Animals

A wild day out from Phnom Penn

A wild day out from Phnom Penn

Jun 9, 2018

  “Cheeky Monkey”, this term is very apt for the little rascals that greet us at Phnom Tamao. They watch with big eyes as we buy bags of bananas and tiny sweet potatoes and then their pleading looks really slip into overdrive. We happily oblige before our guide nicely reminds us we have lots more

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An ox cart ride through rural Cambodia

An ox cart ride through rural Cambodia

May 18, 2018

We were both suffering from temple overload after Ayutthaya and then a couple of days in Siem Reap. So I stamped my foot and demanded an animal experience. My James, wearing his obedient husband hat, leapt into action. He spotted a sign outside our hotel advertising  an Ox Cart Ride through rural Cambodia. And figured

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Ko Phayam – close to nature

Ko Phayam – close to nature

Apr 27, 2018

Sitting on our beachfront verandah, minding our own business, we are roused by an strange birdcall. Forever hopeful, I glance up into the neighbouring tree and spot a pair of hornbills happily jumping from branch to branch. I am off with a squawk of my own and my camera before James can say “bird watcher”.

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Luang Prabang – our favourite sights

Luang Prabang – our favourite sights

Feb 28, 2018

As one walks along the street in Luang Prabang, the call goes out from every taxi, minibus and tuk tuk driver “Waterfall”. Okay yes, it is the top attraction and we had been resisting it, but it is our last day so we give in! We start early and head out to the Kuang Si

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Must love dogs….a housesitter’s tail

Must love dogs….a housesitter’s tail

Dec 29, 2017

Yes, I know I have used the wrong “tale” here, but it is deliberate, used to illustrate my point. To really enjoy housesitting you must genuinely love all creatures furry, feathered and finned. And anyone familiar with my blog would know animals are my greatest passion (okay next to James!). Yes, there are animal free sits

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Australian Favourites

Australian Favourites

Oct 7, 2017

A reoccurring theme runs unashamedly through my writing, a love of animals. Both domestic and wild. Wherever we are in the world, if there is an animal experience on offer we are in the front row. Okay maybe not where snakes are concerned, we are not even in the audience! Whilst we are housesitting on

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It’s a bear day in Eagle River Alaska

It’s a bear day in Eagle River Alaska

Jun 15, 2017

“Mother bear and two cubs, out the front of the house.” Our host’s voice rings out clearly in the silent early morning house. We are out of bed and over to the window in seconds. Nothing, so we tumble downstairs to meet our hosts in the kitchen. There the five of us stand in our

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It’s birds and bears in Sitka, Alaska

It’s birds and bears in Sitka, Alaska

May 28, 2017

You may have noticed a theme running strongly through my blog. Animals. When ever we get a whiff of a good animal experience we just have to check it out, and in Sitka we found two. The Alaska Raptor Centre and the Fortress of the Bear. The Raptor Centre was established back in 1980, in

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Kroeshel Wildlife Centre, Haines Alaska

Kroeshel Wildlife Centre, Haines Alaska

May 26, 2017

“Now I want you to howl. Loud as you like. Letting all the tension out.” And like a good little group we follow orders and howl. “Feels good doesn’t it?” encourages Steve. And yes it does actually! Just as we are all really getting into it another voice joins us. A quite different voice. Isis

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Kayaking with Dolphins on the Mekong

Kayaking with Dolphins on the Mekong

Nov 30, 2016

I love dolphins, with their playful inquisitive nature, I call them the dogs of the sea. So when we read about the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Dolphins in the Mekong River, Cambodia we just had to investigate. There are two ways you can go and see the dolphins, on a tourist boat or by kayaking, guess which one

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Walking with Elephants

Walking with Elephants

Nov 17, 2016

It is akin to watching a little boy make a mud pie, seeing an elephant prepare himself a tempting mud bath. Baku repeatedly stomps his chunky cylindrical leg at the crumbling soil of the river bank. When it it falls into the water, the same foot blends it to just the right consistency. Next comes his trunk to collect

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The Amazon – Manu National Park

The Amazon – Manu National Park

Oct 14, 2016

Everywhere I look it is green and incredibly lush. Vines, orchids and bromeliads line the mossy tree branches. In the early morning light you can see fine water droplets in the air, for we are in the clouds of the cloud forest. The air is so pristine it is almost sweet. You feel as though

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