WHERE: 34 TARDENT ST, BIGGENDEN
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 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 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.
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.