Hello from the Test Valley in Hampshire

Hello, we are new to this forum and are from the HO side of TH having actively joined in November 2021. So far we’ve had just 1 pet sitter but have 2 more couples scheduled for this year when we get to go on holiday again:-).
We have 1 cat - a 5 year old Ocicat called Lily who loves to chat with us. We live in the Test Valley in Hampshire in a small village full of thatched cottages and close to great Trout fishing rivers. The location is great as in 40 minutes you can be in Southampton and the New Forest while 90 minutes takes you to London.
This year we’re planning on travelling more with trips planned to Dubai, the Caribbean and Italy. We’re also hoping to get to the US to visit friends in New York State and Florida who we haven’t seen for 3 years.
It will be good to pick up tips from other HO and sitters on this site.


Hello @jeansaunders Welcome to the forum!
Ocicats are beautiful! Pics please!

There are many tips listed here by categories and the THS Blog has tons of very helpful articles


An article has been published on Housesitting magazine lately by an owner who is also a sitter, who gives advices.
On this forum many more sitters seem to contribute than owners. But if you use the spy glass, there is a category (owners) where you may find answers.

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Welcome @jeansaunders to the forum. We’re looking forward to meeting you and looking after Lily in July in your lovely village! There’s a wealth of information and help available both in the threads on the forum and on the THS site and members here are very friendly and supportive. Great you have more travel plans for the year.


Hi @jeansaunders & Lily welcome to our community forum and to TrustedHousesitters, thank you for the lovely introduction and please share pics of Lily & your village, thatched cottages are quintessentially English and a joy to see …

Enjoy being here and connecting with members from around the world, we look forward to sharing in your 2022 TrustedHousesitters travels …

Angela and the Team

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I tried to find you on THS Web site but did not succeed… what is the name of your town there are too many listings in Hampshire…

We’re in Abbotts Ann

Many thanks, Angela. I’ve been trying to work out how to post photos on the forum…any help would be great.


@jeansaunders just picking up on this while Angela is offline, to add some instructions that one of our other members helpfully provided to explain how to add photos here in the forum. Hope this helps and we look forward to seeing your chatting cat :slight_smile: Both our current sit and our last have had very vocal cats and I’ve got very good at cat speak :rofl:

How to share pictures in forum posts

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Thanks dry much