I haven't done this before, but I have been a home-owner for 25 years, and I am also an avid gardener. I have stellar references both in Ottawa and in Toronto. I am planning to put my Ottawa home on the market by the end of July.
Available Sept.'12. Toronto. Known for my own pristine & beautiful homes.
I am looking for a long-stay position, perhaps best suited to you if you will be gone over the winter.
I currently teach English to Civil Servants in Ottawa, and am moving to Toronto permanently. I would continue to work with my current employer, but as I will be in a new market, I expect to get contract work initially. The house-sitting would be my initial venture to explore housing and full-time employment.