Students of Life
We are an active retired couple in our late 60s who spent our formative years working outside of Australia mostly in Southern Africa where my husband was employed by US Company Johnson & Johnson as a Research Chemist. At this time I was employed as Secretary for the East London Chamber of Commerce in South Africa.
We did not realise it at the time but it was the beginning of our adventure in House Sitting for people who required their precious pets, homes & households to be cared for as if they were our own. As we came with only baggage and had good referees from J & J and Australia we were contacted by the President of the East London Rotary and asked if we were available to housesit their property in East London while he & his wife were in the USA for six weeks to attend a Rotary Conference and holiday. Following this housesit we were swamped with offers from numerous East London businessmen to look after their properties to such an extent that we did so for the next 4 years before we finally built a Cape Dutch house in Bonza Bay close to East London.
Even after we lived in our own house, people still implored us to look after their properties when they travelled outside of Africa mostly to the UK & Europe. As we had made friends with most of these home owners we took on some House/Pet sitting assignments as a favour. During our time in Africa, my husband and I travelled extensively to Kenya,(Rhodesia) Zimbabwe, Namibia(South West Africa) Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Wild Coast, Seychelles Mauritius, Maldives, Sri Lanka to name a few. While working for J & J in South Africa & Australia my husband travelled on business to Europe, UK & USA
Early in 1980 my husband was transferred back to Australia as Research Manager J & J Sydney Australia and then as Product Manager for J & J Baby Products International. We made our home in Castle Hill Sydney NSW and had a son Patrick who is now 29yrs old and working in Finance Industry in Sydney.
In 1998 we purchased Management Rights for a large Complex of 155 Townhouses on the Gold Coast in Queensland where we were the Property Managers for the Body Corporate and the Owners of the Townhouses. In this occupation, we gained a wealth of knowledge in looking after people's homes and property.
We retired in 2012 on the Gold Coast where I am a volunteer for The Benevolent Society (Australia's oldest Charity) 2 days a week and my husband is a volunteer for Queensland Conservation & Wild Life Management in our National Parks on specialised team projects over the 12-month period.
Both my husband & I enjoy outdoor activities including Surfing, Kayaking, Bush Walking & Diving and indoor activities such as reading novels, cards and board games such as chess and scrabble.