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A couple

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55 plus



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Australian Citizen's both born in the UK emigrated 1972
Douglas 73 and Marjorie 75
Non smoking and drinking couple, drugs defiantly not, only from the chemist!!
We have been married for 52 Years and have two children and four G children ranging in age from 3 to 18
Douglas left school at 15 and served an apprenticeship in the steel works as a welder
Left steel works at 21 after completing apprenticeship entered the local Fire brigade as a full time paid fireman after 2 years found he could not manage on the wage as he had married
Left and joined the local Ambulance Service as a ambulance officer for 6 years rising to the rank of leading officer before emigrating to Australia in 72.
After doing odd jobs and working for the local Frankston Council he joined the Peninsula ambulance Service
Frankston Victoria at the end of 72 and was with them until 77 when we moved to Shepparton area until 2001 when he retired as a station officer to take care of Marjorie.
Have had 2 small farms 5 acres, then 42 acres on which we finished of our transportable house from lock up stage and set up the 42 acres that was just a paddock when we bought it in 1990 also planted many trees, did fencing.
During this time we bought young calves and reared them until sold for meat, sheep for the colored wool, also had chucks, a goat and other animals including pet dogs, several. Our son bred and showed Border Collies. the only animals we have not cared for are horses (I have had a coupe of horse riding holidays) and cats. We only sold the 42 acres because Marjorie was very sick and needed to be in the town or we would still have been on the land !! Since then we have moved to a retirement village and have had a quiet 10 years traveling around the globe and the last few years using Air B&B accommodation were you stay in folks houses and have had no problems at all living in other folks homes.
Marjorie has chronic mobility problems after her serious illnesses in late 1990 and early 2005 as well as Osteoporosis affecting her bones. She worked in a Bank for a couple of years before the children then for 10 years with the Australian Bureau of Statistics in the 1980's as a part time interviewer until computer's took over her field work. She has been able to travel around the world in the last 15 years a couple of times and recently we had a cruise to Japan for 33 days which she took in her stride.
Have completed our first house sit 3/8/16 - 12/8/16 in the Hunter valley NSW on a farm with 40+ cattle to keep an eye on and 2 horses also a very delight full boxer dog called Archie. Water the garden when required mostly pot plants.
Owners Wayne & Georgina were pleased with our stay.
Our second sit was for a longer period 16/9/16 - 8/10/16 further north in NSW near Bowraville on a small farm looking after 3 steers, 15 sheep, 15 chucks, 6 pea hens, 2 geese, 3 turkeys and a delightful dog called Chille who enjoyed all day chasing the ball around the garden, there was gardening duties mainly watering pot plants and owners Colin and Elsie were pleased with our work.
We have just completed a short sit over the Easter week end 2017 looking after 2 senior dogs at Seaford Victoria, very relaxing. Returned in September after 3 months taking care of a blind dog and a younger cat as well as a 5 year old house in Harrington NSW and the owners seemed to be happy with our work.

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