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.
Hale Kai is the small , intimate group of condos from the 70’s that has been rennovated. It is right on the ocean and is only 2 stories high. This type of small condos are quite unique for this part of Maui. The northwestern part of Maui is dominated by large ritzy developments by big companies like Marriot, Ritz Carlton, and Hyatt etc. The people who come to Hale Kai come every year on the same weeks. They book their condos a year in advance and have made friends over the years.
One of their traditions is that every night at sunset people gather around the pool and have drinks and celebrate another day in paradise. They blow conch shells like the old Hawaiians to announce the sunset, a birthday or a new comer to the group. It is quite charming.
Here is the sunset that we were celebrating tonight. Since it was Sunday night we all got invitations to bring pupus ( little munchies) and make it a party with food. The pupus were excellent and everyone is crowding around the snack table to try the tempting morsels. Ladies were asking for recipes and talking about their sea adventures here on the island.
We have met several really nice people. What I really like are the moms and daughters that come back together every year. Here are some photos I took of two of them.
How lucky these women are that they can spend special time with their moms, I wish my mom could have done this with me.
Well, it is off to bed as a new adventure is calling us tomorrow. Aloha!