We finally make a return to housesitting in Brighton, post-lockdown – here’s how it went!
Housesitting and COVID-19
Our last housesitting gig ended on the 4th January 2020. From there we headed up to Norfolk to visit T’s parents for a few days. We then flew to New York City for the start of our trip which would also take in Mexico, Cuba and Colombia. COVID-19 was in its infancy. Like everyone else, we never dreamed of how far and wide it would spread and how it would consequently change the world as we knew it.
We were originally due to return to a housesit in Brighton in the UK in mid-April. Instead, we were whisked away to self-isolate and all of the housesits which we had lined up were cancelled. It is only now, as England is cautiously starting to open up again, that we are housesitting again, on this occasion, for some good friends of ours.
The Coastal Bus from Eastbourne to Brighton
Attired in masks (which are now mandatory on public transport in England), we took a coastal bus from Eastbourne to Brighton on a sunny Saturday morning. It’s a scenic journey, which we have done many times before. The road cuts through the fields of the South Downs and passes the Cuckmere Estuary which flows into the English Channel. From there, we continued through the towns of Seaford and Newhaven before hitting the coastal road at Peacehaven.
The clifftop road which runs from Peacehaven to Brighton has lovely views of the sea, beaches and white chalk cliffs. It passes through Saltdean, known for its art deco lagoon and Rottingdean, a picturesque historical village.
Back in Brighton
We hopped off the bus at the pier – we were back in Brighton! Another short bus took us to our housesit which is situated at the top of one of Brighton’s steepest hills. Our friends, Grant and Kevin, had booked to go to Costa Rica but the trip had been cancelled due to COVID-19, so they were off to Cornwall in South West England instead. They kindly left us an impressive supply of snacks and drinks including wine, beer, ice cream, cheese and biscuits. With the added bonus of Netflix, we were set up for the week!
Betsy and Spencer
Our charges for a few days are cats, Betsy and Spencer We have looked after them before and they seemed to remember us. Betsy is the brave one, and Spencer is a little on the timid side. He has let us stroke him, so by the time we leave, we are sure we will be the best of friends again. It’s always interesting – some cats don’t seem to notice that their owners have left and accept us immediately and others take a few days to adjust. Spencer and Betsy definitely fall into the latter category.
It’s good to be back in the housesitting game and get things rolling again. It’s going to take time for things to get back to how they were, but we’ll take one step at a time….
(We have been members of TrustedHousesitters since 2012 and found numerous housesits via the website, many of which we have returned to many times for repeat sits. TrustedHousesitters is an international housesitting website with new sits advertised daily. Most of the housesits are in the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, although others are available too. For example when we were travelling in Central America, we were lucky enough to secure a housesit in Antigua, Guatemala. Housesitting has totally revolutionised our lives and we have loved meeting so many great people and their lovely pets.
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