Shear con­nec­tion

NZ Life & Leisure - - Starting Over -

Florence has con­nected with New Zealand very well dur­ing her post­ing, of­ten aided by NZ Life & Leisure. One mem­o­rable oc­ca­sion came when she spent a week in In­ver­cargill last year. She was cheer­ing the French team at the World Shear­ing Cham­pi­onships, sup­port­ing its suc­cess­ful bid to host the 2019 champs in Le Do­rat, a small town in the heart of France. She had half of each day free so turned to the In­sider’s Guide which in­cluded that part of the coun­try. “I stayed in a be­dand- break­fast the is­sue rec­om­mended, and I went to Rivers­dale look­ing for the best cheese roll in the rec­om­mended cof­fee shop. “But the cof­fee shop had moved so I went along the main street, ask­ing where the café had gone. I found it, took a pic­ture and had my cheese roll. It was good but, frankly speak­ing, cheese rolls aren’t as good as a croque mon­sieur.” The fol­low­ing month, at the Golden Shears in Master­ton, Florence had the chance to jump up on the plat­form her­self, clad in of­fi­cial black pants and blue sin­glet, and take over the hand­piece. “Af­ter­wards, your hands are re­ally soft be­cause of the lano­lin. Peo­ple were sur­prised to see a woman, and an am­bas­sador, up there do­ing it. It was quite an ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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