Long road to retirement for couple
Retiring farming identities Colin and Joan Thornthwaite married in 1955 and had four daughters.
In 1972, they bought the 55 acres they recently leased.
It’s the best spot in the district, they reckon.
Being retired means they’ve got more time to just potter.
‘‘There’s not much that we’re doing any differently,’’ Joan said.
‘‘It just takes longer to do things.’’
She thinks getting a telephone was one of the most significant changes to rural life. Older people will remember those old phones.
‘‘With me being so short, I had to stand on a block to talk.’’
The way farmers plough is one of the biggest changes Colin’s seen in his lifetime. He started with horses and single ploughs.
While no longer competing in ploughing competitions (he’s won and placed in various major vintage ploughing championships and, until recently, was a judge), he still loves going to events.
Playing cards at the Milton RSA every week keeps their minds sharp, and Joan’s cooking keeps them healthy.
She’s a legendary baker in the district. ’’We eat good plain food every day,’’ she said.
Project Clutha’s Layla McNutt, Matt Morahan and Laura Moore present Catlins LandSAR’s Lianne Latta with a donation.