Go to: Dino and Pam: family backgrounds | The original farm | From dairying to mixed farming | Weeds to lifestyle blocks | Beans, cucumbers and a lot of bananas | Cyclones and the Tornado | Resumed land, sales and policy changes | Peas, lychees and pumpkins | Bananas in the 1930s | Neighbours | The Future? | Working the farm today | The changing community | Italians and Australians | The growing family | A partnership
The growing family
Pam: But I suppose it’s – well neither of us really want to live in town. We have got a little – a house at Brooms Head which I could live in, I love it in my little house down there. But I don’t go down often because he won’t come. He’s a real stay at home grub. He just … yeah but you do – I know that I know that but with the kids, our kids are back in Lismore and Modanville and Rodney lives down here, so you know, we’re not isolated at all.
Dino: No with our kids, oh god. We had three kids, now we’re looking after thirteen. (laughing)
Is that grandchildren?
Dino: No there’s only six grandkids. There’s others, they come up – they just drop in. Fonzie, that’s Warren, the oldest son I call him Fonzie, turns up with a kilo of macas, no hurry. Gotta make him bickies. They just …
Pam: But if we weren’t as tight-knit family as we are who knows, you know, who knows? But we’ve never felt isolated. Even when they went to Sydney I’m sure Lisa almost bought a Kirklands bus she’d come home so often. And Warren’s kind of been up and down the east coast with his work, he manages Hayman’s now. He started work with GEC in Lismore then they sold to Rexell and Warren, they weren’t treating their customers right so he left there and he’s managing Hayman’s now. But yeah, the kids are here but you know, if they weren’t, who knows?
Dino: They all came back so we could look after their bloody kids.
Pam: Oh as if Nonno doesn’t love it. But it’s good, it is good you know. We don’t feel isolated. Even though we’re not mixing in the community like it was years ago and that’s really sad, but that’s life. Yeah that’s life.