sitting. Life circumstances have lead us full circle to Feilding. Stopping in one location opens new doors and as much as I am missing our furry friends, there are new experiences for us to have. Because we look at Life as a journey, an adventure, of chapters in our stories, we are excited to see what is unfolding for us. Watch this space!
House Sitting has given us the opportunities to explore this wonderful country, to meet people we would otherwise never have met, and of course it has all been about the animals. Because it is them, the seemingly silent communicators who have magically brought us all together. It is them I have connected to when considering a housesit. The location was a bonus. And the generosity of the people involved has been wonderful and greatly appreciated, for them to share their homes and in turn being able to go away on holidays knowing that everything is being taken care of – that has been our pleasure. The encounters with these furry friends has been a moment in my life that still brings me to tears thinking of them…each and every one of them, and their individual personalities, have been a blessing, heartwarming and memorable. In particular for Dougal The Magnificent, that we were not able to come and play with you this Christmas.
Caring for the Furry Ones has been fun, and so much joy. At times it has tested our patience, our abilities and problem solving skills – from dealing with unwanted rats to repairing electric fences and broken water pumps. Thankfully in all 44 housesits, we have never had to call the vet! And only one burial of a wee lamb who succumbed to a cold snap. All of them enjoyed massage and reiki! There was great satisfaction in preparing the house for the owners return, and having a hot meal ready for them was always welcomed and appreciated, particularly after a long flight.
Putting together the accompanying photos of these beautiful animal friends whose hearts reached out to us has brought many tears – tears of joy, tears of laughter, and tears of sadness for those of them who have since passed into Spirit. I know they are still around and I feel them around me from time to time, popping in to say ‘hello’.
I would like to thank you all…
Bear & Indie – Hot Water Beach
Buddy, George, Gemma, Fly, Connie, Chilli, Wilbur, Minnie, (and the second visit including Fox) – Carterton x 2
Bailey & Charlie – Rolleston x 3
The Goat Girls – Leeston
Mabli, Connie, Fynn and Noodles – Cust x 2
Cass, Leo, Snoopy and 20 beautiful horses – Glen Tunnel x 2
Dora, 20 sheep and The Birds – Swannanoa
Doogal The Magnificent – Dunedin
Ruby – Feilding x 2
Stevie – Feilding
Bunnies and Kitties – Whanganui
Chiko, Rosa, Ruby, Polly and the cows, chooks, goats and Doris the Pig – Whiteman’s Valley
Hunter, Roxy, Scoobie and the sheep – Pauatahanui
Mud – Paraparaumu
Daisy, Winston & Mable – Greytown
Kali – Motueka
Jack & The Horses – Oxford
Rocky & Mac – Pleasant Point
Bruce – Rolleston
Fluff and Jetzi – East Taieri
Doogal The Magnificent – St Clair x 3
Tiaki, Jock, Ken and the Lambs – Fairlie, McKenzie Country
Marley & Ziggy – Dunsandel
Hudson & Jasper, Troy & Louie – Clarkville
Rocket – Palmerston North x 2
Pippa – Plimmerton
Sushi and Floyd – Carterton
Sisu, Lucy, Svenja, The Tree Hens, Sheep and Cow – Parkvale
Jack – Peka Peka
Freya, Pippa, Hazel, Zorro, Harry, Salivadore Dali the Llama, the bunnies – Takaka x 2
Bella – Renwick
Kingston & Max – Westport
Gin, Rata, Max, Milo, Chooks, and Cows – Swannanoa.
And to http://www.kiwihousesitters.co.nz for a wonderful community for house sitters and house owners to meet.