Sec­ond life

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Do you dream of stay­ing in a Hawai­ian beach house, a ter­raced lon­don house or a man­sion in the French Pyra­nees? You might yet as a hous­esit­ter – hol­i­day­ing in style on a budget. eat­ing out ev­ery day is costly, but hous­esit­ting en­ables you to visit lo­cal food mar­kets, cook with lo­cal pro­duce and gen­er­ally live like a lo­cal in a new cor­ner of the world. Find­ing your dream hous­esit starts with cre­at­ing an on­line pro­file with ref­er­ences and pho­tos. once reg­is­tered, email alerts will let you know when new homes come up.

Be­ing flex­i­ble with travel times and dates will up your chances of find­ing a hous­esit, as does re­spond­ing quickly to ads. one rea­son for hous­esit­ters is of­ten to look af­ter pets, so be­ing pooch-friendly is a plus. See www.trust­ed­hous­esit­ters.com, www.ki­wi­hous­esit­ters.co.nz, or www.home­ex­change.com for prop­er­ties near and far.

Fordite, or ‘Detroit Agate’ was cre­ated as lay­ers of car paint were re­peat­edly baked onto car racks in Detroit’s Ford Rouge Plant as­sem­bly lines. Once dumped in land­fill it’s now cut and pol­ished for an agate-like stone with colour bands from the 1940s to the late ‘80s. See www.zazing.felt.co.nz for ZaZing; gor­geous jew­ellery made lo­cally us­ing Fordite and ster­ling sil­ver

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