Large animal experience
47, Software Developer
We are two professionals, who decided in early 2009 to leave Australia behind and see the world on motorbikes. Since then we've travelled through much of SE Asia, before returning to Australia in late 2012. Wanting to see more of our own country, we decided to head for outback Queensland, where we've been working on a sheep/cattle station for more than a year now.
Ann is a 53 year old accountant and Lucas a 47 year old software developer. Since leaving Australia Lucas has continued to write software, write for the blog, and work on his other passion - photography.
Why we want to house sit -
Travelling has always been a big part of our lives. And of course we both enjoy experiencing new people, places and cultures, but since embarking on our latest journey we've also discovered the positives of just staying put for a while. As we have no ties, few possessions, and a modest but steady income, it occurred to us that house sitting might really suit our lifestyle.
We are currently in the process of selling a motel in western Queensland, which is due to settle in February. From then onwards we are looking for some temporary accommodation before deciding on a new direction.
Ann is a qualified accountant, and practiced for many years at a city accounting firm. Her previous positions include administration, secretarial, nursing and domestic work.
Lucas is a qualified software developer, and has been responsible for developing and maintaining large financial systems. Previous positions include IT Helpdesk, and work as a gardener, landscaper, and maintenance person.
Experience - The experience of leaving behind all our possessions, friends, family and job security, for life on the road has taught us a great deal about ourselves and what we are capable of. For example, during our travels throughout SE Asia, we have undertaken most of the major repairs and maintenance of the motorcycles ourselves, often in difficult conditions.
This self-reliance extends to all the little issues that inevitably crop up with a house, including small indoor repairs and maintenance, maintenance of the garden and care of any animals. Recently we have also gained experience on a larger property, with larger animals and larger issues, including maintaining feed and water during drought conditions. The list is pretty comprehensive, and includes everything from shoveling dirt, mustering, stock work, fencing, operating heavy machinery, to fixing windmills.
We are both keen gardeners, Lucas having many years work experience with large properties and equipment, so would appreciate any opportunity to spend time in your garden. We have also lived in two houses with swimming pools, so have experience maintaining both salt water and chlorine pools.
Being former home owners ourselves both in the UK and Australia, we fully understand the need to respect and treat your property as if it were our own.
Our experience with small domestic animals includes dogs, cats, chickens and geese. We also have extensive experience with larger animals including horses, cattle, sheep, alpacas and pigs.
Ann has previously completed obedience training with large dogs, and has comprehensive experience with horses, including show jumping and harness racing.
Being an active couple, we both enjoy regular long walks, so would welcome the company of your dogs.
Previous assignments -
House sit 1 week, Edens Landing, QLD. Looking after 2 dogs and several chooks. Maintaining a suburban home.
House sit 1 month, Kingscliff, NSW. Looking after an elderly dog. House and yard maintenance.
House sit 3 months, Wellington Point, Brisbane. House and yard maintenance.
House sit 2 months, Glen Innes, NSW. Looking after 2 dogs and several chooks. House and yard maintenance.
Wwoofing/HelpX 18 months, Tambo, Australia.
Jackarooing on an outback sheep / cattle station.
House sit 1 month, Bangkok, Thailand. Inner city apartment. Security presence.
House sit 3 months, St. Amand Le Petit, France Looking after house sheep and dogs in the winter months, felling trees for next winter.
House sit 1 1/2 years Sungai Petani, Malaysia Responsibility for a large family home, including upkeep of the garden, indoor cleaning and maintenance, supervision of contractors and domestic staff, mail collection, and general security.
House sit 3 weeks, Brisbane, Australia Responsibility for a suburban home, including interior upkeep, general garden maintenance, and mail collection, we also returned to this property to look after their home while they were in Canada for 6 weeks.
Our preferences -
We're up for anything really, but would prefer somewhere rural, or at least quiet - the local night life doesn't interest us much these days. We're also avid skype users, so if you're interested we'd love to meet with you face to face.