LIVING AT HOME
Home is where the heart is for Snow and Marie Weston.
And that’s where they plan on staying.
The East Auckland couple, both 84, have lived in their home for 40 years.
The five-bedroom home was perfect for their five children, who have long since flown the coop.
But it’s still useful when they come to stay. Snow and Marie have 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
‘‘We wanted somewhere they can regard as the family home, and this is it,’’ Snow says.
‘‘We’ve got everything around us including some very nice neighbours.
‘‘We were the first in the street.’’
Originally from Christchurch, Snow and Marie have been married 60 years.
Snow worked in the automotive industry while Marie is a former shorthand secretary. Snow was about 60 when he ‘‘first retired’’.
He worked another 15 years for a retirement advisory service, giving lectures on retirement to large companies all over New Zealand.
The couple have no plans to move, unless circum- stances change drastically.
‘‘We have seen so many people do the wrong thing,’’ Snow says.
‘‘So many of our friends have been unhappy where they’ve gone. The older you are the longer it takes to settle into a new way of life.’’
Domestic bliss: Snow and Marie Weston are very happy living in their own home.