01.12.2019 - 31.10.2020
Hi! I’m Bill. I am a youthful 57 (until about 9pm, then not so youthful) who lived the first 27 years of my life in England, and the last 30 years in Australia. Dual citizen. I am retired from careers as a Mechanical Engineer and then a Software Developer. I probably do match the stereotype for these professions ….. so, I am thoughtful, considerate, caring, intelligent, humourous, tidy, respectful, honest, calm, gentle, quiet, not very social, not the life-and-soul, a good listener not a big talker. I plan, make lists, like to get things done. Quite comfortable in my own company. I’m up for a planned adventure, but I’m not a thrill-seeker. I enjoy being physically active (even in my office days I always commuted by bike) and try to do 2 hours exercise a day (usually cycling or walking) when not working in the outdoors. I eat lots, could be a vegetarian but I’m not – just don’t eat much meat. I don't smoke, drink or do drugs. I follow many sports and am fully on the NZ bandwagon with the All Blacks, Black Caps, Silver Ferns etc.
The last 8 years I have been a nomad in Australia, living in my self-built campervan, staying and helping on friends properties/ sheep farms. And doing a lot of volunteer work, mostly with BlazeAid (helping farmers after bushfires), mostly doing fencing. I do like fencing, and am experienced enough to take on most things now. I am also very much a handyman, self taught (with some grandfather influence) but pretty capable. I like fixing things, being resourceful. Note: I’m not a keen gardener!
I am in New Zealand to experience the culture, climate, physical geography, different lifestyles. Australians (using a very broad brush) love themselves and money. I think the planet we live on is more important. I’m hoping New Zealanders feel the same as me.
I don’t consider myself a traveller, but have been to France several times for holidays, had 2 work trips to Japan, holidays in Fiji, Malaysia, Germany, Florida, recently 10 weeks in the Netherlands helping on a friends property; I have seen much of Australia and think Tasmania is the best bit. I really only speak english (that’s hard enough), but can do maths in most languages! (Nerd joke)
I am not immersed in social media; don’t do facebook. Surprisingly I am on What’sApp (not sure how I got talked in to that!)
I have bought a small car for transport around NZ.
Entretien / Bricolage
Aide à la ferme
Aide à la maison
Aide avec les animaux
Aide informatique / Internet
I am very practical and enjoy making or fixing things. I have no trade qualifications, but i can do woodwork, metalwork, painting, decorating, electrical, plumbing. I have built cars, steel sheds, wooden sheds, put up shelves, saved an old wooden barn, painted and decorated, installed small solar systems. Haven't built a house yet but would like to. But I'm most practised at farm fencing.
I do the occasional crossword and more frequently sudoku. Enjoy doing jigsaws.
Permis de conduire
Régime alimentaire spécial
No, but I do eat lots when working hard! Wholegrain bread, fruit and cereal are great fillers for me.