I am Dee and I have been recently widowed. My husband and I had a wonderful exchange to Florence several years ago and were going to do another to England soon - but I was forced to cancel with his death. My two daughters usually travel with me, along with my son in law and my two grandchildren, 12 and 14. I am an artist and our home is filled with paintings and antiques. I am also meticulous about my homes upkeep so you would not be disappointed by beautiful pictures but the reality somewhat less so. My home is set up for entertaining, and there are dishes and silverware for a crowd. The patios have teak furniture and adirondack chairs and are lovely and private. My front garden had one of my ships figureheads mounted amid the climbing roses. My Border Collie is the most wonderful dog - ever! - and she will be in the caretakers cottage, so there will be two Border Collies in the yard. I can arrange to have her placed away if that is preferred. I have two cats - equally wonderful - but they will be boarded during any exchange unless you would prefer to take on their care and feeding.