And so this happened…


Putting up an extra fence

Did we write about all the upsides of house sitting the other day? Today was a not-so-much upside when Anders woke up to the sound of a very upset rooster and noise of the sheep a little too close…


Preparations for extra fence

Three of the sheep had escaped and ran around in the garden… Not smart enough to keep quiet though.

So Anders got out their food/snack and had them follow him back in on the right side of the fence, and then started mending while I was out shopping.


A lot of work to secure the fence

So we’ve spent a big part of the day putting up an extra fence outside the previous one, and to make sure the electric fence is back on track. Sheep are known to be escape artists, so we really don’t want to have them out again.


Tomatoes in all shapes and colors

A very nice surprise today was the visit of a former host + dog from a former house sit in the area. Lovely to see them again, and on Saturday we’re invited for dinner! It truly is something special to get back to places and people we know since before.

Ciao for now!


The upsides of house sitting


Flowers and vegetables in the garden

There are many things that are good about house sitting for others. We have  written earlier about how little we’ve payed for our accomodation over the first ten months without a home.


Ready for morning ride

There are numerous other cool, fun, nice, tasty and friendly reasons why we like house sitting for others. Right now we stay at a small farm with lots of fresh food that we’re allowed to eat while we take care of the place and all of the animals.


Fresh chili

Sure, it’s just so much one can eat, but to get to harvest all of these wonderful things is lots of fun, and makes the watering, care and weeding all the better.


Lovely raspberries

On the down side, we found traces from a mouse earlier today – not our favourites… But, a dip in the pool usually puts a smile on our faces!


Pool with a view

And the horses, cats, chickens and sheep are a real treat for us animal lovers!


Anders view from this morning

Wivan is practicing for her future as a cow girl, riding on a horse and having one extra by the hand.


Happy horse after a mud roll

Today is one of our “watering days”, when bushes and hedges need to be watered. So, there are things to do every day, small tasks like feeding animals, harvesting and taking care of things around the house.


What we find though, is that those little things usually are fun and that we like to help other people.


Beautiful cale

We learn new things, just by those daily assignments, and appreciate the possibility we have to try out different ways of living. Along the way we have also gotten to know amazing people, friends for life, and seen places we would never have visited otherwise.


Fresh walnuts from the trees

It still is amazing to us to follow the weather here in southern France, compared to where we used to live. Here it’s still possible to plant fresh salads and count on their survival without cover. And when we water it now, we know our hosts will benefit from it several months ahead.


The salad that will be served in November

So, there are many up-sides to house- and pet sitting in different places, and as Anders realized earlier today – this is rather different from a Tuesday in the office!

With sunshine,
Anders and Wivan