I am looking for someone/couple to look after my pets and home while I am on vacation. About me: I am a midwife with a private home birth practice. I am also an herbalist and I love gardening and the outdoors.
Our Home & Location
I live in a beautiful almost 200 year old farm house. It's a 4 bedroom home with an eat in kitchen, dining room and two front parlors. I am nestled by woods on three sides and a beautiful meadow in front of the house. It feels like being in the "middle of nowhere" yet I am only 4 miles from the closest town (Hamilton, NY).
Besides hanging out on the front porch and going for walks in the woods, there is also much to do in the surrounding area of Central NY....
This is a perfect spot for travelers who love nature, writers/artists, runners and/or people seeking a retreat. The Adirondacks are a few hours a way, Syracuse and Utica are an hour away for city happenings and there are amazing walking/hiking trails nearby. There is a weekly farmer's market, grocery store and health food store in town.
I have satellite internet with 25G of data each month. I also have a cell phone booster. These allow for plenty of web browsing, email and videos. There are internet cafes in town if more usage is needed. I have a TV and DVD player with a selection of DVDs, a netflix account and there is a RedBox in town.
My parents and friends are in the area so if local assistance is needed, there is plenty of support close by. You have the option of using my car while I am away if we are able to coordinate you taking me to and from the airport in Syracuse. I can pick you up and drop you off at the airport in Syracuse as well if that is needed, or the train station in Utica. It would be great if we can do a Skype video chat to meet to discuss details once we decide we are a good fit. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Here is the work that needs to be done:
--The houseplants need a weekly drink...
-- The dogs get a daily walk/trot for an hour. There are trails in the woods next to the house and a 5 mile loop of country road that offers great views of the countryside.
-- The dogs and cats need feeding of course. The dogs twice a day and I always keep the cat bowls filled with food.
--The dogs have an enclosed yard in the back of the house, and their poo needs picking up 1-2 times a week. days. I compost the poo and the bin is in the backyard.
--The cat box needs checking daily but the cats prefer to go outside, so it rarely needs scooping.
--I ask that you keep the house tidy while you are here.
--The house is heated by a wood stove furnace and I will show you how to use that when you arrive. The stove may need to be filled about once a day depending on the weather. It's easy. The wood is stored in the basement where the furnace is.
--I have garbage and recycling pick up but food scraps go in the compost pile. I do the pile compost method no maintenance is needed. + More info
September 2018 | Meighan