About Me

 

A photo of me taken 22 years ago. An updated photo will be added as soon as I get the courage to stand in front of a camera.

A photo of me taken 22 years ago. An updated photo will be added as soon as I get the courage to stand in front of a camera.

 Me in June 2013 - I had the courage to go in front of the camera! Refuelling at Cameron Flat before I tackled the Haast!

Me in June 2013 – I had the courage to go in front of the camera!
Refuelling at Cameron Flat before I tackled the Haast!

My name is Sandra Hobbs and I am a self-employed Orchardist and have been for 23 years.

On Xmas Eve 2011, my life changed forever when I was widowed  after Alex, my super fit beloved husband of 20 years, died a few days after a fall on the Orchard.

I now own and run the Orchard in Partnership with my 22 year old son, Sam and my 19 year old daughter Ruby.
Sam manages the Orchard and Ruby and I run the Fruit Stall as well as the herb and vegetable side of the business.
We also assist Sam on the Orchard when required.
We work well together as mutual respect is what it’s all about.

Sam is also a Web Designer and Ruby is having a gap year away from her extramural studies this year.
They lead such busy lives and are truly amazing young people.

We also care for my darling special elder daughter  who is Sam and Ruby’s beloved sister.  She is our little sweetie and only answers to the self-appointed name of “Aunty Belle”.

Eleven weeks after Alex died, my mother who  lived with us for over four years died suddenly at home.

As she was in the latter stage of Alzheimer’s, she just couldn’t comprehend the fact that Alex wasn’t going to walk through the door again. Soon after his death she started singing and talking  to him, in other words, hallucinating.   She would cry  out to him.  “Come home, where are you?”  “I miss you”.
It was absolutely heartbreaking to hear her anguish.
In the end she died of a broken heart.

The ability to work through the stages of grief (and trust me, there’s a few of them) is one of the keys to surviving such a difficult journey.

I feel that it is now time for me to share “my take on life” with others.
So feel free to frolic through my blog and read whatever takes your fancy.

5 Responses to About Me

  • Katrina:

    Hi Hun this is very good!
    Love u!
    Katrina

  • Sally and Pete:

    Love the blog Sandra!!
    Great to see you’re back into writing.

  • Dave and Pam:

    Hi Sandra

    We are pleased that you, Sam and Ruby are carrying on with the business that both you and Alex built up and I love the new name
    Hobbs Family Partnership Orchard and Fruitstall.
    Will catch up when we are down your way next.
    All the best.

  • Sue:

    Hello Sandra. I’m a widow myself and I admire your strength and courage. Will keep reading.

    Sue

  • Sarah:

    Hi Sandra
    I found your blog by sheer chance and am now a follower.
    I was widowed four years ago and my family is sick of me talking about my late husband. They accuse me of being depressed and that I should go see a Doctor.
    I am not depressed and I am fascinated with how their judgment is that I must be only because I talk about the wonderful memories I have of their father. Apparently I should ignore those forty years. I raised two very selfish kids.
    You bring up Alex randomly in your writings, which is so comforting for me.

    Blessings
    Sarah

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