Housesitting in France

Hanging around the ‘hood

“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.”

A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Well, that seals the deal.  I need to get out for a long walk.  It’s the second day of spring, it is sunny if not a bit over the top, with the wind, sort of day.

No time to hesitate.

I looked at Louie who was definitely up for a walk.  Well, when I say a walk/stroll it’s, more of a leap, bound, stop and sniff then run like the clappers sort of stroll if you know what I mean!  The other two of our awesome foursome walking group are having a day off as Nellie needs some rest due to not being her usual cheerful, healthy self.

Okay, time to check out some of the local lanes and roads near where we are housesitting.  You see we don’t stray too far when housesitting, and it is all about the animals and the owners home.

More sniffing and other sorts of things than bounding along at the moment, due to that we are walking along a road and not a forest path.

Around another corner is a Wayside Shrine, which has different uses depending on where it is situated.  These fascinate me for many reasons.  The main one is that they are a new concept to us New Zealanders.  Our version is the more discreet roadside crosses which are erected to remember someone who has died in motor vehicle accident.  Here in France, the shrine of remembrance are far more elaborate and so much bigger!

The churches are very plentiful in the countryside and cities of France, the local one [pictured above] is usually used every 6 weeks as the clergy, service a few churches around the department.  There are not enough people living in the individual villages to attend the church services each week or enough priests to run each one.

Walking around the roadside with the houses right by side it, I have always marvelled that vehicles have not careered into them.  Somehow it all seems to gel together, the modern and the centuries old villages and roadways.  This past week of walks around the neighbourhood has made me think how much there is to see and every time I go around, I see something new.

What about you?  

When’s the last time you walked around your neighbourhood?


what’s going on, the history, the new, the people?




15 thoughts on “Hanging around the ‘hood”

  1. I love the fact that you get to see the world, walk through towns of every century, and see different and unusual things on a regular basis through your amazing job. I love walking and exploring, and I go almost every day, but it’s usually the same scenery. I love your posts, and I look forward to reading more of them.

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  2. Loved reading this. I so enjoyed exploring wherever we lived. In Africa, then Italy and now England. This particular walk reminded me of the villages in Italy. It is remarkable how even large lorries or busses can navigate the hills and mountain lanes without knocking chinks out of the walls that are built right on the street!

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  3. Thanks Sue, pleased that you enjoyed reading my blog post. I know Brisbane well and have visited it many times to visit family and friends. Southbank is a lovely area to wander around. Thanks again for commenting its much appreciated.

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  4. I have enjoyed exploring your beautiful ‘neighbourhood’ through your beautiful images. . I regularly run around my home in Brisbane. As I by the river and southbank provides interesting views and people.

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  5. Hi Liesbet,

    Yes, you will know exactly what it’s like to change environments and neighbourhoods 🙂 Had to laugh at the trucks shaking the whole house and you in bed. Amazing how all those old buildings have coped and survived with so much more traffic on the roads!! Thanks for commenting.


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  6. Hi Janis

    Will try to answer your questions. Firstly, you could just sign up to a website and apply for ones that you are interested in doing. We only apply for housesits when the people, animals and area that appeal [for a better word!!]. Timing is just a matter of organisation, luckily I love doing this 🙂 As with everything in life, experience certainly does help. I always tell people to go with their gut instinct, which we always go on. Apart from one bad experience, we have always had lovely people and animals to deal with, so we have been very fortunate. Ask more questions if you need to. Thanks for the comment.

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  7. You are so right, in Europe, especially in the towns and cities, the houses sit very close to the road. And, sometimes, a truck or car would take a bite out of a wall. When I used to stay over at my oma’s place in Belgium, every truck that would pass through her street (and therefore through town) would shake up the whole house and me in the bed! 🙂 We go for walks every day in our ever changing neighborhood, mostly to walk the dog(s), but also to get some exercise.

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  8. I have a 3-mile walk in our neighborhood that I do regularly. It includes a lot of hills, but certainly not the beautiful scenery that you have! Different subject: how difficult/easy is it to secure a house sit in the area you want for the period of time you desire? I just wonder how flexible you need to be. Also, did you find that it is pretty easy to get chosen if there are multiple people vying for a particular house sit? If not, why do you think you have an edge (experience, age, etc.)? As you can see, I’m very intrigued by your lifestyle.

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  9. Thanks for commenting Marion, it is very much appreciated. Always good to get feedback 🙂 Forgot to add this to my previous reply.


  10. Hi Josypheen

    Yes, we spent many years exploring our own backyard in New Zealand and absolutely enjoy doing it while housesitting in different countries. Love walking the dogs keeps us motivated with our walking!
    Thanks for commenting, it is much appreciated.


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  11. I love your photos!

    My sister lives in France so this reminds me of walking around near where she lives. My husband and I love exploring near home…I just wish we could have a dog to walk like you!!

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  12. Hi Marian

    I am so glad that our adventures are showing you areas that you weren’t able to visit. Isn’t it great that you are discovering new things around your neighbourhood. Keep up the walking 🙂



  13. I am really enjoying your stories. I lived in France as a young woman for 2 years but never made the effort to see the countryside in the way you are showing it to us.

    I am trying to walk a couple of kilometres a few times a week. I am finding things in my neighbourhood that have been there for years and years, and I am only discovering them now . 🙂

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