Imagine living in isolation for about 40 years – not because of a pandemic – but for the cause of love and freedom.
When Annie and Chaffey met and fell in love in Timaru in 1908, Annie was in an abusive marriage and had two sons and Chaffey was divorced from his first wife. In 1913, they chose to hide away in Asbestos cottage, a very basic, small hut, isolated in the remote backcountry of Northwest Nelson where they would be living for about 40 years.
Being a keen tramper myself with Kahurangi National Park on my doorstep, Ray Salisbury’s book ‘Tableland’ is a real treasure for me. Ray is the great-great grandson of John Park Salisbury whose brother Thomas discovered the Tableland in 1863. I love the fact that the author is connected to the land through family and is a keen tramper himself.