Alexandra and Julius. I was born in Australia but have spent the last twenty years in Europe (mostly Germany, but a few years in Sweden). Alexandra is German, of the rare humorous good-natured sort. A small stipend from my father allows us to lead the lives of artists. I am comfortable with all kinds of pets, Alex is slightly nervous around big dogs until she gets to know them. She is a very keen gardener and created a lovely garden from a virtual wasteland in the Czech republic where we have been house-sitting off and on for the last three years. (My father has a house there abandoned by his parents shortly after WW2) We know how to maintain older buildings and have become adept at dealing with unusual problems. Alex has never been to UK and neither of us have stayed longer than a few weeks in France. We would very much like to remedy either situation.