Back on the road again, or should that be the railway tracks? After 4 months resting up in the beautiful West Country we have moved on to our first housesit since early March. It seems such a long time ago with everything that has happened but we’re off and running and back in the housesitting groove again.
Cross Country Travel Tribulations
As mentioned previously (Leaving Devon) we had a bit of a mammoth journey planned to get us from Knowle on the North Devon coast up to Hove in East Sussex. Starting with a lift from Jim and Rose to Barnstaple station to get the Tarka Line down to Exeter, we were due to get the next train to Clapham Junction before changing for Hove. Didn’t quite work out like that unfortunately.
- Booked train didn’t actually exist
- Next train broke down in the station
- No direct trains to Clapham Junction anymore
- Double cancellations at Clapham
- Trespassers on the line just outside Brighton
So slightly unpredictable and a whole day of not really knowing if and when we would make it to our destination. In the end we were an hour and a half late as we walked the short distance to our new ‘home‘ to meet our patient housesitting hosts. Could have been so much worse.
Housesitting in Hove
A wonderful friendly welcome from Karin and Helmut followed by a socially distanced dinner and a couple of drinks were exactly what was needed. We don’t have any pets to look after here but Karin does have a lot of beautiful houseplants and a mature garden that we will need to look after whilst they are away. So Jo’s green fingers will be back in action and I’m ready to take instruction on what needs watering and when!
The reason for calling this a Cluedo housesit is that the house is a very impressive three-storey Victorian style property with a whole host of rooms including a library, conservatory, drawing room, study, and of course a kitchen which immediately made us both think of Cluedo. No murders taking place hopefully but a fascinating place. Oh, and it is absolutely bursting with all sorts of fascinating art. Karin and Helmut love their paintings and ‘objet d’art‘ so there is so much to see and learn all over the house.
Not sure how the dusting will go but we will be ultra-careful!
The South Coast
We are booked to be here in Hove until the beginning of September so have a few weeks to explore the area, get down to the seafront and perhaps even get a little further afield via train and bus. Also, being so much closer to Kent and our friends and family we may be able to arrange to meet up with the odd one hopefully. Some planning to do there I think.
Looking forward to some glorious weather now …..
14/07 – 17/07/2020