Aug 29

Up the elephant and round the catty

Our next house-sit is just a short tube ride away, possibly the easiest and cheapest of our journeys to date.

Aug 26

I love London!

Being in London in a house with a dog, two cats, two rats and a hamster has meant that we’ve been really busy, but seeing as we’ve actually had a request for more posts (thanks Katie) we’d better oblige.

Aug 16

Mission Possible?

It feels very strange to be back in the suburbs of London. I grew up in the South East and Eastcote, while in the West, is very similar if not a little leafier.

Aug 14

House-sitting highlights – Hoofddorp

So, after three weeks living an idyllic life in Dutch suburbs we've left Hoofddorp. Here's a snapshot of our favourite experiences from the trip.

Aug 10

One night in Haarlem

This trip is not only a great way to see more of Europe, it is an exercise in deciding whether we can survive on freelance wages without the added pressures of rent and bills.

Aug 8

What happens if you lose one?

We have been asked this question more than once since we began telling friends and family our plans. It is a valid question, as the responsibility of looking after somebody's cherished pet should not be taken lightly. Animals will be animals and sometimes, regardless of how well trained they are, they will surprise you.

Aug 2

Saved by the beagles!

Today I got my first paid (hopefully) "virtual" job through Elance. I woke up to find the good news among my emails and after the usual shower, breakfast etc began putting together my research materials using the internet.

Aug 1

Molen and bioscoops

Haarlem, described as the younger sibling to Amsterdam, in its tourist pamphlet, has everything the larger city has and more. The canals, the beautifully wonky buildings and even the coffeeshops sit alongside a stunningly restored 18th century windmill.

Jul 26

Saddle-sore in Hoofddorp

Another beautiful morning in Hoofddorp called for an outing a little further afield today so we put together a picnic, grabbed the bikes from the garage and off we went to Haarlemmermeerse Bos.

Jul 24

Spikes and skites

Our first full day in the Netherlands was an interesting one. Not only have we bought crickets and worms for the lizards that we are looking after, we've also been shopping for supplies for us humans.