Pet Lovers / House Carers
70, Home duties / Church Organist / Elder.
74, Retired Office Manager & Finance Operations Mgr.
RETIRED - MARRIED COUPLE / NON SMOKERS or DRINKERS. House proud home owners ourselves. ADELAIDE based.
EXPERIENCED SITTERS. (done over 30 sits -inc 5 repeats) HONEST & RELIABLE.
Current verifiable REFERENCES & POLICE CHECKS. See also "our Endorsements" from delighted home owners.
PET LOVERS who CARE FOR and CUDDLE your beloved animals, NOT just "occupiers" who put out a dish of food or clean water - when remembered. Walking of dogs is not a problem and is in fact part of our regular exercise routine.
RESPECTFUL OF YOUR PROPERTY AND PRIVACY.
Health is good. Mobile & active. Stairs are no problem. Own vehicle so we do NOT use yours. Usually with our caravan in tow.
I, (Bethwyn) until recently was an active Church Elder / Carer and Organist, at our local Uniting Church in Adelaide. I also relieved music vacancies for other nearby Uniting Church, Baptist and Church of Christ congregations when needed. When at home, I work in an "OPP SHOP" and have done so while on "sits".
My husband (Bill) was the Property / Events Supervisor - responsible for all hall bookings and renovation projects, including organizing Garage Sales, Model Railway Shows, monthly Community Luncheons and Concerts. Our extended travels and absences over the last few years have led to us to step aside from those duties.
We are effectively NON DRINKERS and certainly NON SMOKERS.
HAD all the USUAL PETS (see below) when our children were younger and love cuddly friends. i.e Cats, dogs, rabbits & birds. Had a large fish pond.
WE DO NOT MIND TRAVELLING to an area to sit. We usually bring our caravan so that we then have a holiday on the way to the "sit". Then we explore a little more distant within your area before heading off, either home or to another nearby sit. (when the van may be useful to cover any gap)
We DO NOT leave your house until you return and have inspected it. If we then have a subsequent nearby sit, we have our own accommodation over any gap.
YOU WILL NOT RETURN TO DIRTY LAUNDRY as we use our own sheets and towels in the last few days and wash anything we may have used or that you may have left behind. You probably have enough of your own to do when you get back.
WE FIRST SAT AT IPSWICH in 2010 and then in 2011 at TERRIGAL and NOWRA. In 2012 we sat at MT. EVELYN, LAKES ENTRANCE, and at MT. ELIZA.
In 2013 we sat at WOLLONGONG (March) and at YANKALILLA (Sept) & PADTHAWAY (latter two in S.A) in Oct / Nov.
In 2014 we sat at MILTON (near Ulladulla) and NEWCASTLE in NSW, GOONDIWINDI on the Qld border then at LAKES ENTRANCE (Vic) and then at WOLLONGONG (NSW) before heading back to Adelaide. These latter two were return (second time) visits / sits for the same people. In all, 10 months away.
Only 2 sits in 2015 at POINT COOK in Victoria and then a repeat (3rd) sit for the same couple (and their 2 "children") at LAKES ENTRANCE. Then home to enjoy some significant grand-daughter birthday celebrations and major school / Uni events and to then totally renovate our kitchen.
5 Sits in 2016, (Brisbane, Palm Beach, Toowoomba, Safety Beach,(near Coff's Harbour) and finally 9 days at Mackay.
Then another 4 months touring Nthn Qld and the Nthn Territory before returning home at the beginning of Sept. Total time away was 7 mths.
For 2017 we attended the Avalon Air Show at Geelong in early March and then headed north for a sit at Canberra (17/3 to 26/3 and then to Kingaroy (Qld) from 3rd April to 17th. Then back home to Adelaide for some important birthday functions. Beginning early July we headed to Darwin and then did a lovely sit there before going across to Western Australia via Broome, with a short sit in Perth before heading home.
Last year, (2018) we sat at Brisbane (repeat) then Caboolture and then on the Gold Coast. Home in Adelaide for Christmas.
All owners have supplied GLOWING REFERENCES, and remained in contact with us. For one couple we have "sat" for them 3 times, and another couple twice with one sit we had to decline. Other home owners have left "endorsements" on Aussie House Sitters which you may easily inspect..
My husband has now retired after a career in banking & finance and then as office manager for a garden supply company. There he also managed rental properties and the safety training and recruitment of amusement staff for the annual Royal Adelaide Show. In his younger days he played Aussie Rules football, was secretary / manager / trainer and did just about everything apart from coach.
As a couple, we have circled Australia twice in our various caravans, the first time 30 years ago with our two children. About 10 years ago we repeated the trip. Then 8 years ago we joined a Uniting Church "work party" going to Tennant Creek before heading to Darwin again. Since then we have "house sat" for varying periods each year, 2014 year being the longest.
OUR GARDEN IS NEAT & TIDY. My husband (Bill) is the worker who mows and trims etc and I am the "director" who knows the different plants and how to handle them. We feel very capable of maintaining your garden to your complete satisfaction. Now "experts" on ride on mowers.
Bill is also very much a "handyman" who can handle almost all household repair problems - or knows who should be contacted to fix them. (with your approval ) We have fixed leaking taps at 2 sits, replaced storm damaged fence palings at Ipswich and most recently repaired a critical "garden only" bore water pump when it died. At Lakes Entrance I "filled in" for our host at her local Op-Shop and as Church Organist.
As our 2 children grew up they had the USUAL ARRAY OF FAMILY PETS such as CATS, DOGS, GOLDFISH & RABBITS. At Ipswich we cared for Peach Faced Parrots and recently for a White Dove / pigeon. As part of our "sits" we have also cared for guinea pigs and poultry
WE HAVE CARED FOR all size DOGS (and 5 cats) and lost our hearts to each, some sleeping on our bed. We could easily "kidnap" any of them. Your pets are now our pets - allowing us to travel.
We are respectful of your trust in allowing us to "sit" for you and have no interest in your personal or business dealings apart from ensuring the house and "children" are safe and well.
WE ARE HAPPY FOR YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS TO "POP IN" to pick up the mail or check on the situation if you desire.
THE HOUSE WILL BE CLEAN AND TIDY AT ALL TIMES and the "children" (your pets) happy and lovingly cared for.
We are happy with most pets but not overly comfortable at the thought of dealing with farm animals; even though any horse or cow will get a friendly pat at the "Royal Show". We do not however mind rural areas.
Thank you for your interest. We welcome your enquiry and will happily try to help. Your area may be one we have not considered or visited and may be just the "spark" to induce us to make a special trip. PHONE enquiries are WELCOME.
AVAILABILITY: Please see dates above. WE DO NOT SIT OVER CHRISTMAS due to family committments., Ideally NSW or Sthn Qld (or Vic if we are ready to head home). Do not be afaid to ask though.