46 STITCHES:  Sam Barnard, 100, with his wife Joyce Barnard at home in Geneva, in front is one of his creations, a wooden fence and farm for children.
46 STITCHES: Sam Barnard, 100, with his wife Joyce Barnard at home in Geneva, in front is one of his creations, a wooden fence and farm for children. Susanna Freymark

Sam waiting for 100-year party

TURNING 100 has not been so lucky for Sam Barnard.

The Geneva man had to cancel his 100th birthday party at Kyogle Bowling Club due to heavy flooding resulting in many of the 160 invited guests being unable to make it.

The New Zealand contingent of the family visited but cannot stay for the rescheduled party on April 29.

A week before his planned party, Mr Barnard was making a wooden rocking horse in his shed.

"The saw jammed and caught the back of the wood," he said.

The saw sliced into his finger.

His wife Joyce phoned the ambulance and they took Mr Barnard straight to Lismore Base Hospital.

"Forty-six stitches," he said and held up his bandaged finger.

His son has taken the saw away and while Mr Barnard is not too happy about it, his wife of 72 years is.

They met when a young Mr Barnard was doing the mail run between Limpin- wood and Chillingham.

"In those days we rode a horse not a motorbike, like today," Mr Barnard said.

Joyce and Sam went to the same youth club.

"He was going home from the mail run and we rode our horses together," Ms Barnard said.

The Barnards ran a dairy farm at Collins Creek but the milk had a strange effect on Ms Barnard's skin.

The need for them to be wet all the time when milking caused aggravation to her hands, she said

Mr Barnard has worked in the mill, in a horse shed, in Dunoon and all "around town", he said.

These days he likes to spend his time in a small shed in the front yard, making wooden toys. He may have to wait a while before he can use a saw again.

His finger "feels okay now", Mr Barnard said.

The hardest thing about being 100 was that he felt the cold more, he said.

"I just can't get warm," he said.

The pair have five grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.



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