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Adaptability…..The Name of the Game

I am choosing not to get into all the hype, moaning, and complaining about the current world situation. Have we been massively inconvenienced by this virus, yes, just like millions of others. However, for those of us that have chosen a nomadic like lifestyle, honestly, this is just one more adventure. If anything I am having more trouble coping with our excessively brown, cold spring. But, like everything else it will improve.

Facebook Snooze Feature
I am intensely pleased by the amount of positive posts I have seen on social media. This in part is due to an aggressive use of  the “30  day snooze” feature on Facebook. I love all my friends, but  some people need to give it  a rest.

Housesitting is  about adaptability and looking for  opportunities. Fortunately for us we happened to be in our “home” city  when everything went sideways. The support and assistance we have received from friends and family has been uplifting.

Three Amigos
Our long term house sit ended a week early in late March (no problem) and we had to say goodbye to these three characters.

Our next two short term sits disappeared within days of each other. All expected and reasonable decisions by all parties involved.

Popa Paradise
Admittedly we  were very disappointed when our next 6 month sit from May to November was cancelled, but once again a reasonable decision and very well handled by the owner. Given our less than stellar spring, this view will very much be missed.

We are currently hunkered down at Karen’s Mom’s place (man am I lucky to get along so well with my Mother-in-law!) and starting each day looking for wildlife  out the front window.

Part of our daily excitement is looking for Harold (Karen has named him). Watching this bunny change colour daily as we are inundated with snow provides a certain degree of entertainment.

On the house sitting front we are curious and optimistic to see what is going to develop over the next year. I, for one, believe we will slowly return to “normal”, albeit  with minor changes in behaviour and procedures learned from this current situation. As opportunities present themselves we will pursue them, and who knows what direction these opportunities will take us. We will adapt and we will continue to enjoy our lives. I hope all of you do as well.

First Spring Robin
On our walk yesterday we saw our first robin of the year. A sure sign of spring, and hope.


Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

4 comments on “Adaptability…..The Name of the Game

  1. Rosemary and Graham Hosking

    Great to read your positive post and to know you are at home and close to love ones. We are doing well here in Adelaide and making the most of our garden during this enforced stay at home period Sadly we lost our beautiful Sophie dog on March first.. But In true Sophie fashion she was bouncy and welcoming right to the end hiding her sickness so well. We miss her terribly but hopefully will welcome another fur baby into our family one day soon.

    • We were truly saddened when we heard about Sophie. You certainly do have a wonderful garden to retreat to. We envy you that. Take care.

  2. Dirk De Jong

    Thankfully, you’re back in Canada and able to avail yourselves of healthcare in your home province, should that horrible need suddenly arise. Stay healthy Peter and keep on enjoying the adventure. It sounds almost better than “living the dream” with CPS.

  3. Love your attitude! We couldn’t agree more, it will return but who knows what “normal will look like”?
    We are still hopeful that our two month sit in Coin, Spain will actually happen. Meanwhile we enjoy our home, and the weather, in Arizona.
    Be well and stay healthy. Best to Karen.
    John & Bev

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