We are here at the southwestern tip of Wales, in Druidston near Haverfordwest out on a small farm and taking care of sweet Nell, the border collie. We do not have sheep for her to herd so she must make do with us.She loves walks in the fields but really loves to chase the ball. Here she is catching the ball.We have been in the city for all of the sits this year, so coming out to the country is an entirely different feeling. We can see the sea from our bedroom. Those tiny dots on the hill are cows.This was a clear and sunny day, but most of the days have been overcast, windy and rainy, which is fun for us since California hardly ever gets rain. Yesterday, we went to two small beaches near us, Little Haven and Broad Haven. (“Haven” comes from the Norse havn meaning harbor.) The wind was almost 40 miles per hour, which made the waves very large and strong. I was up on a promontory over the ocean and I nearly blew away taking this photo.In the harbor it was a different story. The waves were small because they were protected by the high cliffs.
Little Haven harbor
Here is a photo of me being blown away.We then drove over the hill from Little Haven to Broad Haven beach, which is a very long and sandy beach .
Broad Haven beach
We also went one evening to Druidston beach, which is by where we are staying. After walking down a very steep dirt lane we were able to watch the sun set over the beautiful and almost empty beach. You get a feeling of being alone with nature here.
Here is one of my favorite photographs of David walking on the beach.One day we drove through the tiny lanes they call streets to Pembroke castle. This is a 13th century castle that has been restored so that you can climb the stairs in the various towers and read about what life was like in the Middle Ages.
They have set up a tableau of what dinner in the castle would have looked like in the 13th century.And they have free castle tours around four times a day. We went on the tour and learned a lot about the history of who lived in this famous castle and what they did.
We mostly have been hanging out and enjoying the country and the beach. Reading, playing with Nell, working on photographs, doing art in my journal and doing laundry. It is so beautiful and peaceful here.
Our next stop is a return to Stratford-upon-Avon to take care of Enzo the border terrier. We took care of him last year, and I am looking forward to seeing him and Anne and Steve again.
Our itinerary is almost complete for the Spring and Summer in Europe. We will be leaving on a trans Atlantic cruise from Fort Lauder dale at the end of April and will arrive in Amsterdam on May 7. This will be the beginning of six pet and house sits in Ireland and England that will last until the end of September. We are so excited that we get to spend 101 days taking care of sweet pets and meeting wonderful people. We will be taking care of all different kinds of animals from hamsters to kitty cats to dogs to chickens. What a wonderful set of animals to love and give cuddles too ( well not the chickens).
Many people are intrigued about our pet and house sitting adventures and wonder how we do it. We joined a website called Trustedhousesitters. It costs sitters $110 a year and you get 2 daily emails with the newest listings for people who are looking for a pet and house sitter. You contact the people you are interested in and wait to see if they choose you to talk to about their vacation plans. We have excellent references from the six house sits we did last summer and of course this blog to let prospective families know who we are and that we are pet lovers. Plus we are good people who take care of their home as if it was our own. It is hard for someone to let a complete stranger into their home to take care of their precious pets so we try to make this selection as easy as possible for the people we sit for.
They normally choose two or more people to talk too on Skype and then make up their minds. When we are chosen we add their dates to our calendar.
If you are interested in this and want to sign up for trusted housesitters, just use my name as a referral (Linda Donnelly) and you will get 25% off the sign up fee and we will get 2 extra months of service. Here is their link; trusted housesitters.
Happy dance, we now have 4 house/pet sitting assignments in England between the months of May to August. This is so wonderful because we will get to take care of some very sweet dogs and kitty cats. We will also get to know and become friends with some lovely people. We feel so honored to be chosen by these wonderful people to take care of their homes and their furry friends. Thank you.
Still will be missing Mac, but this will really help.
We are applying to house and pet sit for some people in the United Kingdom. We miss our animals so much while we are away and we want to meet new people . House sitting will let us do both things. We have even been chosen already for a pet and house sit in May in England.
We know it must be hard for people to decide on who to choose when they get lots of applications to pet and house sit. We of course, think that we are perfect for the job and want to do it, lol. We were really lucky and have a pet and house sit in May in England which thrills us to no end. Of course , the fact that I am a photographer means that the photos we send people of their sweet animals will be an added gift as I will leave them for the owners. Here is a photograph of our dog cousin, Bernard
Budget Travel tip: We are asked how this works. We signed up with an online site called Trusted Housesitters. Then filled in an application and got some references. I applied as soon as possible when house and pet sitting assignments came up in the area we were interested in. If chosen you normally call or Skype and exchange information. Most of the time you agree to house and pet sit for free and you stay in the home owners home for free. You take care of their animals and home. This works out as a win/win for all involved. The home owner goes away feeling good about the fact that their animals get to stay at home with loving people and you get to see what it is like to live somewhere else in the world.
Here is a photograph of us with Mac ( white dog) and a couple of dog cousins.