Gloria was the first friend I made in Governors Bay. A woman dragging a large tree branch up the road, past my place, to dump in the neighbouring gully (illegal!). And she called out in such an open, friendly manner, the first person to make me feel really welcome. We connected over art, my chooks, a love of the harbour, swims at Sandy Bay and, later, over Rosie Goat whose care I inherited.
Gloria was caring, witty, creative and a great neighbour. I have a special painting of hers - a view from her house towards Lyttelton and the heads, at night - which I treasure.
I live in Governors Bay in Lyttelton Harbour, over the hill from the city of Christchurch. The harbour is my turangawaewae. I have a large garden planted in natives, vegetables and fruit trees, with (currently) 15 hens. My career background is in secondary and tertiary teacher education. Now I research and write from home in a magical environment and travel as often as I can.