When I moved into Anthony Wilding village in 2008 I felt like I was coming home.
Back in the 1950s with my husband Bill and our two young children, I moved from town into the country to build our family home on Halswell Junction Road. Back then, building houses out in the “wop wops” of Halswell was considered to be “quite mad” by a lot of people.
While Bill ran a butchery in Halswell, I worked as a tailoress for Ray Noonan and Lane Walker Rudkin, and I still love to keep my hands busy knitting scarves and sewing. In my younger days I was a keen member of the Halswell garden club and since coming to Anthony Wilding I have enjoyed meeting up with former garden club members and chatting with the wonderful gardeners here. I also like to get out and about on a daily basis visiting other residents in my wheelchair.
I am looking forward to my 89th birthday this year and I am so blessed to have such an incredibly supportive and loving family. I also have so much praise and gratitude for the wonderful caring staff of Anthony Wilding.
What I love about being here is meeting and making new friends and meeting up with old Halswell residents and sharing memories with former customers of Golding’s Butchery. I love reminiscing with them about the good old days of Halswell when we gave a cup of tea and pikelets to the council workers at the gate.