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  • Brisbane, Gold Coast & Hinterland, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne


QLD Police clearance and no own pets and non smoking. As a NZ Born local and home owner who loves pets and would care for your house as if it were my own.
After having my own bed and breakfast at my house alongside house sitting others people houses I know first hand how important it is to get the right person from the start.I enjoy cats equally as dogs but I really enjoy getting out and about and walking the streets with a furry friend (usually a dog!).I am very patient with pets especially those with special requirements.

I have my full drivers licence,so if your pet needs to go to a groomer or what have you this is no trouble at all.
Also have a current police clearance due to my past work in real estate and nursing am very health conscious and as such and am a non smoker.
I am looking for a med-long term sit which is more than two months please.
Internet savvy if there is anything that is required in your absence I can help here also.

I appreciate you reading this and I look forward to hearing from you!




I am a mature, sensible and responsible person. I work full-time 5 days per week, though can sometimes be flexible with the hours I work (if needed) when looking after pets. I current work in Dingley, but from 18th November onwards will be working in Chadstone.

I have my own home, but currently renting it out and live with family when not housesitting.

Before registering with Happy House Sitters I mostly looked after houses and pets for my family and friends, sometimes just for weekends and sometimes for longer periods (when they were on overseas trips, etc). The longest house/petting job so far was for 8 weeks and one of the dogs in my care was not well and needed medications and injections administered daily and needed to visit the vet on several occasions. I was happy to do this, especially as I loved him like he was my own, but working full time does have limitations so I would prefer not to look after animals that need a higher level of care as it wouldn't be fair to them.

I love all animals, especially cats and dogs. Though I prefer not to have any of my own at the moment, I love looking after other peoples for periods of time, though it sometimes breaks my heart a little when I have to leave them at the end of the job.

Most cats and dogs bond with me quite quickly unless they are particularly shy or fearful of strangers. I am now getting repeat jobs with the same home owners as they know they can trust me to look after their house and pets to the best of my ability. Having regular jobs means I get to spend time the same pets over and over again, which is good for me and for the pets as we just pick up where we left off the last time I looked after them. Though I also enjoy meeting new pets (and their owners) too and usually have enough gaps in my diary to accommodate regular and new owner's jobs.

I am very clean and tidy (though not a fanatic) so if your home was in a clean and tidy state when you left it in my care it would be that way when you came home. Whilst I would be happy enough looking after a home that wasn't quite as tidy or as ordered as perhaps my own would be, I wouldn't be comfortable in a house that was dirty, unkempt or overly cluttered to begin with. I find it's best to let owners know this straight up so when they're reading my profile they know whether I would be a suitable candidate or not.

If I was looking after your home I would be more than happy if you wanted a friend or family member to come and check on the house and your pets occasionally if you had any concerns. In fact, I would want to have someone to contact (if you were unavailable) in case of an emergency with either the house or your pets (or if I became ill or something that might make it difficult or impossible for me to continue the housesitting job).

Though I would never throw a party or invite a large group of people to visit me whilst caring for your home, I would like to be able to invite a friend or family member over for a drink, or to lunch or dinner on the odd occasion, especially if the house sitting job was a long one over several weeks or months. I would ensure visitors treat your home with the utmost care and respect and would ensure any animals I was looking after were comfortable and happy around those visitors.

I can keep owners updated as much as they wish on anything they wanted to know about their home or their pets whilst they're away. I would also be more than happy to take photos of pets and email or SMS them (or post on Facebook or send via Messenger). I have done that with all my housesits to date as I know owners like to see how their "fur babies" are getting on whilst they're away.

I haven't had a police check done as it's not been required by anyone to date. Now that I've been doing housesitting for a couple of years now most of my jobs have come about by "word of mouth", but I have no objection to getting a police check done if required.

If you feel I might be the right person to housesit for you then please don't hesitate to contact me.

Regards, Linda

Judith & Simon

  • Sydney, Central Coast, Hunter Valley, North Coast, South Coast


  • NSW

Am mature aged, fit and healthy.
Have farm, animal and house sit on and off for Many years.
I travel with a pure bred choc lab. He has a beautiful nature.
We love road trips, meeting new beings, and love the freedom.
We love to clean up, and surprise the owners, when they return. Good at organizing and neat as well.
Non smoker.
References available.


  • Syd. Eastern suburbs, Syd. Lower N Shore


  • Syd. Lower N Shore

You need not look any further, you have found a caring, trustworthy sitter to mind your home and precious, loved ones, including collecting the mail, taking out / bringing in bins and general house cleaning, as required. I keep an exceptionally clean and tidy, secure home, to ensure you peace of mind while you are away!

I am a 46 year old woman, and very experienced in pet / house sitting and tentatively mindful of home owners houses and precious pets in their absence! Please note that I am a non smoker and have no pets of my own.

Having grown up in a friendly pet loving home and having always been privileged to have pets close by, I have a genuine love and natural affiliation with animals and have responsibly cared for them in the past as I would my own. I regularly reassure owners of their pet's progress and house upkeep during their absence. Looking after your home / pets would be as much of a benefit to you / them as it would be to me.

Being locally based I am very familiar with Sydney and flexible with potential meeting times. Therefore, it would be easy for me to meet with you, at your convenience, to discuss your requirements further.


  • Adelaide, Flurieu Peninsula, Melb. NE suburbs, Melb. SE suburbs, SE Vic, Otway Ranges/ Great Ocean Rd


  • Perth
  • Reduced Contact

I'm a single professional recently returned to Perth after living in Victoria for the past 5 years. I work full-time at one of Perth's busy hospitals, and am currently looking for an alternative to renting. I am hoping this will be a great way to conserve my funds and give me time to find my feet back in my home city before I buy my own home. I love the company of animals, although it's not a pre-requisite. I enjoy travelling, hiking, kayaking and most outdoor activities, but I'm also a sucker for a good book or film when you just need that day on the couch or in a hammock in the shade somewhere. I am an extremely efficient, clean and organised person. Although I don't currently have references, I have house-sat a few times in the last few months and would be able to obtain them easily enough.

Sarah & Ben

  • Sydney

Hello friends,

I’m Ben; she’s Sarah. I'm a local Aussie & she's a sweet Canadian. We're a couple of dreamers looking to care for your lovely pets & homes, while we work hard to save for a home of our own.

We are both animal lovers. Ben has had dogs and cats, while Sarah has always had a house full of pets including cats, dogs, fish, turtles, and rabbits.
Sarah is the clean freak of the duo; her dream job is to be a personal organizer. Ben is a natural carer as a professional childcare professional, and knows how to convince Sarah, pets, and children to that their daily vitamins and medicine when ill.

If you have any questions, please message us!


  • Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne

Honest, experienced and respectful house sitter who looks forward to caring for your kitties ^-^

Hello! My name is Heidi. I am a single, quiet, non-smoker who often prefers the company of felines more so than humans :).

I'm well traveled, 36 yrs old and about to start a PhD.
Grew up with cats in the family household (including Tyson, who lived to the ripe age of 20), so I'm well versed in the cat world. I have looked after kittens, rescue cats, a deaf cat, cats with dietary restrictions and medication needs.

I want you to feel totally at ease and will follow any instructions or household routines to a T. Clean and tidy, I will treat your home with utter respect . I will mostly be working from home and can offer your cat/s all the love and attention they deserve while you are away. I am happy to stay in contact throughout so you can rest assured your pet/s and home are well cared for.

Good with house plants, veggie patches and the like. Able to water and tend to your garden.

Happy to discuss any needs or questions that you may have. References are available.

I look forward to hearing from you!


  • Sydney

Hi my name is Danielle and I am a single, mature ex country girl with loads of experience with a host of animals from ponies & piggies to parrots, peacocks, alpacas, chickens and many more. Nothing is too much trouble especially elderly dogs and cats who are my specialty as they definitely do need that extra attention. I know how precious these senior citizens are as my beloved "moose dog" lived just past his 17th birthday and I always hated leaving him during his last few years but I was lucky enough to have a gem of a carer whom I trusted to look after him when I had to leave him for the odd week every now and then.
I can administer medications, tend to grooming and dietary requirements...whatever is needed to ensure your babies are perfectly looked after whilst you are away.

I am exceptionally fit (non smoker) & will see to it they get all the exercise they may currently get and in addition there will be bucket loads of cuddles and then some, as we all know too many cuddles are never enough!

I have 2 green thumbs and have a good knowledge of plants so if you are a plant lover like me you can relax knowing that they will be as robust on your return as when you left.

I am a meticulous house keeper & would look after your home as if it were my own. All of my previous house sitters will attest to this and I can supply excellent references from all of my house sitting clients as well as having a current police clearance.

It is always good to get a feel for someone to see if they are a good fit with you & your pets and I am happy to have a one on one with you so you can see if I am what you are looking for in a house sitter......Danielle

Dr. Michael

  • QLD

Dr. Michael Groner is a former university professor and Special Education Director, divorced with 2 adult children. He is an experienced housesitter having cared for many properties in both Victoria and Queensland including care for many animals - dogs, cats, birds, farm animals. Mike is a most responsible and reliable individual who offers much TLC to all the domestic and farm animals that he is responsible for. He is a very keen environmentalist as well as an avid gardener so that he can attend to any landscaping needs that your property may require.

Currently, Mike is residing, part-time in Saigon, Vietnam where he is teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) to local Vietnamese residents; however, he very often returns to the Queensland area and preferably to Brisbane and Gold Coast in order to visit friends and family still residing there.

For security purposes, Dr. Groner, who is now a pensioner and depending much upon housesitting opportunities, has available, for homeowners, a national police check. He is also willing to offer a security deposit, upon request - if required, in order to reassure home owners that their property and pets will be most thoughtfully and carefully protected.


  • Melb. Inner suburbs, Melb. SE suburbs

Hello, my name is Debra.
I have excellent references from clients that I have been house sitting for in the last few years.
After a life changing incident a few years ago I decided to sell my property in Castlemaine and retire from my role working long hours in a high end catering management position.
I enjoy house sitting the variety of property's and taking care of various animals.
My interest included-camping, skiing, travelling, gardening and keeping fit.
Please do not hesitate to contact me for any additional information.


  • Melbourne


  • Sydney

Hi there,
A bit about me!! I have been house sitting/caring for pets for over a year now and will continue to enjoy housesitting/caring for others. I have a current police check and references from previous house/pet sits available for you to contact. If you have further questions, more than happy to answer them.
Hope to chat to you soon.


  • ACT, Sydney, North Coast, South Coast, Hobart, Rural/Regional Tas

I've been a house-sitter for the past 15 years. House-sits have come my way from all over Australia via friends, colleagues, word-of-mouth, and house-sitting agencies such as Happy Housesitters.

I'm a self-employed artist, working in the forms of site-specific video, performance and installation. I also work as a community artist and sometimes as artist-in-residence with remote and regional communities. It suits me well to house-sit as I travel extensively for my art practice. My tools of trade are video camera, laptop, sound equipment and projector, which means I travel light and don't need a studio or art materials.

For the past 3-4 years I've been exploring Tasmania via a mixture of WWOOF'ing, house-sitting, camping, bushwalking - climbing mountains and breathing deeply in old growth forests as much as possible.

I'm now based in my old home-town of Sydney, taking up occasional house-sits in other delightful locations. I'm fortunate to have a reliable home-base in Lane Cove, with a dear friend for whom I provide help around the house and garden whenever I stay. I periodically spend a month or two nannying a delightful 6 year old for friends near Wollongong, as well as sojourns in Ballina with my niece, where I can be a great aunt to her two toddlers.

I'm single, have no children, don't smoke, drink very little and have my own car. I love to grow and cook good food and am a dab hand in the kitchen, having spent a few years as a professional cook. I love to have the sky as my roof as much as possible - 'chop wood, carry water' has great appeal. I'm physically active with bushwalking, swimming, gardening, Pilates, strength training. I like singing too, especially in choirs. I also meditate and do gentle yoga.

I'm good with farm animals and wildlife and I'm happy to companion your beloved domestic animal. I'm clean and tidy and always leave house, animals and garden well tended. I'll attend to incoming mail under your instructions, send scans of anything requiring your attention, and can even run an in-house business if you happen to have one, as did a Hobart home owner for whom I've been a regular house-sitter.

I'm energetic, versatile and adaptable. I'm especially interested in eco-sensitive, energy-sustainable homes and properties, to learn from them, to make a sweat contribution to them and to foster optimism about the future.

Yvonne & Andres


We are experienced house & pet sitters who will take affectionate care of your home and pets. We are a non-smoking, reliable and trustworthy couple with great references.

We know how important it is to have your pets in good hands during your holiday. We've both had dogs of our own back home and really miss them. We love spending time with animals and we will take care of your pets as if they were our own.

During previous house sits we have looked after various wonderful dogs (some rescue dogs among them), cats and parrots. I (Yvonne) used to take care of my own horses, dogs and rabbits before I came to Australia. Andres also had his own dog and looked after three cats that lived at the hostel in Brisbane where he worked. We met in Brisbane and lived there for two years before we moved to Melbourne this year as Andres started studying Carpentry here.

We will keep you updated during your holiday and send you pictures, so hopefully you won't miss your pets too much!

Verbal references available on request.

We are looking forward to meeting you and your pets!


  • Brisbane, Gold Coast & Hinterland

My name is Grant Mills. I am a 43 year old single male.
I am a Sales Manager of a Brisbane based company which manufactures and installs Security Screening solutions.
I have previously owned homes and an investment property whilst living in Cairns for 11 years.
3 years ago, after my divorce and separation, I decided to move down to Brisbane to restart my life, and for first 12 months rented an apartment in Shailer Park. 12 months later, as the owner decided to move back in, I then moved to another apartment in the Gold Coast. 12 months later, once again the owner decided to move back in, therefor I was required to move out again. I then relocated from a unit into a house, of which the 12 month lease is up as of the end of January 2018, and due to the owners selling the property, I have decided not to renew my lease. As I am tired of packing and moving my whole house every year I have put all of my belongings into long term storage in Brisbane, which i have access to 24 hours a day if need be.
I have decided that I would like to become a Full Time Professional House Sitter, which will enable me to save money faster to establish a deposit so that i can get back into the property market and buy a house that I can call my own.
I am an honest, trustworthy, reliable, respectful, professional individual who has always taken pride in the places I have owned and lived. I am a very organised person and take pride in my appearance. I respect other peoples belongings/places and can assure you that I would be a very suitable candidate for your House Sitting requirements.
I have no criminal record. I do not smoke, drink or do drugs.
I am an animal/pet lover and can certainly be trusted to take care of your place and animals while you are away.
I also enjoy gardening and yard maintenance. I have owned properties with pools, and understand the maintenance required with them. I have been in the building industry for the majority of my working life, and am very capable of dealing with most home maintenance duties should they be required.
I do hope that you will consider me for your House Sitting requirements and can be contacted at any time should you have any questions, or to arrange an interview.

This will be a new experience for me. It is something that I am committed to doing as a Full Time venture. I look forward to building trusting relationships with clients, and can assure you that you will put me top of your list the next time you choose to go away.

Have owned 2 dogs in my life. First was a border collie which i had since a pup, died of old age 13 years later. My 2nd dog was a Rottweiller which was abandoned as a pup....i had him for 15 years until the day i came home and found him paralysed from the waist down and had to make the awful decision to put him down.
I have not had a dog since then due to being in rental properties that dont allow pets. I would love to have the company of another dog, even if just for short periods of time.

Have had 2 cats in my life and am very good with them.

Have had many fish and different fish and tanks in my life and know the important things about taking care of them.

Have only had budgies. 5 over the course of 15 years.

Never had rabbits, but am willing to take care of if required.

Guinea Pigs
Never had guinea pigs, but willing to take care of if required.

Never had reptiles. Not a big fan of snakes and lizards. I don't think I would physically be able to handle them if required.

Never had horses, but willing to take care of if required. Would definitely need a 'To Do' list for them.

Have had dozens of chickens . Had acreage in Cairns and built my chooks the Taj Mahal of chook pens!

Available on request


Olivia & Liam

  • Sydney

Liam and I are a couple and are looking to do some more house sitting while I am searching for a suitable house. We are both nurses, I work at the SAN hospital and Liam works at Hornsby emergency.
We have looked after a few houses over the years involving caring for cats and dogs, and maintaining large houses. We have referees available who would be happy to chat, and a written reference as well.
Liam and I are very reliable, trustworthy and responsible and promise to take very good care of your house and pets!! I have grown up with a wide range of pets and miss my dog back in Newcastle very much! Please contact us if we sound like suitable house sitters for you :)


  • Brisbane

I am a mature, honest and responsible female, currently a home-owner myself of an investment property. I have recently moved after a rental lease period expired and put my possessions in storage until I purchase a property for myself. House-sits of long term period preferred but any period considered.

I have previously owned and lived in my own home until moving to Brisbane in 2012 and would care for yours as if my own.

I am an animal lover and have considerable experience with all types of animals having run my own small farm in NZ and volunteered at Taronga Zoo for 2 yrs. I was an owner and rider of horses in my earlier years. I had a very loving, elderly female cat whom passed last year and miss not having a pet to care for.

I am very fit and agile with a great interest in road cycling and mountain-biking. Gardening and lawn-mowing would be no problem if needed.
I can provide references if required . A Police Clearance is available if required also.

Hope to hear from you soon. Tracy


  • Brisbane


I work full time in Brisbane CBD. I am looking for house sits near Brisbane CBD as I work in the CBD and I am also considering moving up to Brisbane from the Gold Coast. Therefore I would like to get a feel for different areas surrounding Brisbane CBD, before making a permanent move. I have lots of experience with looking after dogs and cats, I also have experience with looking after bigger stronger doggies (American Bulldog).

I am available to house sit between January and February 2018.

My mobile number is 0490657413.

Many thanks
Bronwen Morris


  • Hunter Valley, North Coast, South Coast, Southern Highlands, Central Tablelands, Central West Slopes, Far South West, Murray & Riverina, Snowy MTS, Southern Tablelands, Toowoomba & South Eastern, Central, Central Coast (Qld), FNQ, Western QLD, Far North, Mid North, South, Spencer Gulf, West Coast, TAS, Northern Vic, SE Vic, SW Vic, Northern, S.E & Central, S. Western

We are professional married sitters. I was a registered nurse and Ben did 22 years in the RAAF.
We have been house and farm sitting for over 3 years now and have met some beautiful people. We are very house proud and can turn hand to anything. We have many return sitting positions as all our clients have been please with our work. We tend to take longer positions now as this people out better and allows them to have a decent holiday. Our children are grown up and living away from us. We are both retired so our time is our own. We don't have any pets of our own thus can spoil yours. We have a large caravan if need be for accommodation however most of our hosts prefer us to live in their homes.
We have looked after homes in towns as well as farms and stations in the bush and outback. Including 7 months on a station in Cape York and 12 months on a farm in Northern Qld.
We are very happy looking after cats, dogs, goldfish, cattle, horses and sheep. We do need to charge a small fee as the service we give is above and beyond that of any of the other sitters.
We are both non smokers and occasional drinkers.
We enjoy golf, fishing, walking and cooking.
We have police checks and reference available on request also.
If you are looking for exceptional sitters please don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to looking after your property.
Kindest regards
Ben and Katie Hall


  • Melb. NE suburbs, Melb. SE suburbs, Northern Vic, SE Vic, SW Vic

Andrew & Robyn


Long term house & pet sitters, this Aussie couple can be relied on to care for pets (dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs), maintain pools (solar, chlorine, salt), manicured lawns, rambling yards, hedges, edges & potted plants. Seasoned sitters, we have references from all homeowners for whom we have provided house & pet sitting services since commencing house sitting in 2011. We've returned to past home owners (and pets we have grown to love) time & again. A few references are attached but most of our home owners prefer to give a verbal reference. Happy to supply details once we meet and agree to go the-next-step. :-)

We have cared for dogs & cats both young & old, healthy & infirm, affectionate & stand-offish. We have no children and enjoy lavishing attention on your fur family. So that you have your finger on the pulse of things at home we maintain regular contact by email or text, whichever you prefer. We are happy to monitor your mail and/or forward and/or scan documents to you while away. Conscious of the cost of utilities, we restrict use of electricity (washing machine, dishwasher) to Off Peak. Andrew and I both have a car and laptop with wireless connection and live an active life and enjoy taking your dog for long walks. Non smoking, security conscious, respectful, affable, responsible; we will not disappoint!


  • Perth


My name is Laney and I am 31. I have just recently finished my work in hospitality down south and have also finished up in my lease down there as well. I am now located in the northern suburbs of perth.

I am looking at house sitting for about 6months as I would like to study yoga and become a qualified teacher. My lifestyle is quiet and I really enjoy my down time relaxing.

I am very respectful of other people’s property and understand the responsibilities of caring for a home and animals as I have done so for not only my own rentals but also for others in the past with various house sits.

I have a love for all animals but have grown up with cats and absolutely adore them. I have a caring nature, I am clean and tidy, trust worthy and a non-smoker who would look after your home very well.

I have my police clearance as well as references if you need to contact them. I am free from the 12th of December and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards



  • Bris. S W suburbs, Bris. Southern suburbs

Hi my name is Eleanor, l have been doing housesitting for the past five years. l really enjoy it so much i love meeting new people and looking after your animals. I love to travel. I am a matured aged retiree, very clean, tidy person and a nonsmoker.

Melanie & Matthew

  • Sydney, Central Coast, South Coast, Melbourne

10 Reasons Why We Are The Best House (and Pet!) Sitters on This Site!

1. We are a highly responsible, professional couple who are 100% trustworthy, down to earth, sincere and friendly.

2. Having grown up with, and taken care of lots of animals, we go above and beyond, caring for your pets as if they were our own.

3. We work from home, so we are able to give loving attention to your pets and look after your home 24/7!

4. We are quiet, non-smokers who like to go to bed early - so your neighbours won't hear a peep from us!

5. We are fit and healthy, so your animals will get all the exercise they need.

6. We are very neat people and will keep your home spotless.

7. We are extremely well organised and will follow any special instructions to the tee... including administering any required medication or special attention.

8. No job phases us... be it to do with your pet or home... we are happy to carry out any maintenance or up-keep.

9. When possible, we like to meet with home-owners in person before the house-sit to go through any special requirements and to start bonding with their furry friend(s).

10. We always stay in touch with our home-owners whilst they are away, sending updates and photos to ease any separation anxiety.

You can truly relax on your trip, knowing that your home, possessions and precious pet(s) are extremely well looked after.

Come back to a fresh, clean home, and a pampered, healthy and super happy pet!


  • Syd. Eastern suburbs, Syd. Lower N Shore, Syd. Southern suburbs

Hello, I am very keen to house sit in Sydney, a city which I've visited many times and which has much to offer. My daughter lives there too, so another reason for frequent visits. I recently stopped working as a university lecturer and currently I'm writing up a Phd at The University of Sydney. I am fastidious, tidy and would treat your home with care and respect. I have owned a black labrador and a chihuahua/terrier, very different in temperaments and personalities but equally lovable. I also like cats and I could cope with birds. I'm health, safety and security conscious as is my husband, Rob. We are vigilant about closing windows and locking doors when we go out.

In our spare time we have many interests including walking, yoga, writing, reading and visiting France most years. We like to socialise but we're not party people, preferring quieter dinner parties. I'm a sophisticated, gracious person who treats people with respect and consideration, irrespective of their background or culture. I like to think that I'm non-judgmental. I would look after pets with care and also be diligent in watering plants, putting out rubbish and keeping the place immaculate so that the homeowner returns to the home he/she left behind.

I would be the main housesitter but my husband, Rob, may join me for some or part assignments.

In New Zealand police checking is different from Australia in that the individual cannot request a check on himself/herself but we have had police clearance in the past when hosting international students. I can supply references from people who have known us for a long time and know how we live.

I'd be happy to answer any further questions. Thank you for your consideration.

Paolo & Nadine

  • Melbourne

Nadine and I are in the process of setting ourselves up in Melbourne and whilst her visa is processing we would like to partake is some house sitting to get a feel for different areas of Melbourne before taking our own rental.

Paolo: Originally from Adelaide, I've been travelling and living in Canada for a number of years and am now looking to get re-established in Australia. I am a geotechnical engineer and will be working full time. My hobbies include cooking, gardening, cycling and generally being outdoors.

Nadine: Im a photographer from Canada and am waiting for my permanent residence card in Australia. I was raised with a dog from a young age and have always lived with animals. I like to keep myself busy by reading, cycling and I'm very excited to discover the different neighborhoods of Melbourne and all the little gems to be found.

We are a tidy and respectful couple and like to keep our living space neat. We've lived in homeshares where, at times, while the lease-holder was on vacation we were in charge of the well-being of her cat as well as maintaining her extensive garden (ie watering, weeding, harvesting at the right times, etc). We have also participated in work-exchanges where Paolo was doing groundskeeping work for a large property involving hedge-trimming, lawn care, weed removal and clean-up.

In our spare time we like to read, cook, play board games, explore the botanic gardens and green spaces around the city and try out new cafés and restaurants. A typical day out might start with a brunch followed by a wander through the botanic gardens and ending at an art gallery or musem.
When time permits we also like to get out into the mountains to go hiking, climbing and skiing.