Pretty excited about our up and coming house sit. We have done quite a lot this past year in France and also over the years in the UK, but we have never looked after farm animals.
At the moment we are renting a small house in rural France after completing a 4 month house sit. We decided to stop the house sitting for a bit of a break, however, I do keep an eye out for interesting sits! I recently spotted a small advert for a short 4 day sit, pretty close to us with horses and goats and sheep etc.
I sent a message to the owner, explaining our experiences (and lack of) and arranged to pop down to meet her and have a chat. I took the kids and they were so happy!
Unfortunately we cannot take our dogs so my husband will stay at home with these 2 and the kids and I will head to the farm next week.
Looking forward to some new experiences!
On nearing Troyes, we realised that our phones were not working to enable us to access emails and therefore were unable to find the name and location of the hotel – we had not printed the details off as we assumed we would be able to use them! We remembered what the outside looked like, and that it was an old and popular one. We pulled over and my husband jumped out looking for the tourist office who we hope might be able to help us.
After 15 minutes he returned with no news. The office was closed. We drove to a different part and out he jumped again looking for the building.
Whilst he was away, I managed to get on googlemaps – this would not let us move ask for directions, but somehow knew where we were. Amazingly, and I do not know how it did this as I don’ have any recollection of doing this – it had put the name of the hotel on the map – I was relieved to day the least. My husband returned and off we went. I don;t think we would ever have found it without this and would have had to go to a freebie place for the wifi eventually
The hotel was lovely, it had a slippy floor which was not great for the dog but we managed. Off we went to find something to et. The place was so busy, with loads of restaurants that were on lovely old streets – a task now was to find something veggie!
Our travels were taking us to our first arranged house sit near Lyon, due to start on the 11th August, so we had one night to get down there from Calais. We had looked into the route and decided to make for Troyes as it was a nice distance to travel and people loved it, stopping for a quick break on the way in Reims.
The middle was really nice and spacious with loads of people sitting outside eating lunch and the sunshine. We only had a short time there but it looks great and we would like to go back at some point.
We jumped back in the car and headed for Troyes!
On August 9th 2018 we finished packing up our house to go off adventuring in France for a bit. We had a ‘plan’ for the first few months and after that well we weren’t sure and left those decisions for another day.
We sent a van load of stuff with my parents who had kindly offered (again) to store our things, donated some other stuff and the essentials (which grew by the end of the day) were squeezed into our car. At 4pm we left our home near Oxford for the previous 3 years to drive to Dover, UK for a ferry the following morning.
We spent this night at ‘The Grand Burstin’ Hotel. A huge hotel on the seafront. It was dark when we arrived in Dover and we had takeaway Pizzas in the car, before going up to our room. An ABBA tribute band were blasting out the tunes, but as we had the dog with us we sadly couldn’t go down.
At 6am the following day we were on our way!
Still trying to sort it all out, not loving the wet weather….
My site is being revamped and update, new posts coming soon on house sitting with kids, home schooling and moving around with kids and dogs in a Meriva!