Manukau Courier : March 15th 2011
7 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 15, 2011 NEWS Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971 www.madbutcher.co.nz You Won't Know How Good We Are Until You've Tried Us! Mad Butcher Country Pork Sausages Offers valid from Mon 14th Mar - Sun 20th Mar. All Stores Open 7 Days only5 $ .99 kilo Tray 30 Country Life Size 7 Eggs Fresh Lamb Shoulder Chops only10 $ .99 kilo ( plain , crumbed or marinated ) Fresh Tegel Size 18 Chickens only8 $ .95 each ( plain or seasoned ) Fresh Crumbed Chicken Schnitzel Only $13.99 kilo Breakfast & Brunch Super Savers! for only8 $ .95 pack Rindless Middle Bacon 700 gram pack for only5 $ .95 tray McCains Large Hash Browns 2 kilo Bag ( approximately 26 per bag ) for only8 $ .95 bag Reflecting on 100 years of change Time traveller: Centenarian Rena Thomson takes time out after celebrating her 100th birthday. Photo: TROELS SOMMERVILLE Rena Thomson laughs when she's asked what her first memory is -- she's had a cen- tury of them after all. I lived on a farm and loved to be with the animals,'' she says. The farm she speaks of was down in Pahiatua where she was born on March 1, 1911. She was born into a world where the number of horse- drawn carriages on the road outnumbered the cars, King George V was the head of state and the Titanic was still being built. Now 100 years on the Manurewa resident has seen and done a lot in her life but nothing as important as marrying her husband Ian Thomson. She describes her spouse, who died in 1987, as a very fine man''. He was very active in helping the church and what he could do for the com- munity.'' The couple married in 1951 and both were active in the Presbyterian church, part of her secret to a long life. Just be quiet and use nothing much. No excesses and asking the Lord to look after me wherever I was going.'' But it's no coincidence that she has lived a long life. Her father Alexander Watson lived to 98 and her mother Elizabeth to 96. Until her marriage Mrs Thomson was a full-time teacher and taught all over the place''. I liked to help the little ones to read. It was exciting to get them to understand what they were reading about.'' After completing her teacher training in 1931 she taught in schools from Reporoa to Te Awamutu, Ohope and Clevedon. These days she spends most of her time listening to talking books at Elmwood Village. They send me CDs that I listen to and if I don't like them I send them back.'' But the church still plays a big part in her life -- she listens to hymns and tries to go to church whenever she can. Family and friends gath- ered at her retirement village on her birthday to throw Mrs Thomson a party.
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