My name is Elsie Hagley.
Birthname – Olson.
Born 10 September 1940, at the Avon Maternity Hospital, Stratford, Taranaki NZ.
The doctor that delivered me was “Doctor Doris Gordon”, Author of “Back Blocks Baby Doctor”.
Have lived in Taranaki New Zealand 70 years.
I have one brother,
I had three sisters.
One of my sisters died in 2006 of Multiple Sclerosis
My Parents both past away in the 1970’s
I got engaged to my husband, after knowing him for six weeks.
I married aged 19 in 1959, at St Peters Vicarage, Palmerston North NZ.
My husband’s name is John Hagley
In eight years I gave birth to two daughters and three sons.
My youngest son Rodney was born in the same hospital as I was.
He was delivered by Doctor Ross Gordon in 1969 – One of Doctor Doris Gordon’s Sons.
All my children are still alive.
Played netball at school (but in the 1950’s it was called basketball).
Softball in school sports.
My favorite school subject was nature studies.
I never had a bike as a child, but I broke my arm falling off someone else’s bike.
I left school the day I turned 15, my parents had a wage earning job for me the day I left school.
My favorite flower is the red rose, but I love orchids.
I don’t like chocolate.
I’m addicted to cheese and banana sandwiches!
I don’t like spicy foods in my old age.
Prefer tea to coffee.
But I like a glass of water even more.
I like trying new foods.
I have a good all round weight about 50 kgs or 112 lbs, height 5ft 2 ins.
I am a happy person, most of the time.
I am not a TV addict.
I do enjoy reading a good book.
Like country-western music.
Enjoy watching sports, especially rugby and netball.
Would rather be alone with a good book than booze and party.
I enjoy a glass of red wine with my tea in the evening.
I love gardening
Was a grandmother when I was 38, a great grandmother when I was 64 years old.
I wanted to learn to play the piano but never did.
I can knit, crochet, tat and embroider.
Used to collect miniature ornaments.
I went out to work for 30 years during my marriage in the Ragtrade.
My husband and I had a dairy farm milking cows for 48 years, now we own a beef farm, fifteen years now, and still work it.
I love working with farm animals, and I am good at it.
I broke my leg nearly five years ago, now have a plate in the ankle.
Don’t like wet weather!
Love the summer free days and lot’s of laughter.
May 2015 I found out I had ACC cancer, had half my top lip removed, fingers crossed still.
I can spend hours on my computer as I love writing
I have never made much money on the internet, but I keep trying.
I am proud to be Elsie Hagley, a wife, mother, grandparent, great grandmother.
Hope you enjoyed my ramblings, and you were able to learn a little bit “About Me”, Elsie Hagley.