Housesitting Is For The Birds (And Other Dinosaurs)

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Fennell Bay, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

I’ve been talking with dinosaurs, I mean, avians for years and years. Way before full-time housesitting.

Given my druthers, I’d much rather chat with humans, but birds make pretty good company.

To see this in action, please check out The Magpie Whisperer on the interwebz, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.

She’s quite simply brilliant, and her posts, videos, pictures, and musings bring incredible joy to people around the world.

For now, here’s my first proper interaction with the local chuckle heads. Laugh it up, wise guys! 😉

Part Two is coming up, right after these massages:

Fun fact 1: I quite like Thai massages. They’re the only ones that can truly unkink this busted up old body.

Fun fact 2: At my last housesit on the leafy Upper North Shore, the cleaner reckoned I was too tense and should go down Mona Vale Rd and get a ‘rub and tug’.

I seriously thought he was kidding. Not on the intent, on the fact that one could procure such services in the gentile, landed-gentrified, exclusive surrounds of that area.

As it happened, there was a massage place just next door to the supermarket, café, and chemist. So on my last night there, I DID go to get the rub. And I was offered the extra service that you can’t claim on your health fund – unless they’re very progressive. 😏🤨😇

I declined. The rub was relaxing and envigorating without being… climactic. 🤣🤣🤣

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Bill The Housesitter dot com Video #9: Dog Training Lite


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Nothing really much to say here except that it’s a delight to spend time with these two dogs, and we use a few little training tips every day in play and walking time.

Here’s what some of it looks like.


Bill The Housesitter dot com Video #8 Part B: Wide Open Dog Park


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One of the great joys (of the many to be had) when you housesit is when you strike upon a winning formula with two new furry friends from the get-go.

I’m here in beautiful Capalaba, south east of Brisbane, a short drive from the coastline including Cleveland, Raby Bay and Redland Bay, with Wynnum and Manly a little to the north. It’s then a hop, skip and a jump to the ferry terminal down south for the islands: Stradbroke and Russell to name just two I can think of without consulting a map!

Raby Bay. Image courtesy of

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[Reference] Burleigh Heads, Queensland (One sweet little border collie and two exotic mountain cats)


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Burleigh Heads is one of my new favourite places on the planet.

It’s also my new nominal “””home””” address, and my use of the three sets of inverted commas is to denote that I don’t really have a home address in any sense of the word!

However, it is the home of an old, old friend and former work colleague*, his wife, and their furry triumvirate: a very sweet little collie dog, and the actual, true house-owners, two Persian Himalayan cats. Continue reading

Bill The Housesitter Video 7: Postcard From Burleigh Beach


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It’s been a while since the last blog post and video here. So long that I’m currently under roof #12 for calendar year 2016.

This evening on Burleigh Beach, as I was trying to simultaneously drink in all the scenery and document it to within an inch of its life, I realised this was prime video material.

Et voilà!

I can’t tell you how much I adore drifting up and down the Burleigh promenade. Yeah, it’s tourist central, but this is mid-winter.

I adore it.

A hive of activity, people of all ages, nationalities, and descriptions. And I have more conversations and shared moments here on one evening’s walk than in some whole weeks elsewhere. Continue reading

Bill The Housesitter Video 5: Gone To The Dogs’ Park


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It always takes at least a few days and sometimes a week or more to really get the measure of my canine clients when house-sitting.

Sometimes that happens on the fly for short periods, like one of my absolute favourites this year, a little Jack Russell in West Wollongong who I just clicked with from the get-go.

But for others it’s really a case of me learning their rules.

Because I’m a visitor and a guest in THEIR home, and yet I’m their temporary pack leader at the same time, so it’s a paradoxical relationship.

In this current setting, I have two tricky breeds to deal with: Husky and Malamute.

But almost two weeks in, the solution is clear, pack leader. “Take me out to the dog park!”

Shot at The Vale Of Ah Reserve, Auld Avenue, Milperra.

Video 4: The Alaskan Meat Pie Inspection


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This is my fourth video, and it was shot close to my current housesit in the Bankstown region of Western Sydney.

I’ll add extra observations later, but suffice to say, I have my hands full but am loving it.

A little tech-challenged right now, a little handicapable in one arm, but am ODing on round ball football and siestas!

Roll tape.