We now have 4 house pet sits in England

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.macchewing015

How to save money by setting up pet and house sitting

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.

linda david and dogs_small  Here is a photograph of us with Mac ( white dog) and a couple of dog cousins.

Rock of Gibraltar, our second port of call on the cruise ship Celebrity Constellation

This was our second stop on our cross Atlantic cruise on the Celebrity ship, the Constellation.  We landed in Gibraltar on April 19.  This post is so late because we had a slow and expensive internet connection on the ship.  We are now in Rome and I am  catching up on this blog.

Neither one of us had ever been to Gibraltar (part of the United Kingdom) before and we were really excited to see it.  It is a peninsula that is located at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea and has been of strategic importance to many countries over the centuries.  It has been a part of the United Kingdom since 1704.  I actually had to get up at 6:30 AM for the tour and the sun did not come up until 7:30 so I got these wonderful photos of the sunrise over the rock of Gibraltar. gib dawn rock 5x7 small gibraltar dawn 1 5x7 smll

We arranged this private tour ourselves and we had five other people join our tour. (if you want more information about how to do this see our last post , Madeira ).  Our group was very friendly and we had an awesome tour guide named Ronald.  Here is a picture of us getting picked up at the ship;our gib group small ronald gib guide 5x7 smallThis tour was 3 hours long and Ronald took us to the major sites on the peninsula;  the Europa Point lighthouse (where the Atlantic Ocean becomes the Mediterranean Sea), up to almost the top of the rock which is a nature reserve for the Barbary Apes.  I loved seeing these smart animals being free to roam in their troops; then nature reserves feed them a healthy diet to supplement  their natural findings.ape eating 5x7 small ape eating orange 5x7 cape europa lighthouse 5x7 small furry ape 5x7 small

A highlight of the tour was the exploration of St. Michael’s caves.  The caves were at least 700 ft. deep and filled with dramatic columns of limestone that they had lit with blue and green lights.cave blue lace 5x7 small cave green lace 5x7 small cave stalactites grn 5x7 small

Then we stopped at a castle that was built by the Moors centuries ago.  It had a great view of the Gibraltar coast line.moorish castle gibraltar 5x7 smallcoastline view from Gibraltar 5x7 small

Then we went to Mass in the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned.  It was a lovely day.