Housesitters and my food

LOL, no, just regular ice cubes.

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Yes @Maggie8K ready meals are big in the UK more than anywhere I’ve travelled so far.

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Absolutely – of course I have no problem with a sitter using the items you listed and I wouldn’t actually expect him/her/them to replace such things – but just to let me know if anything was used up.

Well, all these comments about ice cubes makes me somewhat regret asking this question. I’m not unreasonable and of course have no problem at all with the sitters using pantry and fridge items – things I told them to feel free to use anyway. That was just my second sit (and the first was just two nights and the couple were from my country, so they came with all their food items) and I’d never realized that sitters might think they could consume anything in the house, especially as I’d taken them grocery shopping. Anyway, I’ve adjusted my welcome pack to say what’s off limits and what’s not. No ice cubes mentioned. :slight_smile:

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Possible headline on your sit:

All the ice cubes you want!

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@Maggie8K when I last sat in the UK, my day out “sightseeing” sometimes consisted of going to the supermarkets :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: I could spend HOURS looking at all the different things and different prices to home, it really blew my mind what was on the shelves/refrigeration. I even got a Tesco card I was so enthralled :joy: Similarly, I find the same thing in the USA but the UK was literally mind-blowing. So a cheap day out for me, even when I bought things? Going through the supermarkets :partying_face: Travel is SUCH an eyeopener when a simple thing as this can cause such delight :kangaroo:

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I know what you mean, but never realised that the supermarkets in the UK were so fascinating! I also love looking at different food on offer in foreign supermarkets

@Smiley oh yes! Supermarkets in Australia seem so mundane after the UK ones! Particularly love Aldi and Tesco. Also the cost of alcohol, so cheap there! Oz has very high tax on alcohol so seeing a bottle of whisky e.g. for £19 in the UK compared to the price here, if one drank, it’s a cheap night out! :joy: When I was in the USA staying with my uncle, he refused to go to a supermarket with me and if he had to, I had a strict time limit lol :kangaroo:

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Yes! I love looking at supermarkets and drugstores when abroad. The funny thing is, I never go to the supermarket at home — my husband goes or I order online.

It’s fun seeing how differently people eat and drink around the world. In Russia, my husband and I discovered that they sell individual-sized shots of vodka, chilled and ready to drink, LOL. So of course, I bought one and threw it back.

@Maggie8K and this is one of the reasons I love travel so very much, because of the diversity :clinking_glasses:

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One of the things I love to do abroad is buy local toothpaste and soap. Like in the U.S. we don’t have pomegranate or green tea toothpaste. They’re affordable and extend the sense of travel for me.

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And each time you use such an item, it takes you back to that special memory of where it came from.

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Exactly! Love that.

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My mom, sister and I all LOVE browsing supermarkets and drug stores (think Boots, or the German DM). It’s a holiday in its own. I love it so much, that when I visited my in-laws in Germany for the first time, I disappeared to their local supermarket for a few hours. Apparently, after an hour, my MIL asked my husband whether he should go and check on me, perhaps I was having an issue with the language. He just laughed, he knew I was in my happy place.

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@botvot oh you’re my type of gal! They wouldn’t want the two of us in a supermarket at the same time then! :laughing:

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@ziggy @botvot make that 3 of us! :laughing:

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@Samox24 my last sit in Scotland, I went to Aldi EVERY.DAY! Checkout staff started inviting me to weddings etc :laughing:

@ziggy hilarious! :rofl:

I love supermarkets in different countries too. So lovely to still be using eye drops from Denmark and think of my special time there.

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@americlogs, I also think it’s a bit petty although quite why someone would hide stuff they’ve used is beyond me. If you don’t want someone to use something, put it away. Although I guess it was perishable. We told our sitters to help themselves to whatever; they’re looking after our animals - free pet care which in the UK and near where I live (it’s more expensive in other places) is £10 per cat per night. Yes, the sitters getting free accommodation but you’re also gaining the security of having a human in your home whilst you’re away. I’d put it down to experience and make explicit your requirements of a sitter?