New Zealand Life & Leisure

A place in the Country

ONCE UPON A TIME – not so very long ago, or so far away – Janice and Julian Ward would begin their lazy Sundays with a trip to the French market in Auckland’s Parnell where they would buy rich and delicious French pate. They would snag a bottle of French Champagne on the way home and once there would chill out on the veranda of Jules’ father’s Herne Bay house overlooking the harbour and think, “… this is the life”. “Oh, how we thought we were living the dream,” laughs Janice now. “We were so not!”