Housesit in Leafy Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Our family is travelling to Europe to visit our son in September 2018. Our four furry beings will need to be cared for while we are away for 2 weeks from 11 September 2018. Our home is in the Adelaide Hills close to the freeway to the City, public transport and the local "Village" shops and cafes.
Our Home & Location
Our home is quiet and secluded, surrounded by a beautiful garden, tall trees and flood-lit tennis court. It features 4 bedrooms, a study, formal sitting room, kitchen/dining and family area, 3 bathrooms and a separate laundry. There is reverse cycle heating/cooling throughout, a combustion heater warms the main living room and the separate formal living room has an open fire place. Most rooms feature views over the expansive garden. Cafe doors in the main living space open to an alfresco area with heaters and pull down cafe blinds for those cooler days. The guest bedroom has its own bathroom with separate toilet. We have high speed internet with wifi.
Electric gates give access to the front of our home and provide security and a safe spot to park a car. It is a short walk to the main "Village" with shops, cafes and all services, and to bus services to the city of Adelaide. It takes only 15 minutes to reach the centre of Adelaide by car. The local market is held on the fourth Sunday of each month and is a "must do"....
Our garden is visited by magpies who ask to be fed treats, kookaburras who greet us with laughter each morning and by the occasional koala in the tall trees which surround our block. The garden is watered by a fully automated watering system fed by a bore, so your gardening duties will be minimal! + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Tanzy is an affectionate, active golden retriever who loves being with people. She likes to go for walks around the quiet neighbouring streets but you don't need to do this too often to make her happy. She LOVES visiting the monthly market and to play fetch with old tennis balls. She needs to be brushed about once a week to keep her "fluff" under control.
Bacchus is an elderly gentleman who is very "proppy", has arthritis, is hard of hearing, can't see very well, has a touch of dementia and is still very happy. He can't go for walks any more but likes to 'chase' softly thrown balls. He is a kelpie/border collie cross, so he doesn't need to be groomed regularly but he DOES need a few medications to keep him going. These can be hidden in a small roll of bread and he gobbles them down without realising....
Finnick is a domestic shorthair. He is very affectionate and a little bit crazy. He can be a bit nervous with new people but soon succumbs if you offer him food. In fact, you will need to be careful that he doesn't steal from Poppy and eat too much! He needs to be fed and loved and that's about it!
Poppy is a Birman so she needs to be brushed about once a week. She also needs to be given a paste on her food about twice a week to keep her furballs under control. She is very affectionate and confident and quite a character once you get to know her, being a complete contrast to Finnick.
Both cats are permanent indoor cats.
Other responsibilities include keeping the house clean and tidy, taking animals to the vet if necessary, putting out rubbish, recycling and organic waste once a week, redirecting mail if needed and organising tradesmen should something break or stop working. We have organised a cleaner once a week to clean the main areas of the house and a gardener to mow the lawns. There shouldn't be any garden maintenance required but you may like to do a bit of weeding and picking of flowers. + More info
September 2018 | Katherine