Margie and Allan moved to Coalgate in 2013 after being displaced by the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. After not wanting to leave their home by the river they found this lovely spot also next to the Selwyn river and have built their dream home. Allan is a freelance Photographer as well as a management consultant and Margie works part time at Terrace Downs and runs River Retreat Accommodation. Aside from normal work Margie volunteers for Darfield ambulance and Allan is a volunteer with Coalgate Fire Brigade. They have 2 cats (Sammy & Freddie), two German Shepherds (Quas & Essie) and a pet horse (Ben).