Evan opts for the farm life
Living out of a suitcase and being unsure what city you have just woken in each morning is not for everybody.
But then neither is waking up in a historic house in Te Aroha with Molly, a miniature horse, three chickens and Ebony the heifer who has just conceived.
With his feet firmly grounded, home these days is certainly different for Evan McLennan.
He was once a flight attendant flying domestic and international routes for Virgin Airlines out of Australia.
Like many young Kiwis, McLennan left New Zealand for the greener pastures of Australia to settle in Sydney.
He found his way into the aviation industry and became a member of a cabin crew.
‘‘It was a great job and way to see a country and in my case a bit of the world, I would recommend it to anyone,’’ said McLennan.
‘‘Some people are still flying after 20 years but the job is not really all that glamorous.’’
The idea of being here, there and everywhere is appealing but grew a bit thin for McLennan. He became tired of not having a regular routine and ‘‘being rostered for day and night flights, it became too much’’, he said.
Speaking candidly about his time, air travel in Australia is as safe as it is anywhere in the world.
He experienced only one emergency where a passenger suffered a cardiac arrest and the flight to Perth was diverted to Adelaide.
Calling it ‘‘his mid-life crises at the age of 30’’, in 2015 McLennan gave up his job as a cabin crew member to become a sef-confessed ‘‘pretend farmer’’ on his 2700m2 property in Te Aroha.
Realising the income wasn’t going to match the dream, McLennan gained his real estate sales licence and currently works in the Matamata office of Property Brokers. With a property portfolio in Australia it was natural progression to be involved in property in New Zealand.
As for his Te Aroha property: ‘‘It’s a work in progress with the renovations of his historic home’’.
He’s on a mission to explore its history and learn about the property he lives on.
Former flight attendant turned farmer Evan McLennan loving all things rural