House sitting has provided us with two great places on which to hang out and yet get boat work completed. The first in Onarahi we played some
and walked often a 12 year Dalmation; Elle. While in NZ Elle is considered a “Veteran”. She is in great shape and on walks she received praise from passerbyers. This sit was closest to the boat and doing any project we could leave our tools out and the boat a mess. When aboard we have a soft rule; clean the boat up before eating our mid day meal. Neither of us wish to live in a sty. Leaving tools out and the boat cluttered speeds up what ever project we are working on.
The Onarahi house had a great view and the owners are wonderful people. The sit went well but like most good things the end arrived. We had a 3 week time between this one and our next sit in Ruikaka so that required a move back to the boat. As luck would have it one of our tennis friends here needed a short home sit. Here we took care of a 16 yr old Golden Retriever, a few chickens and kept our eyes on the sheep. They had a fire place that was mesmerizing and warm. Down the road in Piruea Bay we were still only 15 minutes from the boat and tennis. Here we collected eggs, feed and walked the dog. Or I ought to say tried. Sparky wasn’t always up to the walk being a shade long in the tooth. But what
a sweet dog. I’m sure in his day he was one of the best farm dogs one could have.