About us


ClareI am a semi-retired graphic designer and American ex-pat living on 2.5 acres on the Arnold River of the West Coast of New Zealand with my husband Cliff. We have lots of time now so we bake everything from scratch and have started a vegetable garden and small orchard. Recently we adopted three New Hampshire chickens who will provide us with eggs in the near future.

Keeping our land looking good keeps us busy. We do woodturning and fiddle around in our workshop, practice yoga and go out with a walking group every second Wednesday, there are many beautiful walks within a few hours drive.

The photo in our blog header is part of the view from our kitchen window. No wonder we like cooking so much!


CliffI 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 our blog or other websites. Life is good here on the coast, every day is an adventure.

5 Responses to About us

  1. Barbara Mulligan says:

    Hello Cliff. My husband & I are about to complete a book on NZ’s “ghost” railways which will be published by the end of this year by Grantham House Publishing. I have included a short paragraph on the Rewanui Incline advising readers it is accessible for walkers and cyclists only (our book is aimed at the traveller in an ordinary car, outlining what can be seen from the roadside). If possible I’d like to include a reference to your blog about the Incline which I have found most interesting.

    It would be great to hear from you about this in the next few days – we are due to hand over the manuscript to the publisher on Wednesday next week.

    Many thanks

    Barbara Mulligan

    • Clare says:

      Hi Barbara, we’d be pleased to have a link to our blog and look forward to seeing your book. All books about New Zealand walks, tracks and drives are a good resource for travelers, nature and history lovers.

  2. diane hill says:

    Hi Cliff and Clare. Your life sounds idyllic and as I know the area ,I am envious. while researching I found your site and find it very interesting. thanks. My Grandfather Frank Sparks was the contractor who built the Arnold river dam., , employing many single men with concrete filled hand barrows , during the depression. My mother and her sisters attended school at Aratika.
    In future I hope to do the rambles you have descibed . Diane Hill

  3. Clare says:

    Hi Diane, local history is very interesting. Thanks for your additions about your grandfather building the bridge. Where do you live now?

    • diane hill says:

      Hi Clare I live at Diamond Harbour .I am Hoping to inspire my family to make the trip over sometime. At present I am compiling our Family history , which includes my grandparents lives during the depression , on the coast.Do you know if the old school house is still standing at Aratika?If so I would be keen to take photos.I have obtained some nice shots of the dam from the internet.

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