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Margaret Dylan Jones
W.A. composer, pianist,
teacher, article writer
HOUSE SITTER Available
Do you require a FREE
Updated 06 July 2015
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I'm available to house sit in the Perth
hills and foothills, in the Shire of Mundaring or the Midland foothills.
WHAT AREAS / SUBURBS?
I love these localities and surrounding areas:
MIdland, Mundaring (town or shire), Stoneville, Parkerville,
Mahogany Creek, Glen Forrest, Darlington, Boya, Koongamia, Greenmount,
Jane Brook, Stratton, Swan View, Midvale, Bellevue, Helena
Valley, Sawyers Valley, Mount Helena, Chidlow, Gidgegannup, Beechina.
If you're looking for great references---housesitting, police, work,
personal---give me a call or send me an email (see the red email link
near the end).
WHAT IS THE COST?
There is no charge for house sitting (all year round). I get free rent
utility bills, you get free house
sitting & pet minding.
During the Christmas school holidays I also offer PAID
PET SITTING (click on that link for more info). That's
where I don't live in but simply
visit daily to feed your pets & water your plants.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
If you think you may need a house sitter please send me an email (click
on the link at the bottom of this page). Be sure to include your
location (suburb), dates (even if only approximate or prospective), and
your requirements (eg "two dogs, some watering"). Bear in mind that
even if I can't accept your booking at the moment I might contact you
again if I get a cancellation.
If you're thinking about booking me please DO NOT
WAIT until all your trip details are finalised, contact me NOW
even if your dates are uncertain.
don't hesitate to ask for a free initial 'no obligation' visit so we
can meet and see if it's going to work. I am very happy to meet
people 'on spec,' just so we already know each other for house sitting
some time in the future.
I'm mature (54, going on 34), sensible, experienced, capable,
intelligent. I like living alone and have almost no visitors. Once in a
blue moon my brother or mother might visit me, or a friend for bush
walking. I'm a
in all media (phone, letter, email, in person).
Although I'm not a gardener I enjoy hand watering lawns & gardens.
No stranger to housework. Never
smoked, drunk or used any drugs (I have a drink once a year).
Great rapport with pets. Over the last few years I've lived with
dogs (very small, medium, large), countless cats, dozens of fish, some
crustaceans, many flocks
of chooks (up to 42 in one location), some geese, sheep, goats,
alpacas, ponies, one miniature horse, guinea pigs, and many birds
budgies, red cap
parrots, galahs, weiros, an eclectus and others.
HOW DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Usually I visit you three times. First to take a few notes and see if
we both want to proceed. At the second visit I'll take more detailed
notes about how to feed your pets etc. And then I'll visit a day or two
before you leave. These visits are free.
Sometimes a booking gets cancelled when a house is sold or a job is
lost. This has happened four or five times so far, so it's worth
if it looks like I'm already booked.
MORE ABOUT ME
Margaret D. Jones (androgyne), highly qualified classical musician,
travelling music teacher (teaching students piano, theory or singing in
their own homes, not yours).
MY WORK previously included a year or so
disability support (part-time) in Kingsley and Victoria Park. I worked
as a security patrol officer in Karratha (full-time) and Perth
My background as a security officer means I'm observant and know how to
anything suspicious or noteworthy. One of my house sitting clients in
extremely glad they had me there when I discovered that
burglars had been busy.
MY PLAN is to house sit continuously
time in 2017 (at least), at which point I will seek to rent a
house or a granny flat in the same area. At that time I'll resume
teaching some of my
students at my own home and continue teaching others in their own
homes. (At present I only practice at home, and teach all my students
in their own homes. I don't have students coming to the homes I house
When there are gaps between house sits I stay with with
friends. I keep most of my life's
acquisitions in storage.
COMING UP NEXT IN 2014 and
I have several bookings, with gaps, through to early 2015.
I'm sorry this is not more up-to-date. I'm booked to around the middle
of October 2015.
PREVIOUS HOUSE SITTING (references available, just
Please remember, it's worth contacting me even if it looks like I'm
already booked because cancellations do happen.
2013 December 26 to 12 January 2014:
dogs, lots of chickens. (repeat
client, 3rd time).
2013 December 17 to 25: Parkerville. One
pony (miniature horse), two cats,
three goats and three chooks.
2013 December 12 to 16: house sitting in Mundaring was cancelled due to
the owner's change of plan, so I stayed with a friend in Morley.
2013 October 26 to December 11: Glen Forrest. One
2013 October 2 to 23: Mundaring,
near the golf course. One dog;
2013 Septemer 27 to October 01: A GAP, I stayed with friends in
Mundaring and Morley. (House sitting for another friend in
was cancelled because a holiday was rescheduled.)
2013 September 19 September to 26:
cap parrots, goldfish, bandicoots, possums, wild birds (repeat
client, 3rd time).
2013 September 10 to 16: Hovea (the one with the piano) (repeat
2013 August 17 to September 10: Darlington. Two dogs (repeat client,
3rd time). This couple had to shorten their trip by a week.
They said "Don't worry, when we get back from our overseas trip [a week
early] we'll head off in the mobile home and find somewhere to go
camping for a week, so you can still stay here," which was very
thoughtful but obivously not ideal for them. So I emailed seven others
who I'd turned down to see if any still needed a house sitter. That's
why I did a repeat at Hovea in September after this one.
2013 July 24 to August 16: Chidlow. One lovely dog and
some great bush walks.
2013 July 15 to July 23: Parkerville. Two dogs, two
cats, some fish.
2013 July 12 to July 15: Gidgegannup, 3 cats, 13 sheep, 1
ram, 1 alpaca, 4 chooks, watering (repeat
(July 2013 in Swan View was cancelled due a job being lost).
2013 June 12 to July 12: Gidgegannup. Two
& a ram.
2013 May 29 to June 7: Darlington (repeat client).
20 to 28: nine days in Glen Forrest (repeat
2013 May 9 to 17: nine days in Hovea (not
the same place as
two small dogs.
2013 May 2 to May 8: Darlington (repeat from Feb. 2013, just
two cats & watering this time) (repeat
2013 April 12 to May 2: Gidgegannup, 3 cats, 13
ram, 1 alpaca, 4 chooks, watering.
(April / May 2013: four weeks in Chidlow, near Lake
Leschenaultia [not the same place as previous November], was cancelled
due to a holiday trip being cancelled.)
2013 March 26 to April 10: Darlington, two dogs.
2013 March 15 to 27: Mt Helena. 2 dogs, 3 cats, 15
chickens (inc. 3 roosters), 3 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, 6 ducks, 1 goose,
two parrots, three other birds in separate cages, some watering.
2013 February 23 to March 10: Parkerville, one dog,
2013 February: 22 days in Darlington, two cats, one
one home owner requiring a little assistance.
2013 Mid-January to early February : staying
best friend in
(A booking late January to early February 2013 in Parkerville was
cancelled because their niece came to stay.)
Mid-December 2012 to 8 January 2013:
a few weeks in Hovea, not far from where I grew up. And another
What's with all these pianos? Almost four in a row just when my own
piano is sitting in a piano tuner's workshop getting
(A booking in Sawyers Valley in Dec / Jan was cancelled due
to another property
being sold). (Repeat
client, would have been my third time with them).
2012 December: two weeks in Mount Helena, one old cat
2012 November: twenty days in Lesmurdie. This is out of
area, but you can't always get what you want, you get what you need.
This booking was accepted before closer ones came along.
2012 November: nine days in Chidlow near Lake
Leschenaultia. Cats, dogs, horses, and a piano.
2012 October: twelve days in Parkerville, two dogs,
fish, some plant watering, and the most amazing view. Not far from
where I grew up.
2012 October: six days in Koongamia, two dogs (one a greyhound),
three cats, three chooks, and piano. Yay!
2012 September to October: nearly four weeks in
Mundaring (near Jarrah Creek), 42 chooks, two ponies, one dog, and
(A booking in Wooroloo in Sept / Oct 2012 was cancelled due to
2012 September: a few days house sitting for my brother
Sawyers Valley, two chihuahuas, three geese, a few chickens.
2012 September: one week in Glen Forrest, weiros, red
cap parrots, goldfish, bandicoots, possums, wild birds.
2012 July to August: four weeks in Sawyers Valley (repeat
client, 14 chooks plus watering).
2012 July: sixteen days in Gidgegannup (repeat
two dogs, 11 chooks, two ponies which I fed carrots daily).
2012 May to July: six weeks in Beechina (near Chidlow),
(one is blind and deaf),
two cats, numerous fish and crustaceans. The neighbours looked after
ponies and sheep (and I fed carrots to the ponies most days).
2012 April: Seven weeks in Mount Helena, four chooks
and a little watering on hot days.
2012 April: Eight days paid pet sitting in Mount
Helena: 5 chooks (inc. 3 silkies), six guinea pigs, one dog, some
2012 March: ten days in Swan View. 2 poodles and a
little watering. Nice swimming pool!
2012 March: two and a half weeks in Mundaring town, two
dogs (a ridgeback and a small dog) plus a little watering in the heat
2012 February: four weeks in Sawyers Valley. 14 chooks
and lots of watering.
2012 January: twelve days in Gidgegannup. Two
medium-large dogs (a ridgeback and a staffie cross) who were an
absolute delight, 6
chooks, a few pot plants, mail collecting from PO. Quite an eventful
time: thunder, lightening, hail; smelt smoke from 4km and began
evacuation procedures (but didn't need to go); power & water
failures (used the generator; Western Power eventually found a
fried possum on the line); found stray birds in a covered
orchard; gate forced open by storm debris; and a big tree came down.
Was only 12 days but it kept me on my toes.
2012 January: Paid pet-sitting in Parkerville,
16 days. Two cats, some watering. I don't normally do paid
agreed as the plan was for me to do complete house-sitting some months
later for free, and it was school holiday time which is when I have
more time on my hands.
2011 December to January 2012: three weeks in
cockerspaniels, three redcap parrots, two galahs, some watering. This
one overlapped a little with the Mundaring house but the owner was
happy for me to simply make daily visits initially.
2011 November to December: seven weeks in Mundaring
cat, 12 chooks, 20 fish, a worm farm, many newly-planted native plants.
2011 May to October: six months in a house in
/ Perth hills), May to the end of October. This home was complete
gorgeous cats who
always sat on my lap when I watched television.
2009: My very first. 15 weeks in a three-bedroom house
in Karratha (Pilbara region), which had been retained by an
accounting firm as a staff
house but was
not required for their staff at the time. At the end of my stay they
offered to rent it to me, "for only $1350.00 per week." (They don't use
Australian money in the Pilbara, they have their own currency. It's
called "Karratha Money.")
I grew up in Parkerville and Hovea, went to
school at Parkerville PS, Eastern Hills SHS, and Governor Stirling SHS
(this was all in the Good 'ol Days, up to 1978), but since going to UWA
in 1979 I lived away
from the area (in the western suburbs, plus 3 years in Sydney and 4
Click on the links to learn
more about me. You can reach me by phone or email.
My mobile is 0414 374 701.
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