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    Hello, I'd be grateful for any comments people might have on this.

    My parents are retired and in their late fifties and live in the North
    East. My sister has two young girls and lives in Surrey, and over the
    past few years my parents have spent a lot of time down south visiting
    and helping to look after the girls. My sister's house isn't really big
    enough to for my parents to stay there for weeks at a time, so a couple
    of years ago they bought a big caravan on a very nice site near
    Guildford.

    Since my eldest niece started school, my parents have spent less time in
    Surrey. They're now finding it harder to warrant the large proportion of
    their savings that is tied up in this caravan which although very nice
    and in perfect condition depreciates in value quite worryingly from one
    year to the next.

    The question I'd like to ask people on the newsgroup is how realistic
    it would be for my parents to look into house/dog/catsitting for
    teachers during school holidays (the time when they spend most time in
    Surrey). They house- and cat-sat for a colleague of my sister's last
    year for a couple of months while they were in Australia. I imagine
    though that the biggest issue is with trusting strangers to live in
    someone else's house.

    It seems to work quite nicely in theory -- the house owner has their
    house/cat/dog looked after for free while they're away and my parents
    have the benefit of living in a house close to my sister's during the
    school holidays.

    Thanks for any comments you might have,

    Gavin Dormand

    Suggest they get in touch with The Cats Protection League Headquarters,
    I think in Crawley, and then ask for the contact covering Surrey. There
    is one as my mum and dad live in Cobham - just up the A3 from Guildford
    - and they belong to the local group. This local group has a list of
    such people. Try for them to get on that list. IF they get really stuck
    in getting hold of anyone e-mail me [email protected]
    and I'll ask mum and dad for local details. They will need references
    and probably be prepared to do telephone interviews or travel for
    interviews.

    Kyrstie Burrows

    Primary teacher, Wiltshire. Gavin Dormand <[email protected]> wrote in
    message news:[email protected]...
    [q1]> Hello, I'd be grateful for any comments people might have on this.[/q1]
    [q1]>[/q1]
    [q1]> My parents are retired and in their late fifties and live in the North[/q1]
    [q1]> East. My sister has two young girls and lives in Surrey, and over the[/q1]
    [q1]> past few years my parents have spent a lot of time down south visiting[/q1]
    [q1]> and helping to look after the girls. My sister's house isn't really[/q1]
    [q1]> big enough to for my parents to stay there for weeks at a time, so a[/q1]
    [q1]> couple of years ago they bought a big caravan on a very nice site near[/q1]
    [q1]> Guildford.[/q1]
    [q1]>[/q1]
    [q1]> Since my eldest niece started school, my parents have spent less time[/q1]
    [q1]> in Surrey. They're now finding it harder to warrant the large[/q1]
    [q1]> proportion of their savings that is tied up in this caravan which[/q1]
    [q1]> although very nice and in perfect condition depreciates in value quite[/q1]
    [q1]> worryingly from one year to the next.[/q1]
    [q1]>[/q1]
    [q1]> The question I'd like to ask people on the newsgroup is how realistic[/q1]
    [q1]> it would be for my parents to look into house/dog/catsitting for[/q1]
    [q1]> teachers during school holidays (the time when they spend most time in[/q1]
    [q1]> Surrey). They house- and cat-sat for a colleague of my sister's last[/q1]
    [q1]> year for a couple of months while they were in Australia. I imagine[/q1]
    [q1]> though that the biggest issue is with trusting strangers to live in[/q1]
    [q1]> someone else's house.[/q1]
    [q1]>[/q1]
    [q1]> It seems to work quite nicely in theory -- the house owner has their[/q1]
    [q1]> house/cat/dog looked after for free while they're away and my parents[/q1]
    [q1]> have the benefit of living in a house close to my sister's during the[/q1]
    [q1]> school holidays.[/q1]
    [q1]>[/q1]
    [q1]> Thanks for any comments you might have,[/q1]
    [q1]>[/q1]
    [q1]> Gavin Dormand[/q1]

    yeah
 
 
 
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