We arrived back in the U.K. in March and spent the first month with Ku's Mum in Sussex and T's parents in Norfolk. While staying in Norfolk, we went to an antiques fair at Newmarket, played carpet bowls at the village hall (a new experience for both of us!) and enjoyed some great food at The Fur And Feather hefurandfeatherinn.co.uk in Woodbaswick and The Hour Glass in Sculthorpe.
The first couple of months that we were back it was extremely cold and rained constantly, not the most encouraging homecomings! However, summer did arrive eventually and was worth waiting for - one of the hottest in the U.K. for many years.
We had a couple of days of in London for T's Birthday. The Easy Hotel in Victoria was a bargain at £40.00 per night and we braved the constant heavy downpours to see a Marilyn Monroe Exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery, have a celebratory birthday lunch and see Wicked, which was fab.
Then it was back to Brighton housesitting, dog walking, cat visiting and cleaning. It has been a crazy summer, full of uncertainty and decision making, but we have also met a lot of nice people and their pets.
Our first U.K. housesit was a return visit to our favourite little pooch double act - Snoop and Biscuit. They are such cute dogs and it was great to see them again and we had a fun week.
Next, we were in Hove, the guardians of three black cats. The house was a lovely and comfortable and we enjoyed the company of the cats. We also watched the entire first season of Homeland on DVD on the big TV screen!
Following the cats, we were back in Hove a few days later to look after Sumi, the lovely dog of our friend Simon. Sumi is a great dog to care for and we went out twice a day to the beach, where she chased tennis balls with great enthusiasm.
From there we headed to Brighton Marina for a stay on a floating cabin, where we took charge of a friendly pointer. The cabin was tiny, but had a west facing balcony overlooking the marina. One night it was particularly gusty and we could feel the cabin moving about - we thought we were going to wake up in the middle of the English Channel! It was an interesting housesit and we enjoyed being part of the sailing fraternity for a week!
Sparky is a lovely cat who we looked after for a week and was exceptionally skilled at running after a small ball and returning it for another throw.
Back in our old neighbourhood of Kemp Town, we took charge of two Tibetan Terriers, Marley and Cassie, another cute double act. Marley is blind, so we had to take extra care that he didn't bump into lamp posts or fall down kerbs.
Next, we housesat for our friend Claire, who has two labradors and a jack russell - Poppy, Boycey and Tootsie. They were fantastic dogs to look after and so well behaved.
T won tickets for two to go to Australia House for a talk by Simon Reeve. Simon does some great travel shows for the BBC, which we really enjoy. Unfortunately, the night in question clashed with a double housesit. T was looking after Macchia (the dog that couldn't be left alone) at the marina and Ku was in town with the Tibetan terriers. Consequently, we couldn't possibly go together and T went with our friend Anton. T and Anton met Simon, enjoyed champagne and canapés and listened to him chatting about his adventures down under.
Since then, we have looked after Tula and Tomasa, two lovely black cats who we have become very fond of, Piper the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Benji and Cassie, brother and sister cats, Nugget, a very vocal, but cute cat and the enigmatic Kitty Dora.
We have also decided to head off on another adventure. In two weeks time we leave for South East Asia and then to New Zealand, returning in May next year. We have a busy couple of weeks of work and farewell get-togethers and coming up. First stop - Vietnam!