Hello, we are Gill and Ric, a non-smoking, fit, retired professional couple. We pride ourselves in taking very good care of the homes and gardens entrusted to us. We are good communicators and organisers and happily stay in touch with owners before, during and after the sit.
We love to travel and really enjoy taking good care of pets and their owners' homes and gardens as we make our way around Australia and other Countries.
We have a genuine love for animals and have looked after a variety of family pets. We understand pets need company, familiar routines and dogs in particular need plenty of exercise and that fits in with our love of walking.
For us it’s become an unexpected but very enjoyable way of life. We love a change of scenery, but we know that pets don’t; they like routine, exercise and lots of TLC and we are delighted to provide that.
We care for homes and gardens as if they were our own. We are adaptable and resourceful enough to cope with any challenges that might crop up, and we are yet to find a much-loved pet that we haven’t bonded with quickly and enjoyed looking after.
While most of our house-sitting (and references) are in Australia, we are also looking for house-sits overseas as we love to spend some time immersing ourselves in different places and cultures, working on rusty language skills and getting to meet some locals.
Whilst we are new to this site we have over 10 years of experience through other housesitting sites, personal referrals and many repeat sites. We have a long list of references and great relationships (human and non-human) from our current and previous extended period of house-sitting.
A little background on us; Ric had a long and successful career as a journalist, foreign and war correspondent and manager and senior news executive for Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC.
Gill was a senior fashion buyer in London for 19 years before taking a sabbatical to live in Spain and Mexico for a couple of years. Gill changed careers becoming involved in social justice work and women's support groups.
We met travelling in South America 20 years ago and now travel mostly in Australia.
Having retired we now split our time between housesitting, camping/ bush walking in remote Australian national parks and using our professional skills volunteering for Australian Business Volunteers overseas.
We are very keen gardeners and belong to our local community garden where we grow organic fruit and vegetables. On the road we enjoy looking after the gardens left in our care - one sit we looked after 200+ Bonsai trees through an exceptionally hot summer and they all survived.
We have a list of references from around Australia. Many of these are repeat sits. We would be very happy to provide you with these and more background and personal details.
We are occasionally out of phone signal when we travel, so the best way to contact us is by and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.
Cheers Gill and Ric