My name, rather obviously, is Judy. My husband (second one) is Jim. I have two adult children and eight grandchildren whose ages at time of writing range from 17 years down to 2 years. Jim & I live in Christchurch, New Zealand. As you will read in my “Restoration 101” pages, we moved from New Plymouth to Christchurch to help with the rebuild after the massive September 2010 earthquake. “Restoration 101” is my diary of how we bought an “as-is-where-is” house that was to be demolished and are currently restoring it way beyond where it was pre-earthquake.
I have a teaching background and taught, over 30 years, children from 5 – 13 years both within classrooms and individually. I may re-visit the individual tuition at some time if time allows!
My interests vary from travel (mainly in NZ up to this point in time) and exploring the great outdoors, to tennis, walking and photography. I have kept a diary (spasmodically) since I was a child and have several partially-written books which I will complete one day (I say so hopefully!!). I am a firm believer in God as the creator of this world and director of my life and will include pages with various meditations and considerations. I have recently resurrected my books and notes on Family Heritage and am exploring avenues within all the knowledge that has been gleaned by others (see Family History pages to follow my endeavours). As you will also see from my “Food” pages, I enjoy cooking (and eating) wholesome food, so as I come across a recipe that is a little different, I will share that with you also. When my children were small I spent much time working with various media and creating “things”. I hope to find time to allow me to rediscover this skill also.
As I know I have less years left in front of me than are behind me I do have a “bucket list”. On this I would so like to travel to the countries, towns & cities of my forebears – specifically England, Scotland, north-eastern USA and Nova Scotia. Closer to home, I would love to learn to surf (on a board) and complete writing & publish my books.
I can’t specify just one attitude I have to life – so many people have said so many profound things – but I do hope I portray a positive, uplifting attitude where the lives I touch in one way or another are in some way blessed and encouraged though meeting and knowing me.