Saturday, 9 December 2006

proposition

THE houseSo. Here's the thing.

We are going on a two week theatre tour at the beginning of February. Driving The Black Maze across Europe to Budapest, looking after it at various locations around the city during the festival and then driving it home. We're both really looking forward to it, the need for thermal underwear in Budapest in February not withstanding.

However. We need a house sitter. Or serial sitters.

So if you (and partner/children) would like a few days (a long weekend, a week, a whole two weeks) holiday in return for looking after three cats and about a dozen chickens, in a very cosy (but not very tidy) four bedroom house in a pretty, friendly Mid-Wales village, drop me an email.

I've had a look at various house-swap/house-sitting websites and they advise that the best thing to do is to exchange emails and speak to interested people on the phone (Skype?) a few times to suss each other out. This seems like a good plan.

If you don't have a car but have a driver's license, it is possible that we could negotiate use of our car, provided the insurance could be sorted out.

Everyone considered, but obviously I'll be more comfortable if I already know a bit about you :).

Is this very odd and stupidly trusting? Or just a demonstration of my faith in people / the world / life in general working out mostly okay?

In other news: Today, I feel better. And we missed the school carol service because we were trapped in Everton Sports Centre doing a reccy for a job next week.

That is all.

14 comments:

  1. Oh wow - February half term?
    Absolutely!
    If only I could think of someone to feed cats, rats and guinea pigs at this end, in a small and supremely tatty seaside bunglaow.....

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  2. Oh wow - February half term?
    Absolutely!
    If only I could think of someone to feed cats, rats and guinea pigs at this end, in a small and supremely tatty seaside bunglaow.....

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  3. I forsee a house-sitting chain! Sadly I don't think I can play because I'm off to America myself at the same time and half-term doesn't start 'till 17 Feb here.

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  4. I forsee a house-sitting chain! Sadly I don't think I can play because I'm off to America myself at the same time and half-term doesn't start 'till 17 Feb here.

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  5. If it wasn't for the animals I'd jump at the chance.

    Having ruled myself out as a potential candidate I will proceed to sell myself as a good sitter.

    I am scrupulously honest about other people's possessions and personal space, so would welcome a list of no-go areas (eg your bedroom). Even if you do not believe that I am scrupulously honest (and why should you...!), I am already traceable and were we to correspond in any depth you would find out a lot more to make me even more traceable.

    If I were to be the house-sitter, we would both blog it in advance. If I turned out to be a disaster, you would blog it, probably mentioning my full name, home address and employer.

    Most people are honest. Your greater worry should be about selecting people who are careless. My greatest fear in house-sitting would be something beyond my control happening on my watch

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  6. If it wasn't for the animals I'd jump at the chance.

    Having ruled myself out as a potential candidate I will proceed to sell myself as a good sitter.

    I am scrupulously honest about other people's possessions and personal space, so would welcome a list of no-go areas (eg your bedroom). Even if you do not believe that I am scrupulously honest (and why should you...!), I am already traceable and were we to correspond in any depth you would find out a lot more to make me even more traceable.

    If I were to be the house-sitter, we would both blog it in advance. If I turned out to be a disaster, you would blog it, probably mentioning my full name, home address and employer.

    Most people are honest. Your greater worry should be about selecting people who are careless. My greatest fear in house-sitting would be something beyond my control happening on my watch

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  7. I think it's a brill idea to look for a housesitter through the blog! Well thought of. Hope someone comes through for you soon!

    Also, if you're driving by Zürich...

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  8. I think it's a brill idea to look for a housesitter through the blog! Well thought of. Hope someone comes through for you soon!

    Also, if you're driving by Zürich...

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  9. It's nice to see you are trusting humanity, or at least the portion of strangers who read 'ducking for apples'
    Most refreshing!

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  10. It's nice to see you are trusting humanity, or at least the portion of strangers who read 'ducking for apples'
    Most refreshing!

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  11. I'd love a holiday in Wales and were it not for Wife, kids, dogs and other extraneous responsibilities I'd be putting myself forward as house-sitter material.

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  12. I'd love a holiday in Wales and were it not for Wife, kids, dogs and other extraneous responsibilities I'd be putting myself forward as house-sitter material.

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  13. Wives/husbands, kids and dogs who don't eat cats or chickens all very welcome ... .

    Gert, are you SURE you're not interested ... it sounds like an ideal plan :).

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  14. Wives/husbands, kids and dogs who don't eat cats or chickens all very welcome ... .

    Gert, are you SURE you're not interested ... it sounds like an ideal plan :).

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