We have been married more than 30 years and have owned and maintained our own home for most of that time. Now that our children are grown, we are spending time travelling and discovering about lifestyles in other places. We have owned and tended a one hundred year old home on country property, with solar electricity and large, solar heated swimming pool, a hot tub and a fish pond-for more than a dozen years.
We love animals and can care for most, with the exception of indoor cats, due to allergies. We both enjoy spending time learning about and exploring other places and meeting new friends. We believe that adventure in our lives expands our horizons. We enjoy artistic ventures, photography, writing, and Laurie has been a clay artist and sculptor. Laurie works on long term assignments and has worked in a number of locations in the US, as well as Germany. Neil is able to work from his computer. We are enjoying some fun travel time and a chance to explore possible new location for a more permanent residence. We are currently traveling and taking housesitting assignments, because we like to stay in a place long enough to really get to know it and meet the local residents.
Recent housesitting assignments have included taking care of a beautiful 4200 sq ft home filled with art treasures and caring for a 12-acre orchard and 1-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. Prior to houesitting, we have owned three of our own homes and understand the needs of homeowners.
We have left our home and pets in the care of others on several occasions and we know that entrusting your home to strangers can be a bit daunting. We always provide lots of information to homeowners and are happy to speak with them on the phone or until they can get to know us a bit better and feel comfortable with us. We are very responsible and well organized and leave nothing to chance. We will be sure that we know everything that you expect when we housesit for you and make sure that we carry out all your instructions to the letter.
We are excellent at adapting to new environments and enjoy learning about new places. Neil has been an avid student of home maintenance and repair and has developed the diy skills to handle home related problems that occasionally occur. Having lived in three different homes that we owned, we are able to tackle almost any homeowner challenge! We have had a large swimming pool, cared for a fish pond, raised chickens and a bunny and dealt with a well, septic system and extensive grounds keeping in our prevoius homes. We have always tended a flower and vegetable garden and we love to grow organic produce. In our housesitting assignments,
Neil has replaced an ionizer in a fish pond, reset electronic appliances after a power outage, changed halogen bulbs, reprogrammed a garage door opener, and reconfigured a well-water pump, to name a few. We love dogs, have owned three and always relish becoming friends with beloved pets. We have also owned chickens, ducks, fish, and some smaller animals, including a rabbit and a rat.
We are enthusiastic, friendly, well organized, and excellent at communication. If you are in need of a responsible, reliable couple to take care of your home and/or pets, we'd love to hear from you.