McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 23 Photo Credit


McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 23

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Back Where I Come From

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”, Here is the link. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 23

Are you ever homesick for your hometown?

No, as I only lived in Palmerston North for one year.

Photo Credit – Bridge across the Waikato River at Huntly – Taupiri, in the three years living in Taupiri just south of Huntly we drive over this bridge many times, two of my children were born in Huntly

We lived six years in the Waikato, where we farmed starting on wages, then share milking, leasing dairy land, then returned back to Taranaki where we brought our farm at Midhirst in 1968 for Thirty-five Thousand Dollars.

I have lived in Taranaki NZ for seventy years, so I never had time to ever get homesick, as there were only seven busy years away from my hometown.




  1. I think it is amazing that you’ve lived in the same place for so long. My childhood family lived several places, renting, before my daddy was able to buy property of his own for our family. That was in 1978 and they lived there until he died in December 2012. Mama still lives there. My mama’s oldest sister and her husband bought a house in the 1970s and my grandparents lived in it until my uncle came back stateside (he was in the Navy). By 1977, my aunt and uncle and their kids were living there. He died just after my daddy did, but my aunt still lives in that house. So, it has been about 40 years now for both of them. David and I have lived in this Texas house for 13 years now and it is the only place we’ve lived here in Texas. At this rate, it is where we’ll live out our days. It is the longest we have lived in any one place, either as a married couple OR individually with our birth families.

    What is your favorite part of living in Taranaki?

    Thanks for participating in the challenge. Have a blessed day. 🙂


    • You have adjusted well to all your changes, I just check out your links and Anderson looks like a very nice place to be living. As long as it’s with your husband live is good. Enjoy.
      The question you asked me about my favorite part of Taranaki, I would say Waitara where we had retired too, it is only 10 mins drive to New Plymouth, we are right beside the beach, 10 min walk, also I river which has a good walkway, nice walking along a river viewing the going on’s, yachting, canoeing, kids fishing, etc.
      Yes, I like Waitara. Here is a post I wrote about Waitara –

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      • Thank you, Elsie. I agree. As long as David and I are together, any place is good. 🙂

        Thank you for sharing the link about Waitara. I look forward to reading it shortly. I agree that walking by rivers is fun. There is one here in our town proper, about a quarter of a mile from where we live. It isn’t safe to walk along the riverwalk right now, though. Floods over recent years have eroded the walkway and its supports. We used to enjoy going down there to watch the water rush by.
        Have a blessed day. 🙂


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