How To Get Great House Sitting Assignments in 10 Steps.

Our journey was forced upon us by the loss of our 27 year old company after the world financial crisis. At retirement age, stressed to breaking, we needed a long holiday at low or zero cost.
Since then we have been travelling Australia, living in ordinary homes, mansions and farms, driving tractors, riding quads, walking dogs, been given vehicles to drive for sight seeing, discovering impossibly beautiful natural places, living a privileged life really, meeting wonderful people and learning how to live again or maybe for the first time.
This is how we did it here in Australia and I guess it would work the same way in other countries too.

The Rise of The Apes

It started 23 million years ago, which might seem like a long way in the past, but think of the earth as a person that lived to 100 years. When the Miocene began, this ‘person’ would have been ninety five years old. Everything that has occurred since then has been in the last 5 years.
The apes spread out and developed into 100 species, which included a couple we recognize today. We don’t know for sure which species contributed to the animal from which we descended, but molecular evidence strongly suggest it lived 7 to 8 million years ago. The mobile-on-two-legs version evolved in Africa later, about 5 million years ago.

Neville Night Soil

There was a time, hard for today’s youth to contemplate, when not all houses were connected to the local sewage system. This was often because there was no local sewage system. As a child of the fifties, I was spared the joys of the outhouse, the thunder box, that icon of the Australian back yard which also served as the home library.
Fate caught up with Neville one morning, fully loaded, running late, the streets already busy early risers and other off to work. Neville took the corner of the town’s busiest intersection just a little too fast and tipped his entire load into the middle of the roadway.

You Have No Birthday – You Have Been Dead – Many Times

What happens after you die? Lots. It just doesn’t involve you. In any case, you should know, you’ve done it before. In fact, you will probably die within 24 hours. Again. By the way, that birthday you celebrate each year? It’s a fake. You d – No Troubleon’t actually have a birthday and despite what you may believe, you did not even exist until several years after your body was born. You are the sum total of your self-awareness and your self-awareness is the sum total of the activity between the connections inside your head.
The number and pattern of these connections determines your intelligence and personality and has nothing to do with your body, which is largely just a complex automatic system.

Is ‘Moral Compass’ a Rubbish Idea?

For many people, the idea that we have been given a moral compass by a deity that shows us the difference between right and wrong is an attractive one. For that one third of the human population that makes up the Christian – Muslim – Judea versions, morality has been handed down in recent history, the last 2000 years or so.
By default, for the preceding 200,000 years, possibly 300,000 years, humans had no sense of family, loyalty or other positive attribute and we killed and raped and plundered indiscriminately.
If the deity was the creator of the earth and mankind, that means the deity watched with little interest for hundreds of thousands of years and then, just recently, in the last 1% or less, of that time, decided to intervene.
Depending on which of the aforementioned religions one subscribes to, this intervention was either causing itself to arrive on the planet in the normal way, by birth as a son of the deity and arranging for this son to be tortured and killed for our sins or as a prophet in direct contact with the deity but still suffering the same fate. Not a lot of logic going on here.

Australian Aboriginal Facts and Fallacies

There is wide range of views about aboriginals in Australia with one extreme believing they are given preferential treatment for everything and those, at the other end, who believe they are all aboriginals are victims who desperately need help and fair treatment.
Neither view is accurate.

Fake News – Sharing Lies

When he offered to share the location of this bonanza with his fellow tribe-folk (although the spears may have been an encouraging factor) he was amazed to discover his newly found popularity. He was now so much in demand that he was soon the father of many little tribe-folk. Having passed on this tidbit of information to said little tribe-folk, within a few generations it became common for others to see the gratifying benefit of this newly found willingness to share information. AND the idea there are ‘good’ carbs and ‘bad’ carbs’ is complete nonsense. The fact is there are three types of carbohydrate. The first two, sugar and starch, are only distinguished by the speed of take up in the body. Fibre is essentially indigestible so it is irrelevant unless you are a termite.
When trying to re-establish normal weight, it’s also good idea to only use a little of those healthy fresh foods that have naturally have a particularly high sugar content.