Rural house sitting

We received an email from long time Mindahome house sitters Rick and Tara (members since 2014), describing their experiences house sitting in rural Tasmania back in 2015.

Screen Shot 05-24-17 at 03.43 PM 001Hi Mindahome, your article on rural house sitting was good and from our perspective on our 11th housesit in less than a year we are living rural, almost remote Tasmania.  We have a long housesit here now and love the peace and quiet.

The other advantages we didn’t expect where the friendly communities in the country.  The generosity and even work experience we are gaining.  Hubby has been helping fence paddocks and we moved cattle during one farmers short break.  So not just our homeowner benefits, but we are an extra pair of hands where needed. Learning all the time.

Screen Shot 05-24-17 at 03.42 PM 002We have been reaping the last of the summer harvest of home grown vegetables, and the neighbours all about have been giving and trading.  We arrived in mushroom season which was lovely and now the cold has set in.  We have been provided with good firewood as trade for fencing etc and even received a tank of petrol for watching the cattle for a few days. We have had over thirty kilos of free apples from local people which we have stewed bottled and frozen, given away to the people we have met in town.  Today I will be freezing carrots after a case was given us. So we are blessed and able to bless others.

Everyone looks out for each other out here and it’s got glorious scenery to boot.  We had no hesitation in accepting another rural housesit in Victoria.  We are amazed at how popular house sitting is and never expected to get so many requests.  We only wish we could help everyone.

Screen Shot 05-24-17 at 03.41 PM 001Another benefit is making friends along the way and we have people who ask for us to come back again, but it’s first in first served now. It’s a compliment when people want you back and recommend you to their friends.

On that note we have sent several of those who are word of mouth requests to your site.  We recommend it to everyone that asks. Out of three sites we have used in the past we prefer yours.  It is set out well and easy to use. Most of our work has been through Mindahome.  We will be renewing our membership with you again this year no worries there.

Rick and Tara
Looking forward to what’s around the next corner!

Everyone needs some time to get away

Farm lifeFor people who live on rural or semi-rural properties, it can sometimes be difficult to entrust the care of cattle, sheep or other pets to someone else while they get away for a while. But when Sue planned to travel for a few weeks, there was no question that having a house and pet sitter was a win/win situation for everyone.

With no immediate neighbours and two dogs, a fish pond, some wild birds and a half acre garden to care for, Sue needed someone who could immerse themselves in the way of the property and respect the environment and surrounds. Continue reading “Everyone needs some time to get away”

House Sitting a Farm – An Outback Adventure!

Country Farm Home

There are almost 135,000 farm businesses in Australia where more than 400 million hectares – over 50 per cent of the continent – is used for agriculture. These farms raise cattle, sheep, goats and chickens or grow rice, cotton, fruits, grains, sugarcane and a wide range of other produce. 99 per cent of farms in Australia are family-owned and operated. Because of the 24/7 demand of farm work, farmers and their families value their time off and use it to travel to other places in the country or overseas.

So, Who Takes Care of the Farm

When a farmer and his family want to travel on their time-off, finding someone to look after the farm can be a challenge. This brings up a big house sitting opportunity for those who love animals, crops, want a taste of farm life or just an chance escape the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a different kind of house sitting situation and becomes more of an adventure and learning experience. Continue reading “House Sitting a Farm – An Outback Adventure!”