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Au­thor Brid­get Fog­a­rty lives with her hus­band Ian Woodgate and their chil­dren Gus, 9, Daniel, 6 and Han­nah, who was about a month old when this photo was taken, in a town­house in Bel­mont on Auck­land’s North Shore.

BRID­GET/ My hus­band is English and I met him in London. We came back to New Zealand and were rent­ing in Arch Hill, and we were look­ing to buy a house. I wanted to stay on that side of the bridge be­cause all my friends were there and I’d never even re­ally heard about the North Shore. Ian said: “If I’m go­ing to live in New Zealand and not in Eng­land then I want to live by the sea.” We’ve been liv­ing here six years.

It’s an amaz­ing com­mu­nity. We no­ticed it re­ally when we’d just had a baby and I came home from hos­pi­tal and there was food left on our doorstep. Mums have of­fered to pick up and drop off the other kids to school – things like that.

My par­ents lost their house in the Christchurch earth­quake so a lot of our fur­ni­ture has come from that house. The book­shelf and the lit­tle desk – that was my grand­mother’s writ­ing desk. Daniel now uses it as his art desk. The ta­ble be­hind the couch is from Ian’s fam­ily in the UK.

The art­works are prints from my book Lit­tle Gems, which we had framed. The life draw­ing was done by my mum, Nan.

Lit­tle Gems: Mar­vels and Mus­ings on Mother­hood from Around the World, by Jane Lan­g­ley, Brid­get Fog­a­rty and Becky Ol­livier, The Pri­vate Three, $30, is out now.

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