House Sitting – A Fresh Start

A fresh start.  The calendar had just ticked over into 2015 so it seemed an appropriate time to purge the misery of the loss of the company and 28 years of toil. I had intended to commence by saying what a difference a year made but as the actual axe fall was 12th March 2014, as I write, barely 10 months has passed.

At the beginning of 2014 we were in the place most dreaded by those who have spent their lives in business, the prospect of losing everything. It’s now history that despite 38 years of success in business including the last 28 building one company, we lost it all, but during that harrowing time, when you see all your possessions taken from you, a surprising benefit shows itself which I will reveal shortly.

The positive side of being in business is the perception or should I say self-deception, that you are in control of your life. It’s true that in theory, you can decide when to open and close, when to work and when to play but the reality is the weight of responsibility, the expectations and the obligations can kill.

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Chapter six

Day26 Friday 26th December. Boxing Day already and we are due at our friends home at 9am for a little trip, 140 kilometres to Siena, home to a famous Cathedral, horse racing around the huge ancient town’s “square” (piazzo and it’s fan shaped, not square) and other famous things I have not known or forgotten. … Read moreChapter six

Chapter five

Day21 Sunday 21st December. Did I mention the temperature? Just checked my new thermometer, which I placed outside the balcony doors last night. It’s 8am and the day has already warmed up to minus 1. Breakfast is forgettable, but the sky is blue, we have new gloves, scarves, 3 layers of clothing, beanies and coats. … Read moreChapter five

Chapter three

Day14 Sunday 14th Dec Siracusa to Agrigento It’s a beautiful day, mostly blue sky, a light breeze and a cheery 15 degrees. Siracusa, on the East Coast like Hobart is in Tasmania, seems very quiet this Sunday morning. Perhaps everyone is in one of the 18 churches, 1 cathedral, 1 basilica and one santuario (whatever … Read moreChapter three