About Joanne & James
We are Jo and James, we have been together for 13 years, and are experienced house and pet sitters based in Lincolnshire. We recently spent the last three years travelling, housesitting and taking care of animals in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, returning to the UK earlier this year where we are continuing our housesitting journey...
We are Jo and James, we have been together for 13 years, and are experienced house and pet sitters based in Lincolnshire. We recently spent the last three years travelling, housesitting and taking care of animals in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, returning to the UK earlier this year where we are continuing our housesitting journeys throughout the Uk and Europe.
House Sitting and taking care of animals is a continual adventure and inspiration and we love it.
We are both from Fine Arts backgrounds and have enjoyed immersing ourselves in the towns and cities we have had the opportunity to travel to. Our time overseas meant we have been able to dedicate more time to our passions and creative endeavours as well as spending quality time with lots of wonderful animals which makes us very happy.
Jo is currently producing new illustrations and learning about printing techniques in her free time and James is working on his various photography projects, recording new music, and immersing himself in architecture and critical thinking books.
We both love to cook, particularly South Korean and Middle Eastern food. We spent a year living in South Korea, and Jo used to be a crepe and galette chef in a French restaurant. Jo has most recently been working in a local school and is currently coming up with new ideas for a range of children's workshop proposals. James is currently a gallery technician, installing artworks in major museums and galleries in the UK.
Hopefully that gives you a bit more of an insight into the kind of sitters we are........please do get in touch if you would like to talk to us some more, we look forward to hearing from you.
Why we want to house sit
This experience is enabling us to spend more time with each other and with animals which is very important to us and our wellbeing.
“An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.” (Martin Buber)
Our adventures have now become our whole way of life, we are learning all the time and loving the constant variety of people and animals we meet.
It is our pleasure to be able to spend time with animals in their own homes and offer our commitment and care to making sure they are happy and settled while you are away.
It is a privilege for us to be temporary guardians of others' beloved homes and pets. We want to offer you our total commitment and care, and for you to feel completely at ease and happy while you are away.
We follow a healthy lifestyle and are both non-smokers. We consider ourselves to be extremely trustworthy, considerate and in tune with what housesitters expect of us when they entrust the care of their animals and homes to us.
We want your pets to be happy and will take care of them as if they were our own, providing lots of love and paying close attention to feeding and any special care needs they have.
We will get settled into a routine quickly and ensure that you are able to enjoy your time away without any worries. We're always happy to send updates and photos.
Some of the things we have done whilst house sitting include -
* Dog walking and grooming.
* Cat grooming
* Feeding and taking care of chickens
* Gardening - weeding, pruning, mowing, potting
* House cleaning - interior and exterior
* Placing bins out for collection, sorting mail and bill payments if necessary
Here are a handful of our references from our time overseas:
KYLIE - BELMONT, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
SIT DATE: Dec 2016
Jo and James were the perfect housesitters and looked after our 6-month puppy like he was their own! After 2.5 weeks away, the house was exactly the same as we left it and our puppy misses them! We wouldn't hesitate to welcome them back into our home. Jo and James come highly recommended by us!
LEIGH - ARAMOHO, NEW ZEALAND
SIT DATE: Jan 2017
Jo and James were great house sitters. Very relaxed and adaptable. We arrived back at a lovely tidy house, totally happy pets and our laundry folded. How about that? Our dog who had been having a rough time lately was smiling and had even put on some weight. Also, it was a good match as our house is full of art books and magazines which we love sharing. I think they left inspired. So cool. We didn't worry at all and enjoyed our break without a care in the world. Thanks again, the both of you. cheers Leigh and Graham
ANNA - FAIRFIELD, NEW ZEALAND
SIT DATE: Jan 2017
Jo and James are wonderful lovely people, we were very happy with how they looked after our cats and our house. They also kept the place really tidy and did a heap of gardening and cleaned my car. We really enjoyed their company for the couple of meals we had together. I would definitely recommend them and will be keeping in touch for further housesitting. Thanks Guys :)
LEAH - CROFTON DOWNS, NEW ZEALAND
SIT DATE: Feb 2017
We can highly recommend Jo and James as fantastic house sitters. We have two cats that live inside and need lots of attention. We arrived home to a lovely clean home and two very well looked after cats. They didn't even miss us! We'd be happy to have them house sit again.
KIRSTY - MASTERTON, NEW ZEALAND
SIT DATE: Apr 2017
Joanne and James sat for us for 3 weeks and did a fabulous job, particularly with our pets (dogs, chooks, lambs). We have a very old dog and I know she was very well looked after. The house was very clean and tidy and Joanne and James were excellent to deal with, very quick at responding. Would have no hesitation in using them again or recommending them to others.
RANUI - ST MARTINS, NEW ZEALAND
SIT DATE: Dec 2017
Joanne and James were fabulous housesitters. They have done two house sits for us. They looked after our fish and garden really well. They were really tidy and even bought us supplies for when we got home. Joanne and James were great communicators. They always responded promptly. They are lovely people. We would thoroughly recommend.
SHANE - PRESTON, MELBOURNE
SIT DATE: Jun 2017
Jo & James were the perfect house guests, the house was spotless & pets were very happy on our return! Their communication before the stay was great and they gave us regular updates on the pets while we were away. Would highly recommend them to take care of your home & fur children! Thanks, Jo & James!
SIMEON - EAST BRUNSWICK VIC, MELBOURNE
SIT DATE: Jun 2017
Joanne and James helped us out tremendously last weekend. We've booked a short trip to Tasmania and needed someone to watch our house and feed our little cat. Jo and James did a wonderful job keeping the place tidy even when we were only gone for a couple of days. They were very understanding about watching the cat when she goes outside by herself. For we just moved in and we were scared she might jump the fence. We can highly recommend them and we would like to ask them to come back again in the future. Very professional! Thanks again, Simeon van den Ende Kayley Teo Melbourne, Australia
LINDY - ASHBURTON, MELBOURNE
SIT DATE: Jun 2017
Jo and James looked after our two pugs for 10 days while we went away. They kept in touch with us while we were gone and we came back to a beautiful clean house. I would happily recommend them to anyone looking at having their house and canine friends looked after.
SUE - NORTHCOTE, MELBOURNE
SIT DATE: Jul 2017
James and Jo have just finished a 2-week house sit for us, we haven't used a formal house sit agency before and we were a bit nervous, our fears were completely unfounded. They were reliable, honest, extremely caring of our dogs, keeping us updated on how the dogs were going, left the house clean and tidy and even did a couple of repairs! I would have no, hesitation in recommending Jo and James. Thanks, guys, I think the dogs miss you already.
ALEXA - ARMADALE, MELBOURNE
SIT DATE: Jul 2017
Jo and James were an absolute delight to deal with. They came to meet Opi (my Golden retriever) and myself prior to the sit and you could tell Opi was at ease with them both right away. She snuggled in for pats with them which they obligingly gave her. Prior to the sit, James came again to run through the exact details of the ins and outs of the house as well as how to care for Opi. Throughout the sit, James & Jo both gave updates on how Opi was getting on along with photos which we really appreciated as we always miss and worry about her on holidays so this helps to put you at ease knowing that she's in good hands... On our return, Jo and James had left the house in immaculate condition and they even made time to pop the sheets and towels through the wash which was very sweet of them. I'd be more than happy to recommend Jo and James for a house sit in the future. We'd also welcome them back with open arms. Thank you both again for your help.