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Len Nock

LEN grew up in Biggen­den and in his younger days helped in his fa­ther Ken’s gro­cery shop (now Biggen­den Hard­ware & Ru­ral) for al­most 12 years. Af­ter 36 years in Mary­bor­ough, he has come home to Biggen­den to re­tire. “I love grow­ing roses but only have around 50 va­ri­eties in my gar­den com­pared to 200 in Mary­bor­ough,” he said.

Thelma Barkle

THELMA of­ten burns the mid­night oil if she has a craft project to com­plete. She is a bit re­stricted right now, af­ter fall­ing down the back steps on March 1 and break­ing her an­kle. But that hasn’t stopped her en­joy­ing morn­ing tea with the Man­sons. “Val comes over on the go­pher and takes me and my dogs across the street,” she said.

Gail Alstrom

GAIL is about to en­ter the next phase of her life, work­ing be­side her hus­band Peter as a Tel­stra con­trac­tor cov­er­ing the Biggen­den and Bund­aberg ar­eas. “I got 96% for my exam. The only one I got wrong was the one Peter helped me with,” she said. Gail is also into breed­ing birds. “It’s all Danny’s (Man­son) fault. I took four birds home and now the cage is over­flow­ing and in­cludes more than 100 ze­bra finches,” she said.

Danny Man­son

KNOWN as the “bird­man”, Danny is mar­ried to the “ca­nary lady” other­wise known as Val. The duo has his and hers aviaries, mostly to house their var­i­ous breeds of birds in­clud­ing quails. The cou­ple started the morn­ing teas as a thank you to the neigh­bours who looked af­ter their place be­fore they fi­nally set­tled in the town some four-and-a-half years ago. Danny had un­der­gone a spinal oper­a­tion from which he is still re­cu­per­at­ing. But it hasn’t stopped the re­tired builder from pot­ter­ing about in his shed mak­ing bits and pieces with tim­ber.

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