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