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Kathryn and Alan

ID: 110h



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Age group:

55 plus


Retired and Public Servant

Preferred locations:

ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC (full regions list)

Reply rating:

5 out of 5

More information about this house sitter

We enjoy moving around exploring new environments. We also enjoy helping people travel and love meeting all the different pets. They bring us a lot of pleasure.

We have lived in Adelaide (as uni students - a while ago!), a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory (as teachers) ,a five acre rural plot on the outskirts of Darwin (as small business operators), London (as teachers), several suburbs in Sydney (as public servants) and an RV in the USA for eight months (as travellers and explorers).

We both have degrees (Bachelor of Education) and for many years we taught children in a range of different educational school contexts - primary schools, secondary schools, and adults in TAFE and private colleges.

We don't have any pets at the moment because we are house sitting full time but while living in the Northern Territory, we owned a five acre property where we had a beautiful dingo/Labrador dog called 'Streak' and a feisty wallaby called 'Tumbleweed.'

In Sydney, we've lived in a variety of different types of accommodation - an apartment in Glebe with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a three story house in Annandale, a heritage listed house in Haberfield, where we had Bella, our sleek, affectionate silver tabby cat; and an apartment in Burwood. We are very fexible and like to try different types of living abodes.

We have also lived in a 40 foot RV travelling through the USA. Livin' the life! This was a wonderful experience where we met so many people with so many stories to tell. It truly enriched our lives. We started in LA, headed north to the Yellowstone National Park, dipped our feet in the head waters of the mighty Mississippi River right up North, headed east to be in Vermont in the Fall and reached the east coast at Maine. Then we travelled down the East Coast to the southern tip - Key West before heading west again. Our mobile home was good to us.

After this journey, we came back to Sydney so that our daughter could start high school. She has just completed a Bachelor degree in Advertising and Media and is making her own tracks in life. We are so proud of her!

I currently work for the Australian Government and am transitioning to retirement. I work 4 days a week. Alan trades shares and commodities. He runs our own investment business. He works online, so he is able to work from 'anywhere' which is ideal for a house sit as he is home during the day to keep your home safe and pat the animals.

Our grand plan, in September 2020, is to buy a live aboard motor yacht in the USA and enrich our lives with days of exploration coupled with the tranquility and freedom the lifestyle brings. Blue water nomads. When we feel like a dose of land, we will housesit.

We are very ethical people and if you choose us to take care of your home and your beloved pets you can be sure that we will treat your home with respect and care for your pets as you would.

We hope you like our story and we look forward to helping you to 'get away' assured that you have very clean and reliable sitters in your home.

We a new to mindahome but have done a lot of sits in the AussieHousesitters site and have included those reviews below:

Kirsten - Beaufort VIC
SIT DATE: Dec 2019 - 5 days
Kathryn and Alan were fantastic house and pet sitters. I felt relaxed during my holiday knowing my pets were well taken care of. We returned to a beautifully clean house and a lovely gift and card. I can't recommend Kathryn and Alan enough! More than happy.

Annie - Aberfoyle Park SA
SIT DATE: Dec 2019 - 1 week
Kathryn and Alan came down to Adelaide from Sydney to look after our dog, cat and two house rabbits. They are very reliable and very clean and tidy and we are so grateful to them for allowing us to have a holiday. The pets are all happy and well and they even bathed our dog, put fresh sheets on the beds and left us a lovely card and some gifts. They are excellent communicators and we highly recommend them. A great first experience of house sitters!

Melissa - Elwood VIC
SIT DATE: Sep 2019 - 1 week 2 days
Kathryn and Allen did a week long housesit for us in September looking after our 2 dogs and cats. They were a pleasure to communicate with from the moment they responded to our ad. We were initially a bit worried to have someone arrive from Sydney on the same day we were departing but they quickly put our minds at ease with the calls and updates leading up to the house sit. The dogs looked so happy in all the photos that were sent while we were away which made for a lovely holiday. Arriving home the house was lovely and clean and we had fresh sheets on the bed which was a pleasure as we went directly for a nap. I would highly recommend Kathryn and Allen to anyone and hope they can house sit for us again one day.

John - Lakes Entrance VIC
SIT DATE: May 2019 - 2 weeks
We were so blessed to have Alan and Kathryn house sit for us during our recent two week break. Right from the start we said that the main thing we were interested in was the welfare of our pets. Kathryn assured us that this would be their highest priority and when we arrived home, not only did we find all well with our pets but a clean and tidy house, fresh scones for our tea and everything just as if we had been home all along. During our time away we kept in touch and they were more than happy to keep us updated as to how things were going. We would have no hesitation in recommending them as I am sure they would be able to cope with any problems that might arise.

Lloyd - Wright ACT
SIT DATE: Apr 2019 - 1 week 1 day
Kathryn and Alan looked after our needy Poodles and house over the Easter-ANZAC week in 2019. Came home to happy fur children, everything in its place, and a lovely card and fruit bowl. Thanks guys!

Kim - Blackburn South VIC
SIT DATE: Sep 2018 - 1 week 5 days
We were lucky enough to have Kathryn and Alan house and pet sit for us during the month of September for 2 weeks. They were very easy to communicate our needs to and kept us updated on things while we were away. It was wonderful to return to happy, healthy pets and a clean and tidy home. We would definitely recommend Kathryn and Alan as house and pet sitters and hope we can use them again in the future.

Dan - Federal QLD
SIT DATE: Dec 2017 - 2 weeks 1 day
My wife and I could not speak highly enough of Kathryn and Alan as house sitters. They looked after 1 chook, 2 cats, 4 horses, and 3 dogs, one of which suffers with diabetes. She has diabetes blindness also, and has to be needled twice per day. Not only the animals were treated with care and affection, but the house was kept clean and tidy (probably better than we do). I highly recommend Katheryn and Alan as house sitters and thank them for their care and attention to detail.

Lyndal - Redfern NSW
SIT DATE: Aug 2017 - 2 days
Kathryn came on fairly short notice to look after our home and British Bulldog. It all went very smoothly and I highly recommend their help. Susan was well looked after and our house clean and tidy upon return. Kathryn's husband was away so she did it on her own which was no problem for me. She was very upfront about the fact she would be on her own in case we specifically wanted two people which i appreciated. I am happy for anyone to call for verbal referance if needed. Many Thanks Lyndal

Belinda - Maroubra NSW
SIT DATE: Jun 2017 - 3 weeks
This was our families first experience ever using a house sitter and so we were a little nervous about what to expect. When Kathryn and Alan drove to our place for us to meet prior to our holiday, we felt right at ease. They are such a lovely couple and we knew our little puppy and house would be well cared for. On our return from our holiday, Kathryn stayed until midnight when we got home just to see us before she left. Our home was spotlessly clean, puppy freshly washed and even went out of her way to have breakfast in the fridge for us to have the next morning. Our house sitting experience with Kathryn and Alan is nothing short of exceptional, and we would recommend them to anyone who is looking for reliable, trustworthy, clean and friendly house sitters.

Kind regards
Kathryn and Alan

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