Hi I am a 45 year old woman who is a teacher and an artist. I returned to live permanently in NZ 3 years ago having lived the last 17 years in Europe and Australia. I am a practising artist and I am also involved in runnning a community based art programme for children in the area where I live. I enjoy walking and cycling. I am a keen meditator and try to meditate daily. My environment is creative and peaceful. I enjoy gardening and have established an orchard in recent months. I am in the process of making a large, organic vegetable garden. I like reading and listening to the radio. I love keeping up with the news on BBC World Service. I live in a small country town which has its own charm. It is 45 minutes from Auckland Central and 30 minutes from the wild, west coast beach of Port Waikato. I live across from the cattle saleyards.