The latest news from Ridgeland... Orphaned lambs to feed - this one takes a snooze in a corner of the farmhouse - could be captioned "where's MY BOTTLE..." he really is dead to the world - naughty Mummy couldn't resist!
So...Who are we really? Read below...
Where do they come from?
Evan is the Great, great, great, grandson of John Hobbs - Wesleyian missionary to the Hokianga and instrumental in the largest number of signatures on the Treaty of Waitangi at Mangunu. What was to follow that momentous day would break the hearts of flock and shepherd alike.
Ada grew up in Brighton Dunedin, enjoying the wolderful beachside country life. Her 'special home' is in its self an historic entity. Once claiming a flying glimpse in the NZ movie 'Goodbey Pork Pie' it stands today as an art gallery.
Evan and Adaknow a thing or two about challenges! Having both been widowed in the 1990’s, they married at the start of the new Millennium, ran away together from city life in Aucklandand moved to Whangarei. They settled on a lifestyle property in ParuaBay, continuing to build the existing South Suffolk Sheep Stud, Ridgeland Farm, while Evan maintained his manufacturing engineering business from a leaky shed.
For decades Evan had desired to establish a resting place for the weary and Adahad an impulse to store up woolen blankets and food! “Together we worked amongst our little flock, gradually discovering the true relationship between sheep and Shepherd,” remembers Ada.