Hi, we are Faith and Alan and we are Irish Canadians. Our kids wouldn’t run away from home so we did. We took early retirement and discovered housesitting as a way to travel the world. We are both ass-end baby boomers who just decided enough is enough. So we sold everything and now travel with a carry on each. We are lucky to have triple citizenship (Canada, UK & Ireland) and that allows us to spend most of our time in Europe. We are typical #boomers & #zoomers except for the massive pensions and we like to travel cheaply and cheerfully and show others how it can be done
Hi, I am Faith (Coates) and I recently retired from the Palace Theatre where I was the General Manager for the past 5 years. At the theatre I was responsible for raising money by creating special events, writing grants and generally marketing and promoting the theatre as a community space. In the 5 years that I worked there we went from generating an income of around $100,000 per year to over $500,000. Prior to the theatre I worked as a marketing consultant developing social enterprise ventures that would allow not for profit companies to develop businesses that would generate diverse streams of income and bring in profit instead of reliance upon government funding programs. This venture developed out of my entrepreneurial background and my 15 years as a business owner and product marketing consultant.
At home I enjoyed working on DIY projects with Alan and decorating and designing the renovations on our century home. My interests include writing, reading and research and for the past few years I have been busy ghostwriting several nonfiction books, developing business plans for various companies and creating website content for individuals.
- B.A. Social Sciences from the University of Western Ontario with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Women’s Issues.
- Driver’s License with clean driving record for 35 years
- Small Business Development Certification
- Grant Writing and Fundraising Certification (Charity Village)
- Small Business Accounting
- Small Business Marketing
- ESL (teaching English as a Second Language) Certification
- Born in the UK with EU and Canadian citizenship
This is our previous home in London, Ontario, Canada. As you can see it is an old Victorian style house and if you click here you can view a slide show where you can see the upgrades and work done on the house over the years. We did the majority of the work ourselves and Alan prides himself on our garden.
Hi, I am Alan (Hogan) and we want to be your go to reliable housesitters, we are honest, trustworthy and have an independent income from pensions and working at home. I have recently retired from Canada Post where I worked as a letter carrier for the past 30 years. I enjoyed my years at the Post Office, primarily because I essentially worked on my own outdoors in every conceivable kind of weather. I liked the self sufficiency of the work and was quite happy working independently. For the last year, before we moved to Mexico, I was a part-time delivery driver for Med Plus delivering medical supplies, drugs and appliances to hospitals, labs, and individuals. Outside of the Post Office I enjoyed renovating our home and became very proficient at a variety of DIY tasks. Together Faith and I renovated our entire house from top to bottom including putting in two new bathrooms, a dream kitchen, we tore down walls to open up the space and create a better flow. We replaced the flooring with new laminate flooring throughout the main floor of the house and pretty much re-designed and built a new home from the inside out. I have lots of experience with plumbing, drywall, electrical repairs, flooring installs and much more.
I also love gardening and on the exterior of the house I built patios, copper arbors, ponds and a stream even though the back yard was a tiny (by Canadian standards) 30′ x 45′ lot. I have a great love of motorcycles and had my own Honda Shadow for over 12 years and spent a lot of time travelling on the bike.
Faith and I have 3 sons ranging in age from 28 to 32 and while none of them are currently married, one has a fiancée and the youngest is expecting his first child in July of 2016. In our current family there are several pets ranging from a bull mastiff/black lab cross Marley who weighs in at over 120lbs, Gizmo the brindle pug, a bearded dragon, several fish and 2 Boxers.
- Driver’s License’s : DM (Motorcycle & Category D is up to a 26ft truck) clean record for over 35 years and an International license
- Whitesail Certification & Boat Smart Certification
- Small Engine Repair Certification
- PADI Certification
- Police Check including Vulnerable Persons check
- Born in the UK and so have EU citizenship and Canadian