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. 🤣🤣🤣

Bill The Housesitter

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[Reference] Thornleigh, New South Wales – One energetic greyhound and a very attentive moggie

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Occasionally I return to a suburb to housesit, sometimes for the same homeowner, sometimes for another.

But Thornleigh in Sydney’s far northern suburbs was a first for me: I housesat in three houses consecutively, all within the space of a couple of hundred metres on the same side of the street!

I was initially booked for one residence for a period of seven weeks (reference still on the way for that one), but before I’d arrived, the homeowner had been chatting to friends three doors down, and they booked me in for another couple of weeks to follow directly after the initial housesit.

Then while I was there, we jointly agreed on my filling in for a few days in between at the house directly next door to the initial housesit. This was very handy as late May to mid August, my transitions allowed me to pack my bag and move next door and then subsequently just four doors down. My Opal transport card got to feel extremely neglected.

This reference is from the last of those housesits, looking after a very low-maintenance greyhound who loved her walks and the occasional visit to the dog park, loved that I was around most of the time, but made very few demands of me.

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[Video] Bill The Housesitter’s 2017 Clients – From A to Y

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This is just about a comprehensive collection of all the pets I looked after in 2017 as Bill The Housesitter.

With the exception of a few fish and hamsters. And several chooks.

It literally is a collection from A to Y.

As I was compiling these photos, I realised I’d inadvertently put them in alphabetical location order: from Algester (Qld) to Yeppoon (Qld)!

In housesitting years gone by, I could have told you at any tick of the clock how many housesits I was up to for that year at that point in time.

But 2017 was such an absolute mess, I totally lost track along the way.

Just now, I’ve used a very scientific method (i.e. counting on fingers as this video ran through its paces) to come up with the definitive count for the year: twenty three (23).

From Machan’s Beach (Cairns) in the north to Baulkham Hills (Sydney) in the south.

(2017 housesit locations. Not pictured: Baulkham Hills (Sydney), New South Wales.)

So, with a little favourite music in the background, and arrayed in alphabetical order, here are my feathery, furry, and finned clients of 2017:

Here’s to 2018 and all who sail in her!

Bill Quinn
Bill The Housesitter

Sydney, New South Wales

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[Reference] Mount Ommaney, Queensland – One very assertive middle-aged Maltese Shih-Tzu

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Mount Ommaney was yet another of those handy little Tetris pieces of a housesit that slotted fairly neatly into a gap in my housesitting schedule for the fractured mess that is my 2017.

Well, 2017’s not so much a fractured mess, but more like how a favoured author of mine describes the geography and topography of Norway: a landscape that resembles a dropped plate.

So, if memory serves, this opportunity in Mount Ommaney came courtesy of my association with a new housesitting website, and after I applied, it came extremely quickly.

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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.

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My 2016 Dance Card Is Now Full

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As of this morning, Bill The Housesitter is now booked until at least 5 January 2017.

I have some dates already booked in for the first half of 2017 – see my Availability page for full details.

However, all dates are now spoken for in 2016, and hopefully will stay that way, the various good gods-willing, and if the creeks don’t rise and the crops don’t fail. 😉

In fact, I’m even taking two weeks for myself and having a holiday in Queensland, NSW, ACT and Victoria. This is something I would not even have considered towards the start of this year.

But while some cruel and even tragic* things have happened this year, on balance, it goes well. Good things are happening, and a little time for #1 is in order.

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Full as a goog, as my old mum would say!

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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!

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Raby Bay. Image courtesy of www.peterbellingham.com

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