Now that I have retired as an English language teacher I have more time for some of the interests I have enjoyed all my life. Needlecrafts of all kinds, gardening, singing, plus family history and church involvement are all important to me.
I also mange the bookings for Cliffs Edge, our holiday cottage (“crib” in this part of NZ) at Otakau on the Otago Peninsula which is available when we are not using it ourselves.
I am a member of City Choir Dunedin which in 2013 celebrated its 150th anniversary. I'm not the first of our family. I've recently discovered that a distant relative of mine, Colin Dale Arlidge, was treasurer of its predecessor, the Dunedin Choral Society, in 1908.
forebears include Brett
and from Northern Ireland, from north of Oxford, but was born near Roxburgh on the
Scottish Borders) and
from Northern Ireland,Arlidge
from north of Oxford,Swanston (John Swanston of Inglewood in Taranaki was a tailor from Bury St Edmonds
but was born near Roxburgh on the Scottish Borders) andJones (Raymond Jones of Taranaki came from Hornchurch Essex and his grandfather John Jones from Presteigne on the Welsh Border). If you are a Jones we are not so likely to be related, but Arlidges are a possibility!
It has been so
satisfying living in Dunedin since 2000 to be really able to develop
a garden for the first time.
A lot has happened between 2002 and 2014 See pictures in the
I am the Communications Coordinator for the North East Valley Community Garden.