Life at No.22, Life of adventure, New Zealand

A Slice of Paradise – The Catlins, NZ

Rugged, dramatic, and pristine. You will be blown away in more ways than one When exploring this mostly under-explored part of New Zealand. You do need to go and visit the Catlins. We did and automatically fell in love with it. Nugget Point Our trip down was enjoyed via the comfort of a home on… Continue reading A Slice of Paradise – The Catlins, NZ

Life at No.22, Life of adventure, Walks

A Walk around Mt Maunganui [Mauao]

The day started with grand ambitions to scale a Mountain, she's a reasonable size towering an impressive 231 metres skywards. These were changed when darkening skies were forming right behind us as we headed towards the start of my walk. Thoughts of a less wet ending to this story might occur if I went around… Continue reading A Walk around Mt Maunganui [Mauao]

Life at No.22, Life of adventure

A Pen, Paper and my Imagination



Today, there is a bit of action happening on my blog.

Firstly, today Globalhousesitterx2 became Life at No.22.   My social media accounts such as Pinterest, Instagram will still be known as Globalhousesitterx2 until I work out how to do the change successfully. Hopefully, this won’t prove to be confusing to everyone including me!!  Facebook won’t allow me to change names so I may have to start a new page, oh what fun!
Regards to the new title it seems more fitting a description at this stage of our lives. As we are no longer travelling fulltime and are now spending more time in New Zealand. Though we are still holding onto a small glimmer of hope that we can fulfil a few housesitting commitments this year. The next month will reveal whether this will be a reality or not. While still remembering our most important responsibility is to ensure the Squire is happy, healthy as can be and doing what he wants to do with his time. Not sure what I am referring too? Then have a read of

Secondly, my blog turned 3 years old, though it took me until the end of 2016 to publish a post publically!. Hard to believe she is that old!! I have loved every moment, well nearly every moment as a newbie blogger.

Last but not least is acknowledging the overwhelming support we have received from friends, family and my blogging friends.

With regards to all you bloggers out there, this post I wrote about penpals of past, made me realise how much I enjoy having you all in my life. You are penpals just in a different way from using a pen, paper and the use of snail mail.

Again a big thank you, goes out to you all. Hopefully, you will have time to read the blog below.

Suzanne X

Life at No.22

Currently in Athens, and I won’t be writing up about our trip until we are at our next housesit.  So in the meantime here is a post about something different.

Do you remember the excitement of receiving a letter in the post with foreign stamps attached to it and that thrill of hearing once again from a friend that lived far away?

SUZYV (31)_editedIt was for me.  Up there as one of the highlights of my teenage years.

How it all began.

I always looked forward to Nana, [my first penpal in N.Z.] coming across from Gisborne sometimes on the bus, or with other family members who would drive her over.  She would always bring with her a bundle of magazines and papers which would be carefully placed in a square wicker basket [which I still have safely in storage].

Then there was the search for a particular magazine, not…

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Life at No.22, Life of adventure

Hello, 2019 – We CANcer vive!

Time to celebrate the arrival of a New Year by turning the last digit to 9.  With the chance of another day, week, month and another year.  In which most of us will get an opportunity for a fresh start in 2019. This coming year will be strides apart from our usual years of past. … Continue reading Hello, 2019 – We CANcer vive!

Housesitting in France, Life of adventure

A Ceramic Market in Auvillar

Looking through my draft folder as most bloggers do.  What do you know, a write up that should have been posted a month or two ago. Here is the post on Auvillar in Autumn.  Better late than never, so they say. A small break from unpacking and all those tedious chores associated with moving into… Continue reading A Ceramic Market in Auvillar

Food at the heart of a culture, Life at No.22, Life of adventure

The PAVLOVA Palaver

What do you mean its an Aussie Christmas treat? Come on, we all know it originated from New Zealand. Or did it? Our next door neighbour, Australia and us [New Zealanders] have had, shall we say, a tendency to take "the Mikey" out of each other since little Adam was conceived.  Our not so serious… Continue reading The PAVLOVA Palaver