I have very fond memories of long, hot summers spent with them, and my family, in Gisborne.
Cush, or Cushla Mary, shared my love of pretty things and floral fabrics - I'll always remember her beautiful floral lounge suite. She introduced me to nail polish and charm bracelets, and was a wonderful mother and grandmother.
My grandfather's name was Daniel, but everyone knew him as Nookie, or Nux (Nooks). Nookie was a keen, and very talented, photographer, who rolled his own films and then developed them in his own dark room. He would spend hours photographing all his grandchildren - I would spend hours reading all his Norman Rockwell books.