Most of our posts are focused on the locations we are visiting rather than on the details of our accommodation. We are now in the beautiful village of Metchosin, just outside of Victoria, British Columbia, but it is our accommodation that is the adventure, thus the focus of this missive.Continue reading “Housesit: We’ve chosen Metchosin”
We’ve been incredibly lucky with weather since September. We had some rain in England, but not enough to keep us from getting out and seeing everything we wanted to. We had cold and snow in Switzerland in December, but no surprise there (though I did whine about the cold in one post). We had some rain and even a little dusting of snow in Umbria, but we managed to get to all the places we really wanted to go, and we were so warm and cozy in our home in the beautiful Umbrian hillside that we really didn’t mind a bit. Continue reading “Naples and the Amalfi Coast”
We are house- and pet-sitting in the oldest city in Ireland–Waterford. Our home for a short time is about 8km out of the center of town, and comes complete with 2 dogs, a cat, chickens, and ducks. Though it sounds like a busy household, it is actually very serene. Continue reading “Waterford: First impressions”
For the last 10 days or so we have been taking short driving trips from our temporary home in Melksham, Wiltshire County, to explore the little towns and villages that surround us. On some of our outings, we take our 3 canine charges with us and give them a good walk in parks or fields, and then they happily snooze in the boot of the hatchback car while we take a turn on our own in the village (it’s cool enough here to do this safely). Continue reading “Melksham: Sticks and stones”
We have arrived in Melksham, Wiltshire, UK. We took a direct Vancouver to London flight followed by three trains, and arrived at the Melksham station mid-afternoon the following day. Continue reading “Melksham: Trains, locks and Jacks”
We managed to fit in a final trip to Calgary before heading overseas in September. It’s about a 12-hour drive each way between Vancouver and Calgary, but we couldn’t resist the opportunity for a few more grandson hugs.
We were very fortunate to be be chosen as house and pet sitters for a home in the Highlands area of Greater Victoria. All around us are public and private lakes and thick, West Coast forest full of walking trails and many surprises along the way. Large Douglas Firs, Arbutus, and Cedars create a canopy for the salal, ferns, moss and ground cover plants that are ubiquitous in this part of the world. Continue reading “Victoria: A Boxer and a Poodle”
I’m not very good at small talk, and getting to know new people is a challenge for me. I can manage, but I always feel a bit awkward. (Luckily, Ken is completely the opposite and can strike up an easy conversation with just about anybody.)