Housesitting Resumé Exploramum

House sitting Resumé

Who we are

Professional and well respected house-sitting duo with many years of experience offering pet care and home care services for any clean and neat home.

We have traveled the world to many continents and countries and house-sat and offered pet-care as we travel.

I am a single 56-year-old mother of a 13-year-old son.  We love animals, and sold our budgie Valentino and arranged a petsitter for our Maltese Shihtzu Coco when we started our one year journey.

Sadly, 9 months into the trip we found out the petsitter advised us she was refusing to give our dog Coco back and told us to ‘fight for her”. She’d also bred two litters of puppies back to back and the got our dog desexed even when we told her not to.  It was a nightmare.  We offered to come back, have the dog shipped to us, or get a friend to go and get her but all were ignored.  Shortly after she cut all communication, and then moved, so we’ve never seen our Coco again.

On a more positive note, I’ve previously having owned several businesses, we offer a high level of care to the home-owner. We have really enjoyed the opportunity house-sitting gives us to have a “home” feel for a while, especially as we miss having our own dog with us right now.

I am currently promoting and explaining house-sitting for as their Professional Housesitting Expert answering questions and explaining about house-sitting.

We have cared for a variety of properties and animals in a range of countries.

When you leave your clean and neat home with us, we will ensure you return to it as you found it, with care taken to ensure your precious belongings are well taken care of.

We do require written notification prior to accepting any housesit that will contain security and/or hidden cameras.  Also, if you will be having any person authorized to enter the property whilst we are house sitting (i.e. to check or collect items etc.), we do need to be advised of this prior to the sit.  We are responsible for your property and need to know in case someone takes an item etc.

We do not offer our services for messy, dirty or unkempt properties. Nor can care for animals that require serious medical care; are seriously ill; are incontinent, or frequent vomiters indoors. However, we are quite fine for the trips to the vet for medication, or grooming parlor etc if a vehicle is supplied.


©Exploramum and Explorason – Expert house-sitters

House-sitting Assignments accomplished to date

AUSTRALIA 1990 +, Sydney, apartment, animals -no. G. W. – Reference

housesat for Gwenda

©Exploramum and Explorason – One of the first ladies I house-sat for when I was younger 2009 with my son and his dog Coco the day he got her.

1990, Adelaide, home, animals: 2 dogs. S.C.

2008, Melbourne, home, animals – no. S. R. – Reference

2007 and 2008, Adelaide Hills, home, animals: 2 dogs. P & N. S. – Reference

Louis with NS dog

©Exploramum and Explorason – loving these 2 Labradors

Louis with NS dog 2

©Exploramum and Explorason – loving these 2 Labradors

2009, Adelaide, home, animals. B. D. & A. D. – Reference can be obtained if required

House-sitting for Anna and Brian

©Exploramum and Explorason – house-sitting in Adelaide

2009 and 2011, Adelaide country and lake holiday home, animals. J. S. – Reference

House-sat for JS

©Exploramum and Explorason – country property in SA

2009, Adelaide, home, animals: cat and dog. G. W – Reference

Ehh hunt at GW house-sit

©Exploramum and Explorason – collecting eggs at Easter at this housesit. Explorason was 3 years old.

2012, Adelaide, home, animals: no. R.T. Reference can be obtained if required


©Exploramum and Explorason – we housesat here when selling my home and packing for the trip.

FIJI 2012, Savusavu, home, animals: 2 cats. J.B. Reference


©Exploramum and Explorason – house-sit overlooking the ocean in Fiji

BRAZIL 2013, Rio de Janeiro, rental property home and apartment, animals: 2 stray dogs


©Exploramum and Explorason – rental property we house-sat with extensive pool, garden, and property maintenance in Brazil.

Ireland 2014, County Mayo. country home. Animals: dog, cat, 10 hens, rooster, 5 ducks


©Exploramum and Explorason – hobby farm in Ireland with a variety of animals

England 2014, Newcastle, 2 story row cottage and allotment garden: dog, cat (shared house-sitting assignment). M.F. Reference


©Exploramum and Explorason – Miner’s cottage with separate vegetable allotment

France 2014, France countryside Limousin, hobby 3 story farmhouse: dog on medication, 2 cats; cockerel; 3 hens; 3 sheep. Reference available


©Exploramum and Explorason – Hobby farm in France

Italy 2014, Tuscan 14th Century Tower home, for two weeks, one cat and tending to the garden. Return housesit requested. Reference available.


©Exploramum and Explorason – 14th Century home in the Tuscan region of Italy

Turkey 2014, Stone 2 story 18th Century remote country old stone cottage home, for 3 weeks. 24 – 30 animals – 1 huge aggressive male turkey; 8 female turkeys; 4 dogs inc one on medication; 4 cats; 2 peafowl; 2-6 ducks; 1 cockerel; 2 hens; mud crabs, and tending to the garden.


©Exploramum and Explorason – 18th Century stone 2 story home in Turkey

HUNGARY 2015, Modern home, for 2+ weeks. 2 cats, and tending to plants. Reference available.


©Exploramum and Explorason – Modern home in Hungary 

Scotland 2015, Luxury home, for 4+ weeks. 2 dogs, chickens, ducks, native bird feeding, and tending to the large country garden. One of the most delightful housesits yet. Mercedes-Benz car supplied. Reference available.

©Exploramum and Explorason – Scotland housesit

Australia 2016, Adelaide Hills home, for 4 weeks. 2 dogs, Tending to the country garden. Car supplied.

©Exploramum and Explorason – housesitting in inner Adelaide Hills, South Australia 2016

Australia 2016, Adelaide Hills home, for 3 weeks. 2 dogs, 1 cat, 3 chickens, and tending to a country Australian bush, fruit and vegetable garden. Car supplied.

©Exploramum and Explorason – Adelaide Hills, South Australia 2016

Australia 2016, Adelaide Hills Home, for 2.5 months. 2 dogs and tending to a small cottage, fruit and vegetable garden. Car supplied.

©Exploramum & Explorason – Adelaide Hills, South Australia 2016

Australia 2016, Adelaide Hills Home, for 2 weeks. 35 Kangaroos on the property, and house, herb and vegetable garden. Car supplied. 5-star Reference supplied.

©Exploramum and Explorason – Adelaide Hills, South Australia 2016

Australia 2016, Sydney, North Shore NSW. 1 very strong and active dog and tending to 2.5 stories historical home, and manicured garden.

Rhodesian Ridgeback X

©Exploramum & Explorason – giving tummy rubs Rhodesian Ridgeback X – 2016

PARIS 2016, 1 active dog and tending to an executive apartment right down the street from the Eiffel Tower

©Exploramum & Explorason – Blue English Staffordshire Terrier in Paris 2016

TANZANIA 2017, 1 dog and tending to an Expat home in Dar Es Salaam.

Australia 2017, Adelaide, Australia. 1 dog and tending to historical home, pool, and manicured garden.


©Exploramum & Explorason – Scottish Terrier 2017

Australia 2017, Adelaide Hills, Australia. 1 dog, 1 cat, 3 alpacas, 3 hens, and tending to an executive country home, pool, and large garden/property. Also a koala on the property.


©Exploramum & Explorason – Rescuing a native injured bird at our housesit in SA 2017

Australia 2018, Adelaide Hills, Australia. 2 dogs, 2 alpacas, native birds, and tending to an executive country home, an indoor pool, and a large garden/property. 


©Exploramum & Explorason – caring for alpacas 2018

The things we can do for your pets and farm animals

Duties – Exercise, feed, interact and play water, medications, change litter boxes, clean out hen and duck houses, collect and ‘date’ the eggs, bottle feed and hand feed farm animals, clean turtle tanks and ponds etc

House sitting experience offered

Pool – maintenance – salt and fresh water; test water; collecting large matter from the base, maintain water, salt, chlorine, chemical levels, vacuum, kreepy-krawly, skim net etc

pool care

©Exploramum and Explorason – collecting debris in the pool in Australia

Garden – Qualified Landscape Gardener – general light garden duties, watering, planting, weeding, vegetable gardens etc


©Exploramum and Explorason – vegetable allotment in house-sit Newcastle

Mail – Open (if asked), sort or date, and forward or pay accounts as requested


©Exploramum and Explorason – attending to mail at house-sit

Electrics – change fuses and attend to basic switches in the fuse box


©Exploramum and Explorason – 4 houses have required fuse-box resetting at house-sits

General farm duties; Collection of eggs including storage, sale, and dating

collecting eggs

©Exploramum and Explorason – collecting eggs at house-sits


©Exploramum and Explorason – dating, storing and selling hen and duck eggs

Gas cylinders.

Service as required – Septic and Water tanks.

General use and training Security – operate home alarms, and keep the home locked and secure.

Lights & Heating – collecting firewood and kindling, bulb change, and ensure lights and heating are not unnecessarily left on or over-used.


©Exploramum and Explorason – collecting kindling at house-sit

Water filters – change as required, attend to salt etc

Home maintenance – hammer, nail and do small or basic repairs if needed

Home care – clean and maintain with professional care


©Exploramum and Explorason – house-cleaning and duties (France)


We offer a professional level of communication by phone, email or your choice of social media.

This can include regular photographs of your pets and home etc.

Most owners like a weekly report, but some like a daily report, and we will work according to your requests and agenda.  Sometimes those on a long needed vacation request no communication unless there is an emergency, and we also respect this. Bookings and guests – I can also be available on agreed terms for clients who may have holiday properties with guests requiring check-in / check-out etc.

Personality and personal attributes

As professional house-sitters, you will find respect, honesty, trust, good morals, integrity, compassion and care as some of our personal traits.

I am a single mother with a very well presented and caring son, who will give your pets lots of love and gentle attention.  He has been brought up to respect both our own and others property.

I am a ‘go-getter’. A very out-going personality, who socially interacts well with neighbors and the local community and other ex-pats. You will find us to be good communicators and are thorough, tenacious, and well presented.

Having owned several businesses over the years, I am highly organized and structured, neat, clean, tidy and organized. This reflects in the way I care for homes and animals.

I am reliable and willing to learn new tasks as required.

I take calculated and careful risks, but as I am now in my third year of world travel, I am quite an adventurous person with a positive outlook on life.  I have a ‘can-do’ attitude and am not a quitter.


©Exploramum and Explorason – feeding a Shetland pony. We can both ride horses too.

Emergency Housesits

We hope you never have an emergency, but we know that life can throw a curveball, and unexpected things happen.  A sitter lets you down, a friend or family member passes away, a health issue arises or surgery is needed, or you are called away suddenly for another reason.

We’d love to help you if we possibly can if you should, unfortunately, find yourself in an emergency. However, we do ask that our costs are covered for this including any travel, visas, and any other expenses incurred as we are based in Adelaide, Australia.


We can supply an excellent broad variety of written and contactable personal and house-sitting references (over 20 references) upon request with a 5-Star Rating.

Some references are from people who have known us for all or a great deal of time in our lives, and some folks we have house-sat for also.


Many ask us how my son is educated.

We immerse ourselves in the local culture with world education and home-schooling in most circumstances for my son, but on occasions, he has attended the local school, or schooled with other travelers.


©Exploramum and Explorason – school in Fiji


©Exploramum and Explorason – home-schooling in Ireland

©Exploramum and Explorason – Attending school in remote Uganda

Living the culture and meeting the neighbors


©Exploramum and Explorason – making friends with vendors at the market House-sit Fiji

One lovely thing about house-sitting is the broad range of people we get to meet.

The new friends we make, and the local cultural experiences we have.

At the end of the housesit, we have had the chance to share a meal, meet at a country airport, or even be asked to return.

It is nice for folks to feel their home and pets, animals and garden will be well looked after.


©Exploramum and Explorason – making friends with the neighbors at house-sit Newcastle


©Exploramum and Explorason – learning the duties with the home-owner Housesit Fiji 2012


©Exploramum and Explorason – making new friends House-sit France

Animal care offered to date



©Exploramum and Explorason – cat #1 in house-sit France


©Exploramum and Explorason – cat in house-sit Italy


©Exploramum and Explorason – cat in house-sit Fiji


©Exploramum and Explorason – cat #2 in house-sit France


©Exploramum and Explorason – cat #1 0f 4 in house-sit Turkey


©Exploramum and Explorason – cat in housesitting Newcastle


©Exploramum and Explorason – 2 cats at housesitting in Hungary

©Exploramum and Explorason – cat we cared for in Adelaide


bottlefeed sheep2

©Exploramum and Explorason – bottle feeding lambs in Wales

bottlefeed sheep3

©Exploramum and Explorason – bottle feeding sheep in Wales


©Exploramum and Explorason – hand feeding sheep in our house-sit – France


©Exploramum and Explorason – hand feeding sheep in house-sitting France



©Exploramum and Explorason – I owned a tortoise in Australia

Birdlife: Cockerels, Hens, Turkeys, Ducks, Peafowl, Pheasants, Wild birds, Caged birds, Native birdlife


©Exploramum and Explorason – egg collecting and cleaning hen-house in Ireland


©Exploramum and Explorason – hand feeding hens in house-sit France


Exploramum and Explorason – ducks in house-sitting Turkey (some are neighbors)


Exploramum and Explorason – female turkeys in house-sit Turkey


Exploramum and Explorason – male turkey in house-sit Turkey


Exploramum and Explorason – hand feeding ducks and hens in house-sit Ireland

©Exploramum and Explorason – free range hens in Adelaide


©Exploramum and Explorason – hand feeding ducklings in England


©Exploramum and Explorason – 1 of 2 peafowls in house-sit Turkey

©Exploramum and Explorason – chickens in Scotland

©Exploramum and Explorason – 100’s wild birds came to feed in the Scotland garden

©Exploramum and Explorason – Pheasants in Scotland

Dogs – Puppies and adult dogs (including dogs with ailments)

coco and Ruth

©Exploramum and Explorason – our Maltese Shitzu dog Coco who is being petsat in Australia


©Exploramum and Explorason – loving this dog in Peru

kasper in belgium

©Exploramum and Explorason – playing with Kasper in Belgium at a home-stay


©Exploramum and Explorason – dog at house-sit in Ireland. We both grew very fond of James


©Exploramum and Explorason – medication, eyes, and ears needed treating for dog House-sit France


©Exploramum and Explorason – dog in house-sitting – Newcastle


©Exploramum and Explorason – 1 of 4 dogs in house-sit Turkey


©Exploramum and Explorason – 3 of 4 dogs in house-sit Turkey


Exploramum and Explorason – 2 stray dogs were fed and played with House-sit Brazil


©This old girl in The Netherlands has cancer – but Explorason is very gentle with her


©Exploramum and Explorason – caring for a friends dog and pups house-sit Brazil

©Exploramum and Explorason – 2 clever dogs in Scotland “Gus and Murphy”

©Exploramum and Explorason – 2 rescue dogs “Bert and Ernie”


©Exploramum and Explorason – 2 lap dogs in Adelaide 2016


@Exploramum and Explorason – a couple of older dogs we cared for in Adelaide Hills 2016.

@Exploramum and Explorason – Rhodesian Ridgeback X in Sydney 2016

@Exploramum and Explorason – a young Blue English Staffordshire Terrier in Paris 2016

@Exploramum and Explorason – a young Blue English Staffordshire Terrier in Paris

@Exploramum and Explorason – Jack Russell in Tanzania 2017

Other non-house-sit animals – hand-feeding llamas, alpacas, and kangaroos


©Hand feeding Llamas and Alpacas in Peru, South America was a common event


©Exploramum and Explorason – hand feeding kangaroos in Australia

Questions and Comments

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13 thoughts on “Housesitting Resumé Exploramum

  1. I am super impressed, jealous, and inspired by your travels. Hopefully one day I will get the guts to travel like you are with your son!

    Cheers to many more…

  2. In appreciation for the inspiration of your living, following your Dream, knowing what is true for you and your son.
    Thank you for sharing your story.
    I’ll soon be on a similar Journey. It lives inside of me.

    • We do not charge for petsitting. You need to be registered as a business to do that. That would also then require a work permit. Most do it like a place to stay and have a change of scene in life.

  3. We’ve house sat a few times and none of our adventures looked like this much fun. I love the place where you had all the animals and birds to look after. It’s a great way for people with animals to still get a holiday without the stress of kennels etc

  4. Wow, that is an amazing list of house sitting!
    My partner and I would love to start doing this too. It’s such a great way to travel cheaper whilst getting involved in the community and really getting to know the place you visit, like a local.

  5. wow what an amazing thing to do for you and your son. It looks like it has given you many traveling opportunities and I am definitely going to look in to this for my family.

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