Tamahere Country Club residents Mike and Eileen Blake have been living in Tamahere’s newest retirement village (aka construction site) since before level 4 lockdown. Their first impressions are here. Now Mike introduces another couple who have joined the residents’ group.
Margaret and Lindsay Weir moved to the Tamahere Country Club from a bespoke home in Flagstaff, Hamilton, where they found the demographics were rapidly changing and while they were ageing (slightly) all around were getting younger.
With bodies bouncing above the fence line on their trampolines and basketballs bouncing up and down driveways then missing hoops … budda-budda-budda began to eat away at this social pair.
While they realised it was just kids having fun and naturally weren’t against that they felt a quieter lifestyle among people of a similar age group might suit them better.
So, here they are spending the first months of their life at the Tamahere Country Club in a pleasant villa while their larger Coromandel house plan on site 91 is completed.
“After living in an architecturally designed home we found the finish of the villas at the Country Club is exceptional … certainly a step up from where we were,” said Lindsay.
Lindsay is a Mainlander who began his working life with Telecom in Christchurch.
He moved on to Wellington, where he met Margaret on a blind date, and then to Auckland. The ups and downs within Telecom back then saw Lindsay join the many who were made redundant.
However, always the man for work, the last 10 years of his career was with the fertiliser company Summit Quinphos.
Margaret, in the meantime, had three or four part time jobs.
She says she became ‘home executive’ back in the day and began a family. The couple, married since 1968, have two daughters and a son.
“Daughter Andrea lives in Karaka, South Auckland, Deborah in Hamilton and (bonus boy) David in East Tamaki,” she said. “Between them they have given us four grandchildren.”
Today Margaret is happy to play golf in her spare time and knit in any time left over. Earlier in her sports years she enjoyed playing netball.
The couple love dogs and Jack is their 4th dog and the smallest- a Jack Russell / Bichon cross. He is now 11.5 years old and adapted to the village life very quickly. He was the first dog to come to the village and is now well known around the place with his friendly nature and adorable looks ( Margaret says he is so placid that he would not even hurt a mouse)
Music plays a lead role in Lindsay’s spare time. He is a band man, playing sax in the Hamilton Big Band and was earlier part of the RNZAF Central Band in Wellington. As well he is handy on clarinet and bass guitar.
He’s played in local musical productions, including Catch Me If You Can; Sister Act and Sweet Charity.
When he has a bit of spare time from playing duties, Lindsay is at home arranging music for big bands and concert bands.
In sport he loves having a roll up on the grass with his lawn bowls mates.
Having a chat with this couple on a quiet Saturday when most of the hammer gangs have called it quits for the weekend was a bonus for me.
Normally it’s busy, busy with all manner of construction action taking place.
Tamahere Country Club is moving quickly and those of us already firmly established are watching as the grand clubhouse gets ever closer to a ribbon-snipping ceremony.
- Mike Blake is a retired newspaper editor