NON Awas Salan

EULOGY - Marlene Patricia Campion

Friday, October 10, 2014


Hi All yorley Thank you for coming to Nanna Marls celebration of her life. Marls touched so many people in her life and she was such an amazing   giver of love. I was one of those lucky people whom, Marls bestowed her unconditional love to. I have known Marls since I was 18 so therefore she has been a very big part of my life and my journey with Marls was ,Trip the Light Fantastic.

Marlene Patricia Campion, born in Hobart on the 20th September 1932 to William and Winnifred Kelly and was the youngest of seven children - Lindsay, Geoffrey, Winnifred, Jim, Glennis and Terry - we are honoured to have Glennis and Terry here, her only surviving siblings and her nephew Michael here with us today.  The loss of their parents at a young age meant that Marlene and her sisters were raised in St Joseph’s orphanage, where they were cared for by the Sisters’ of Charity

Throughout these early years Marlene and her siblings maintained contact and a strong family bond - a bond which she carried through to her later years in life.

Marlene went to school at St Joseph’s College in Hobart and then at the age of 14, Marlene was taken by the nuns on a boat from Hobart to Sydney where she moved to live with her sister Glennis and her husband Ken.  At age 18, Marlene returned to her home town of Hobart, during which time Nanna entered the 1951 Regatta and was crowned ‘Miss New Norfolk’ - a title she never let her family members forget about.  Only a few months later Marlene decided to return to Sydney as she missed her big sister and decided to move back to Manly for good. It was during this time she developed her love for the mighty Manly Sea Eagles, a passion which she passed on to her grandchildren, some might describe it as brainwashing.

Marlene’s worked at Mark Foys, a large department store as a sales assistant.  Always dressed to the nines, with her looks and personality she could sell ice to the Eskimos.

In her early twenties, Marls frequented a Memorial Hall, a local dance where she was swept off her feet by the love of her life Ron. A biker and member of the Corso Cowboy Club, Ron recalls doubling Marls on his Triumph motorbike. Ron and Marlene lived life to the fullest and loved to socialise with friends and family.

On February 4th, 1957 Ron and Marlene wed at the Church of England in Chatswood. Ron and Marlene then moved into a beautiful flat above ‘Wynns’ the department store’', that Ron managed in Ashfield. Here they brought their beautiful daughters Michele and Marita into the world. Michele and Marita recall with fondness, frequent camping trips to Long Jetty where they went prawning and swimming with the pelicans - coming out with pelican itch - covered in hives and then smothering themselves in Calamine lotion.

In 1972 Ron and Marlene moved to Norfolk and purchased the Browse About, which was an iconic store at the time. They were a dynamic duo in business together and soon become well loved by all. Their house was always open to friends and family - everyone has fond memories of Ron playing ukelele, making Chi Chis while Marls danced in her grass skirt and coconut bra. Whenever Aunty Glenn came to visit, it was game on,  Marls and her always did the hula to Pearly Shells and Aunty Glen would say this is ridiculous, however they loved to entertain and when those two were together you could never get a word in edgeways.

 

After selling their business Marls became the Queen of the Vegemite Village day care. All the children loved Nanna Marls. She had a magic gift with children.

 

Marlene was so excited to see her grandchildren come into the world - first Jared (Bubs), then Jay ( Jay Jay,)  Jade ( Jade-a ), Zack ( Zachypoohs) and  Genna ( Gennawenna.) Her life became her grandkids- the best looking, smartest, angels who could do no wrong. According to Nanna their partners Simon, Chloe, Bec, Emily and Mitch are the luckiest people to have walked on this earth and she constantly reminded them how lucky they are. In saying that, Nanna made everyone feel like part of the family and was fondly known by all as Nanna Marls.

Nanna would do anything for family; she was a giver and was so generous to us all. The arrival of her great grandchildren - Shae, Storm, Mace and Charlie Fynn brought her enormous joy. They too reaped the kindness and generosity of their precious Nanna Marls.

Marls was fortunate to live her life in good health, with a love for life rivalled by none. Marls left us for a place where she will find deeper powers, deeper joys and wonderful horizons - A few minutes before happy hour, her favourite time of day and surrounded by her loving family.

Here is a snapshot of some of the wonderful memories the Grandkids have :

- Her famous quotes: ‘Hello darling heart’ everytime she greeted us;  (Football) ‘maggots on the goal post’, ‘get off him you dirty bastards’, ‘leave poor little Toovey alone’- throughout every Manly game. One of Marls quotes,  ‘right as gold and good as rain’ - as she would swirl her glass of chardonnay.  That friggin’ bowling club’ - in reference to her dislike of the time papa spent there

- Down the beach with the kids smothering herself in mutton bird oil while us kids ate the sandy sandwiches she made us

-  Nanna driving us home from a party at Mum’s  one night - driving up the banks with Jada and Zach in the back crying, and Jay and Jared in the front laughing.

- She insisted that she had only ever had 1 or 2 glasses of wine

- Nanna always looked her best and she would never hold back with comments like ‘ooh-ah, you’ve put on weight’

-The grandchildren also have fond memories of Nana Marls taking them along with her to the Leagues club every weekend to watch the manly game.

Marls loved the world and the world loved her. She was a diehard Manly Eagles fan and I know her wish would be to convert everyone here today. Marls we will miss you darling
woman.You were our shining light
and we know your light will be shining on the otherside. Ooah See you there and Maggots on the Goal Post. 

Please 'contact us' for more information.

THANK YOU TO THE NORFOLK ISLAND COMMUNITY

Friday, October 03, 2014


On the 28th September 2014 our family and members of the community laid to rest Russell Harold Beadman, who died in the Norfolk Island Hospital on the evening of 20th September 2014.

He was a passionate and very proud Australian.  Russ had lived a long and full life and had only recently celebrated his 93rd birthday on the 1st September 2014.  He will be remembered as a family man, principled, confident in his beliefs and never shy to share the odd opinion.

There are so many people we would like to thank for helping Russ and his family through tough times while he was ill in hospital, and then during the almost unbearably sad times following his death.

The medical staff at the Norfolk Island Hospital, and particularly Dr Jenny Sexton and Dr Martin who cared for Russ, and counselled us; and to all of the very caring staff and nurses (especially Margaret and Jess) who treated him and his family as their own; thank you.

To Shane Quintal who went the extra mile for us; to Reverend Roz who gave comfort and led the service at Kingston; to Edie and the ladies who prepared the flowers; to those who prepared the grave; to those who carried Russ to his final resting place; to those who assisted with burial arrangements and lead the funeral procession; to those who were with us at the graveside service; to Gary and Lynne for use of Parklands; thank you.

To all of those who called into our home to listen to and share stories, who consoled us, cooked for us, or who gave their condolences from here and afar, thank you.

To Russ’ ‘other’ local sons, Moochie and Wes, who were such a delight in his life, and who were there for us in the darkest times, remember we will love you always as he did.

To our dear family and friends who came from Australia and New Zealand, we could not have got through this without your love and care.

Our family miss him terribly and it will always be so, but we are comforted by having so many wonderful and caring people here for us.

Thanks f’orl ucklun.

Marie Beadman (Mim) and family

Please 'contact us' for more information.

CHINESE QIGONG EXERCISES ENRICH HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE

Friday, September 26, 2014


Qigong Master John K Saw first graced Norfolk Island’s shores in 2008. He has returned in 2014 over this last week, to teach and share Mawangdui Daoyin Exercises. A dedicated group of 10 visiting practitioners and 10 local participants have fostered the healing benefits of the gentle flowing exercises to balance body, calm the mind, and lift the spirit. The full day seminar was even attended by the Norfolk group’s latest local on the way to enlightenment, ‘Dids’, until the more worldly responsibilities of travel out to Phillip Island called him away. Meanwhile, we enjoyed the welcome presence throughout the whole week of visitors from as far as Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, and Kiama, New South Wales.  

The qigong classes have been held daily at the Uniting Church Hall, against a backdrop of the Norfolk Island flag and a pleasant array of fresh hibiscus flowers. During the breaks the group has sipped Chinese tea prepared by connoisseur, Kay Kai-Wen Joh, a traditional tea ceremony specialist. After class, participants have been rewarded with Pat Buffett’s home grown plun (bananas) to more deeply enrich health in a way that only Norfolk knows-how.   

The Mawangdui Daoyin Exercises find their genesis in pictures that were unearthed from the Mawangdui Tombs of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) in Changsha, Hunan Province, China. In more recent years, they have been compiled as a series for contemporary practitioners by the Chinese Health Qigong Association. The movements are meant to be practiced using concentration of the mind focused along the body’s meridian pathways, and incorporate raising and squatting, extending and withdrawing, and bending and stretching. The movements are simple yet beautiful, easy to learn, and benefit practitioners both physically and spiritually. The exercises are intended to help overcome disease and prolong life.

The class was blessed to have the presence of Lorraine Bataille, whose foresight is credited with establishing a group of dedicated local ladies that have bonded together to practice tai chi and qigong once a week since 2004. Lorraine accompanied the leader of the local ladies, Eunice Vercoe, who brought all her past Chinese lives to the present and jotted down the movements and technique lest any oel gehl se forget. We reminisced of the good old days when even Tommy Lloyd used to waltz between us at class, and welcome back any other locals whose presence we still miss.

Each practitioner over this last week, breathing Norfolk’s pristine fresh air and listening to the background softness of birdsong, felt a palpable sense of lightness and inner peace. One visiting practitioner, Terry Dart, also a Chinese Medical Practitioner and Acupuncturist explained during his educational and entertaining discussion to the group that, “the lungs sit like a canopy or filter (like tree tops) over the organs”. He said, “they are closest to the outside world and filter the life-force as it comes within.” He explained, “the emotion associated with the lungs is sadness, and too much sadness can injure the lungs.” The Mawangdui Daoyin Exercises are intended to moderate the emotions for more stable health.

The first exercise of the Ma Wang Dui Dao Yin Shu series, called ‘Drawing a Bow’ (Wan Gong) involved expanding the chest and rolling back the shoulders, to stretch the muscles of the neck, and help prevent and relieve aches and pains. Accompanied by fine-tuned breathing, this first exercise helps to relieve chest tightness and asthma. It nourishes the internal organs, such as the lungs, heart, and pericardium. Being practised daily and perfected over the course of the week, it has been the start of stepping into Spring with full and fresh inspiration. For those interested in joining us for the next Qigong Retreat on Norfolk Island please contact travel@travelcentre.nf or visit www.norfolkislandtravelcentre.com .

                       

Please 'contact us' for more information.

MEET DIESEL

Friday, September 19, 2014


The Baby Faced Assassin ... Norfolk Island Golf Club’s answer to Tiger Woods (minus the women)

 

Many people will know Diesel by face, but also because of his loud shirt, a loud smile and the ease with which he handles island time.  He doesn’t exactly approach life at the speed of sound.  

 

Niue and Norfolk ... who would of thought that a visiting representative from the Niue Golf Team  circa 2001 would then set down roots and make Norfolk Island his home?  But he did, and we are glad of that, because he brings us much joy.  

 

But there is more to Diesel than just golf!  He used to be a mighty fine footy player too.  Rugby league was his passion, however the body of the ‘flying-coconut‘ (as he was known then) is not so well equipped for a bone-crunching game of league these days.  Thankfully for us however, all that knowledge and experience of the game has not been lost in vain.  Diesel happily and contentedly passes on all of his wily know-how, in the guise of Coach Extraordinaire, to our local lads of the league fraternity.  Our boys have greatly benefited from this man’s experience and prowess.  Diesel takes on these young men and instils in them the integrity of how to play the game. 

 

If there is any criticism of him it would perhaps be that visitors and first time Diesel-meeters should be forewarned of the spectacle that is his substitute for the standard celebratory speech.  The now expected dance of triumph!!   We all have to endure the hip-wiggling, booty shaking, gyrating torso of Diesel!   In his case, actions speak louder than words and this quirk of nature is a spectacle to behold.  

 

Well done Diesel, I guess you will continue to dance your way through life with lyricism and warmth

Please 'contact us' for more information.

MEETGREG MAGRI

Friday, September 12, 2014


Greg Magri is a 7th generation descendant of Fletcher Christian, leader of the Mutiny on the Bounty.  He was born in Melbourne Australia on the 8th June 1969.  Here is his Norfolk story.
 
I grew up on Norfolk Island since I was three months old and was totally immersed in our care free, ‘full of love’ life style here on the island, and spending a lot of my childhood with the older generation Islanders.  I soon became aware of the importance of our culture and heritage.                   
 
At 10 years of age I became one of Mary ‘Joe’ Nobbs last students to be taught the Norfolk traditional art of plaiting and weaving.  I would also go out and help Mary ‘Joe’ and Beatie Biggs with the collection of different weaving materials around the Island. This part of our Norfolk Island culture soon became a passion of mine.  I was 17 years of age when I made my first hat under the guidance of Mavis Hitch.  Since then I have made close to 4,000 hats which have been exported to places all around the world, including Japan, England, New Zealand, Australia and USA.
 
In the past 12 years I have represented Norfolk Island culture throughout the South Pacific.  In 1995 I went to a national weaving hui in Cape Reinga, New Zealand.  The national weaving hui is a workshop for weavers throughout New Zealand.  In 2000 I attended the Festival of Pacific Arts in Noumea where I taught the art of weaving, and learnt the techniques of weaving and plaiting from other cultures.  In 2004 I was at the Festival of Pacific Arts again, this time in Palau.
 
In the past three years I have had my work displayed in exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney.  I also have my hats and weaving products on display permanently in the Brisbane art gallery, and in the ‘Friends of Pitcairn Museum’ in the USA.
 
I conduct workshops for visitors and locals who are interested in learning to plait and sew hats in the traditional Norfolk way.  These workshops are free, and are held at the Golden Orb Bookshop and Cafe on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between the hours of 10am to 3pm.  All are welcome.
 
We also teach weaving and plaiting at the Norfolk Island Central School on Mondays and Thursdays.  We are hoping to encourage our younger generation to keep this part of our heritage and culture alive as weaving is one of the main traditions brought from Pitcairn Island that has survived being past down through the generations. Because plaiting is so important to our culture we need to make sure we don’t lose the traditional way of plaiting by just borrowing other cultures techniques.
 
We are a small Island but we have a lot to offer all ages.  The Bounty Museum at Middlegate is a wonderful museum to learn all about our history since the landing of the Pitcairn Islanders in 1856.  I also feel that the Cyclorama is just amazing and is a must see for all visitors to the Island. You will be as amazed as I am at the incredible amount of work and effort that was required to achieve this panoramic painting of the history of the Norfolk people.  
 
And if you would like to buy an example of something very Norfolk, orders can be taken for hats or other weaving works through Norfolk Online at www.norfolkonlinenews.com.  Or come and visit me each Tuesday and Wednesday at the Golden Orb where our hats are on display.  Men’s hats are sold from $75.00 and women’s decorated hats are sold from $85.00.
 
I finish with a quote from historian Allan Toynbee because it puts into perspective the importance of culture to a community:  “culture is a movement not a condition, a voyage not a harbour, I add that culture is not just the past, it is the present and the future, it is what we once were, but it also what we hope to be”.

Please 'contact us' for more information.

EULOGY - AGNES EDWARDS - 13.10.1933 22.6.2014

Friday, September 05, 2014


Agnes Edwards was born on the 13th of October 1933 to Rungi and Sybil Moore in Palmerston South Island New Zealand.

Agnes met Stan Jensen at the Salvation Army in Palmerston North and they were married in 1956

They had 3 children, Raewyn, Robyn and Graeme and later adopted Melvin. This was an admirable undertaking by a very generous special couple.

She has 6 grand children and 4 great grand children.


In 1967 Stan and Agnes visited Norfolk Island and 6 months later packed up the family and moved here to live. They bought and worked in the Norfolk Island Newsagency.

In 1999 Stan passed away. I am sure that her involvement in many community groups and coffee clubs plus the companionship of her three dogs Jessie, Tammy and Buster would have eased the time alone between family visits.

In 2005 Agnes and Bill were married by David Jones in the lovely rose gardens of Wanganui in New Zealand. Following this Agnes and Bill enjoyed a few trips off the island visiting different parts of Europe and Canada.

Over the last nine years Bill and Agnes were happily married and never a hard word was spoken.

Agnes loved and was a long standing member of the Uniting church


A highlight for Agnes was meeting the Queen on the Island in 1974 while she was the secretary for the A & H Society.

During her years on the Island Agnes drove with Marie’s Tours and then later on with Bounty Tours. She did many years driving the school bus runs, and maybe some of you here can remember being told to get off and walk home for misbehaving.

She spent many hours most of her life doing spinning, knitting, crochet, needle work, craft and quilting. She had much pleasure in taking part in the different groups, and tutoring many.

Escorting the tourists embraced Agnes’ sociable and amicable nature and her vast knowledge of Island affairs, personalities and Island history.

There was laughter a plenty during the progressive dinner excursions when she taught all her passengers the coconut song.

She spent many hours most of her life doing spinning, knitting, crochet, needle work, craft and quilting. She had much pleasure in taking part in the different groups and tutoring many.

She was also excellent at writing poems and she wrote many of them.

These creative activities highlight her usual calmness, her patience and quite determination but most of all the love she had for those who received the final products of her personalised artistry.

Agnes had a wonderful sense of humour. She was easy to talk to and excellent company especially after the occasional muscato or two.

She had warm smile and a subtle cheekiness in her grin and eyes. She enjoyed learning new words for the many cross words puzzles she attempted. Although usually a modest unpretentious personality she would learn a new word and then quiz those around her as to its meaning, when they gave up she would tell them the answer as if she’d know it all her life.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Please 'contact us' for more information.

THE RED HATTERS TAKE ON NORFOLK ISLAND

Friday, August 29, 2014


Although the start to the week was a little overcast and wet we’d hope seeing the bright Red & Purple Red Hatter’s around the island brightened up your day! Queenalee Rosalie and the Red Hatter Chapter “The Bounty Babes” and The Norfolk Island Travel Centre welcomed visiting Red Hatter ladies from both New Zealand and Australia with open arms this week in there gorgeous hats and delightful outfits.


The week commenced with a welcome dinner at Paradise Hotel, a wonderful evening where ladies could meet new Red Hatter members (and catch up with old friends they have met over the years). The evening was filled with lots of champagne, great food and lots and lots of laughs with many chapters entertaining us all with poetry, skits and a touch of The Sound of Music.


Up early to enjoy a delicious Paradise breakfast, the ladies then headed off on their half day tour with Larry and Max. Late afternoon the ladies experienced the impressive Trial of the Fifteen, and after a sherry with the cast headed to Pa Yea’s for a scrumptious two course dinner with great entertainment from Lully.


On Thursday, hilarious times were had at A Walk in the Wild where the ladies laughed their way around the mini golf course, enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea.


Friday saw the ladies enjoy a Glass Bottom Boat Tour with a difference (which followed a light lunch at Paradise hotel). With champagne on the shores of Emily Bay the ladies were entertained with a few songs by Don Reynolds and then headed onto the boats for a Glass Bottom Boat experience they will never forget!


With the week coming to an end and with many optional tours under the ladies hats, the group tonight head to the Sirius Room at Paradise Hotel for a Farewell “Elvis” Dinner and Show, no doubt a finale and a half for this vivacious and fun crowd 


The ladies start departing this Sunday and we wish all a safe trip home and hope you will share many fun Red Hatter tales with your Chapters back home. We look forward to welcoming you back to Norfolk Island perhaps, for what will be Norfolk Island’s 7th Formal Red Hatter Gathering next year!!

Please 'contact us' for more information.

DELIA HUNT COMES TO NORFOLK ISLAND

Friday, August 22, 2014


New Zealand soprano, Delia Hunt, who delighted local audiences with her solo performances when she visited Norfolk Island with Schola Cantorum last November, will be returning at the end of August and will be offering a concert of light opera and musical theatre at The Ferny Lane Theatre on Saturday, 6 September.

Delia began her studies at Samuel Marsden Collegiate in Wellington, NZ and finished in 2004 as head of the school choir and with a completed ASB in teaching speech and drama. In 2005-2006 she completed her LSB in teaching speech and drama and began teaching privately and at her old school. While raising her young family Delia attended UCOL in Palmerston North, completing a certificate in performing arts with an A in singing. Whilst in Palmerston North she played Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music, Mrs Potifar in Joseph.

This gave her the inspiration to audition for the University of Canterbury where she studied under Vernon Midgley and Zara Ballara. Delia is in her final year of an undergraduate degree at Canterbury University and is planning to undertake honours in 2015. This year she was in The Chapman Tripp New Zealand Opera Chorus for La Boheme, which was a thrilling experience. Here she met several people who encouraged her to go overseas for further training and not put her study to rest after honours level.

Delia has the unique voice of a spinto soprano which enables her to handle both lyric and dramatic roles with ease. She would love the chance to develop her voice further in the UK, where she can audition for music conservatories and meet with potential teachers, and is currently searching for sponsors in NZ who are willing to help her with her studies to achieve this dream in 2015.

In addition to performing, Delia will be offering vocal tuition while she is on the island

Please 'contact us' for more information.

MY TRIP BACK TO NORFOLK ISLAND ... by Felicity Pulman

Friday, August 15, 2014


I’m so excited to be returning to Norfolk Island, in company with my sister who is so keen to see the setting that inspired my book, A Ring Through Time. 


I met so many lovely people while I was researching my novel on your island; I’m so grateful for all their help, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing them all again.  Researching and writing Ring took place over a number of years, from first hearing the voice that inspired the story. I only found out later that it was Allie saying, ‘If only I could see my life as clearly as I can see now.’ This is how the book opens, but finding out what happened next took a LONG time!  


Researching and writing A Ring Through Time was enormously interesting and great fun (even if on some days I sat at the computer crying as I wrote the story of Alice and Cormac!) I started writing the book during a May Gibbs Fellowship, at a writing studio in Adelaide, and had another trip to NI after that.  My mss then went through several editors at Harper Collins to polish it before publication and I can say they did an excellent job as Ring subsequently won the Society of Women Writers NSW biennial book competition in the Children’s/YA category. 


It’s always exciting to be able to hold your new book in your hand – it’s almost like having a baby, although the gestation of a book usually takes a whole lot longer!! An historian once asked me why I wrote a ‘fictional history’, why didn’t I just write about John Price and his family?  


Although my fictional commandant, John Bennett, is closely modelled on John Price, it was Alexander Maconochie’s daughter who embarked on an ill-judged affair with a convict musician – and with different consequences, although the outcome was also sad. Had I stuck to the facts and written non-fiction, this would have been a very different book indeed.  As it is, my intention was to show teenagers something of the (largely unknown) past of Norfolk Island and the brutality there. I wanted them to think about, to understand and compare those times with the present day.  


I also wanted to write an entertaining and accessible novel! And so I stuck to the truth where I could, but fictionalised it in a way that would make the book appealing to teenagers as well as giving them a new insight into this dark chapter of Australia’s past. I should note: while 


I’ve included some historical characters in my flashback to the past, ALL other characters are fictional!

Please 'contact us' for more information.

MYSE SIDE (MY PLACE) - MAJELLA

Friday, August 08, 2014


Gerry Hall came to live on Norfolk in November, 1999, with her children, David and Amanda.  She ran the Hospital Pharmacy before opening up her own pharmacy in the Norfolk Mall. Gerry eventually decided to settle here permanently.  Having grown up in the ‘Sunshine State’ Gerry was keen to build a house in the style of a traditional ‘Queenslander’.  After searching for ideas on the Internet Gerry worked with a local builder, Trevor Gow, who based his plans on her rough drafts, and construction began on Majella in July, 2005.


This spacious and elegant home was named after Gerry’s mother who passed away during that year.  It lies on a large block in New Cascade Road; shaded by several large Norfolk Pines.  Majella, with its wide verandahs, and wooden detailing is reminiscent of many old Island homes and, despite its modern conveniences, has a gracious, timeless feel.

 

The interior has magnificent, timber flooring with wooden fittings and furniture adding to its mellow charm.  There’s a large, airy living room; opening onto a streamlined kitchen with beautifully crafted cupboards and heritage features.  Gerry was pleased to have local tradesmen and artisans, like Daryl Buffett and Cascade Joinery, working on the house and she ‘helped out’ by belt-sanding, and priming, the external window and door trims.


Gerry found the key to building was “…measuring everything!” and being as organised as possible; especially when getting materials from overseas.  She imported doors and windows from Australia but “…freight issues were not a problem as Id ordered everything well in advance.”   Majella was built quite swiftly and, although she later added finishing touches, Gerry and Amanda were able to move in by early March, 2006, “…as the nuts and bolts of it were there.”

 

The stylish master bedroom, with en suite, is to the left of the dining/lounge space while two bedrooms, a bathroom, toilet and laundry run off the other side.  Gerry admits she’s “…a bit of a neatness freak…” but her home is inviting and tastefully decorated.  Paintings, prints and Gerry’s own needlework adorn the walls and her black cats, Footso and Madge, add character.  French doors, opening out to the front and back randas, let in sunlight and also create a relaxed atmosphere.   A generous garage/shed, with adjoining small flat, and outdoor entertainment area were completed in 2007.  Friends and visiting family can unwind around a huge, pine slab table while enjoying a barbecue. 

 

Gerry has a small cottage garden in the backyard and grows herbs, lavender, roses, daisies and agapanthus.  She finds these plants fairly hardy but Norfolk’s recent dry spell has taken its toll; although, fortunately, her tanks still have water.  The front lawn, usually bright green, has faded to yellow - but a good downpour would soon revive it.


Gerry loves the Island, and is now a resident with a Pharmacy business in the Norfolk Mall.  She is happy, overall, that Majella matches her original vision, and she’s very glad to be living in such a comfortable and pleasant home.

Please 'contact us' for more information.



Go Back

Recent Posts



Categories


Archive



    ADVERTISERS

    Next