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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.