I am very sorry to have to report that my wonderful husband and partner in every way, Cliff, died on December 10 2016 after an intense 172 days with cancer. We were both lucky and blessed that Cliff was able to stay at Arnold Acres until the end.
I’m fortunate to live on 2.5 acres on the Arnold River of the West Coast of New Zealand. Although retired I enjoy doing freelance graphic design. After moving to New Zealand over 30 years ago, I’m proud to say I became a New Zealand citizen on February 19 2016.
With lots of time, we baked everything from scratch and had a vegetable garden and small orchard. I still grow some food but am more interested in growing flowers now.
Keeping our land looking good kept us busy. We did a little woodturning and fiddled around in our workshop, practised yoga and went out with a walking group every second Wednesday—there are many beautiful walks within a few hours drive. Now it’s up to me to keep our place looking good but it’s not a chore, everywhere I turn there are happy memories of my time here with Cliff.
The photo in our blog header is part of the view from our kitchen window. No wonder we liked cooking so much!
I am a fully retired typographer. After spending 40 years in the pre-press area of the printing trade I am happy to be spending my days on our beautiful property we have on the West Coast.
Like Clare I spend most of my days either working on our patch of land or (especially when it rains) being inside either baking, playing the piano or on the computer developing programs mostly for fun. Life is good here on the coast, every day is an adventure.