I'm a 74 years young. I was born in Chelmsford Essex where my mother was evacuated to during the war. But I grew up in West Ham London so its fair to say I'm a Cockney and proud of it. My husband suggested that we should relocate to New Zealand which I was very reluctant to do but I'm now so pleased we did in 1973, I just love this country. I live in Auckland city which is surrounded by beautiful beaches. I have a daughter Beverley and two sons Paul & Robert.. Between them they have given me eight grandchildren between 6 years to 28 years old. I also have a great granddaughter whom I adore. I lost my husband and best friend Peter in 2010 so now live alone. I have always enjoyed hand crafts and recently with a friend started a group called Knocker Knitter NZ. We knit them for women who unfortunately have had to have a mastectomy. These are an alternative to the prosthetic ones. We have been in the news paper and from that now have a large group of ladies knitting them for us to supply to the breast clinics around the country We have also encouraged people in other parts of NZ to start their own group. Its overwhelming that since we started in February the response has been fantastic. I wrote my first poem 20 years ago then didn't write any others till I started again about 3 years ago. I really enjoy writing poems about my life over the years which I'm pleased to say many people enjoy As long as they do I will carry on writing them when I'm not knitting?
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