How one woman (Donna Mulvenna) set a frantic pace around the world and established a profitable farm sitting business along the way.
The leap from house sitting for free, to farm sitting for profit
The fascinating thing about life is that sometimes, one seemingly minor decision can have an enormous impact on your lifestyle, the people you meet, the things you do and the places you see.
When the last dairy goat farmer within traveling distance of my south eastern Queensland home told me she was going out of business my response was, “But where will I buy my goat milk?”
“I suggest you buy your own goats,” she said. And to my astonishment, that is exactly what I did.
At the time, my experience and knowledge of goat husbandry was below zero. But how different could it be to looking after a horse, a dog, some chickens or a guinea pig?
Very different as it turned out.
I settled into a new reality where I didn’t have a holiday for half a decade. Why? Because it was virtually impossible to find someone as responsible, loving, and efficient as I was to look after a dozen goats for an extended period of time.
Later, a change in personal circumstances and the subsequent sale of the herd opened a new chapter of my life. Like many people I dreamed of long-term travel but the reality was, I needed an income.
Broke in Edinburgh…
Fast forward and here I was sitting almost broke in an Edinburgh cafe. I was wondering what on earth I could do to generate the time and money I needed to continue my travels.
I had met many people who I called real travellers. An outdoor educator leading mountain treks and kayaking tours; a non-Scottish busker playing the bagpipes; and a zoologist monitoring an otter population in the Outer Hebrides.
I wasn’t qualified to do any of that.
…but I could milk a goat!
Milking a goat might not have seemed the most impressive skill to my bagpipe playing, zoologist friends. But it opened the door to a lifestyle that allowed me to …
(article continues in House Sitting Magazine)