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Happy wanderer with B&B experience

ID: aqi

Name:

Jill

Is / are:

Single

Age group:

55 plus

Profession:

Retired - Worked in administration, part-time gardening and home maintenance. Managed my own bed and breakfast accommodation.

Years active:

4 years

Preferred locations:

VIC (full regions list)

Reply rating:

5 out of 5

More information about this house sitter

I am retired from the work-force and live in Castlemaine. I am an occasional writer. I love walking and riding my bike when I can. I have a small (but lovely) garden in Castlemaine.

Prior to my move to country Victoria, I lived in North Melbourne and Port Melbourne. My adult family members live within commuting distance of Melbourne - and in East Gippsland.

My interests include:
- (as already mentioned) ... writing. I usually write something every single day. I am part of a group of writing friends, who converse via emails and phone. Writing is a stimulating and enriching way to keep in touch
- I am a member of the local Peace Choir, which now has more than one hundred singers
- If there is a heated pool anywhere close, I like to swim - and in the summer, I absolutely love swimming in the sea
- I always have a large number of books at hand, as reading is a fantastic thing to do when there's a bit of spare time.
- I play Scrabble and 500 with friends. It's usually a social occasion as well, with food to share.

I have a love for great building design and architecture and for many years, owned a historic stone building, which I converted from its original use as a school to a rather unusual home.

As a keen gardener. I enjoy planning garden upgrades and am happy to help re-design (or fix up) a tired looking garden. As a house sitter, I enjoyed renovating a rather sad-looking strawberry patch at a home I minded. The family's beautiful dog loved to sit in the strawberry patch on sunny days, but the consequence of all this sitting, was the ruin of the strawberry patch. With a bit of work and care, the strawberry patch was rejuvenated and with a 'roof' of chicken wire, was potentially a good place, once again, for the strawberries to grow.

A lot of my spare time is spent reading - books, newspapers and magazines. I appreciate seeing a brilliant film and am continually amazed at great cinematography.

I am a grand-mother with three adult children (completely independent), the oldest of whom has just turned fifty years. I have four grand children aged 7, 11, 14 and 16 years, whom I love to bits.

I spend a lot of time with my daughters and their families in their family homes, whenever I can. I travel to East Gippsland whenever I can do so. My house-sitting clients are predominantly in seaside locations, inner city Mellbourne and East Gippsland.

I'm fortunate to have friends living in the local Castlemaine district, Geelong, East Gippsland, Port Fairy and throughout Melbourne. One of the home owners, whose home I have minded previously, now lives in NSW and I hope to mind her house in this new location, at some time in the future.

My favourite country, outside of Australia, is Greece, where my sister lives.

In Victoria, my favourite walking places are beside the sea (early in the morning) and in winter, in ferny forests.

I am a social being, enjoying the company of other people; cooking, seeing a film, bush-walking, playing scrabble, sharing dinner.... any, or all of the above!

It is many years since I had pets of my own and (mainly because I do spend a lot of time away from home), I currently do not have any pets of my own. However I enjoy walking the various dogs I have minded and watching the antics of cats during their 'witching hours' in their own homes.

Until mid 2017, I ran a small B&B business in my unusual stone house, which had previously been a school. That background provided me with the know-how to be able to run a small B&B business. I would be pleased to look after a small B&B, should a mindahome home owner need to take a break away from home for a short time.

I am a non-smoker and a social drinker.

I have minded homes belonging to family and friends in and around Melbourne and in Warrnambool - and have also minded many homes through mindahome. My house sitting bookings have included homes and pets located in Frankston, Frankston South, Sale, Coburg, Langwarren and Parkdale.

Where possible, I like to go back to mind homes and pets for families whose homes and pets I have minded previously.

I love travel and have travelled extensively throughout Australia, Europe and Asia.

Your home and garden will be very well cared for in your absence. If as a home owner, you would like me to 'really tidy up the place' I am happy to do so.

I can provide references, a police check and a working with children certificate.

Thank you. I hope to meet you in the future!
Jill
Castlemaine

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