A version of this story was first published in The Big Issue in May 2017.
I am standing in a field in Normandy trying to attract the attention of a donkey called Dara.
On Anzac Day 2015, I left Australian shores for six months travelling solo in France. Unlike my grandfather a century before, I wasn’t destined for the muddy fields of the Somme. My destination was another part of rural France altogether – Cinais in the Loire – the first of a series of housesits courtesy of a housesitting website called MindMyHouse.