If you’ve noticed a large gap in my posts and references on this page, you’re very observant.
I fell off a plane in Darwin on 26 March 2019 for what was to be my last housesit.
Mostly because I hadn’t *needed* to housesit to guarantee a roof over my head for over nine months. I did choose to honour my outstanding commitments, and also chose to finish in the Northern Territory – the last of the eight main jurisdictions in Terra Australis I’d not set foot on until that day.
And then a funny thing happened. I could afford a much grander lifestyle, and when July 2021 kicked in, I could afford a much grander lifestyle. But by then, I was dug in. I’d embraced the gypsy lifestyle, and moving around from place to place had become my normal.
Never say never, famous last words, and don’t put the mockers on yourself. I stayed in the NT for two years nine months, and as soon as I mumbled the words ‘house sitter’ in company, the offers came pouring in. I had gigs all over Darwin and Palmerston for two years.
I probably would have left NT in late 2020, despite the relentless march of Covid19 and the territory’s relative insulation from its worst ravages. But a chance Facebook post had me enter into a recurring two-week-on, two-week-off arrangement from December 2020 to July 2021.
Despite my many, many housesits in Darwin and Palmerston from March 2019 onwards, this was the one and only written reference I received:
Back in December 2020, I put up an ad on Facebook for a house/dog sitter for two weeks. I work a two weeks on/two weeks off FIFO roster.
Bill answered my ad and come and looked after my two dogs and house for me. I have a very boisterous staffy (Roy), and a little foxy x Jack Russell (Moo). Both dogs are super spoilt and both inside/outside dogs.
When I returned from work, Bill picked me up at the airport. When I dropped him off I said, if you are interested in sitting again, let me know. To my surprise he said, “Yes!!!!”
Eight months later, Bill has looked after my home and dogs every other two weeks.
I also let him borrow my car as he is THE ONLY sitter I have ever had that has taken my dogs to the beach for walks. This means so much to me. And there is always fuel in the car when I return.
I can go to work, knowing my dogs and home are safe. My dogs are happy and well looked after. My home is spotless, just the way I left it, and Bill even washes his bedding before leaving.
I work a very demanding job, so going to work and not having to stress about what’s going at at home means a lot to me. I barely have to message Bill to even check in with him, as I know everything is fine.
Bill has never accepted money from me even when I have offered it. He is just simply happy to sit for me. So understandably when Bill told me he is going to move on from Darwin, I was a little upset, but I wish Bill all the best with his new ventures in life.
My dogs love Bill, I love Bill. I highly recommend him to anyone that is looking for a clean, tidy and respectable house sitter.
Hope, Moo and Roy