Q&A

NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

My dec­o­rat­ing style: Def­i­nitely eclec­tic, which is a po­lite way of say­ing I’m all over the place. A lot of the time I know what I don’t like bet­ter then I know what I like. (Kiri) I don’t re­ally have a dec­o­rat­ing style. I’m the lo­gis­tics man – de­mo­li­tion is my spe­cial­ity. (James)

This time of year is spe­cial: We close our tourism busi­ness for three weeks over Christ­mas, which means I get to put my fam­ily first in­stead of be­ing pre­oc­cu­pied with walk­ers’ needs. (Kiri)

The kids come home and we’re all to­gether, which is rare now they’ve all spread their wings. (James)

My favourite Christ­mas rit­ual: I make a Christ­mas cake us­ing a fam­ily recipe. My grand­mother al­ways said every­one has to stir the mix­ture for luck so ev­ery cou­ple of days we have turns drench­ing it with brandy and by the time Christ­mas ar­rives it has quite a kick. (Kiri) Putting cake and beer out for Santa and a car­rot for the rein­deer. Some­thing we still do even though the kids are all grown up. (James)

Kiri and James El­wor­thy

THIS PAGE (from top) Kiri says the front ve­ran­dah al­most took flight dur­ing the first big wind af­ter the house was shifted. James and son Guy check­ing out the growth in the trees. OP­PO­SITE (from top) The old black lab is called Waaka and he’s been part of the fam­ily for 10 years. The 250sqm house was moved to this flat sec­tion to es­cape a more flood-prone area.

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