It's’s a weekday afternoon and journalist and former politician Deborah Coddington has just come in from mowing the lawns.
From the elevated land of Beverley Forrester’s farm in North Canterbury you can see Molesworth Station stretching out to the right and the Hurunui River below, which today is shrouded in fog. On the distant hills a lone vehicle winds its way across the barren landscape to Hanmer Springs.
She speaks several languages and was an active part of San Francisco’s arts and culture scene, so when 40-year-old writer Antonia Murphy recently discovered a forgotten jar of goat faeces in her handbag it hit home how much life had changed.
Photos: Renee Lansdowne, Tessa Burrows, Nicola Edmonds