Life on land pays off for Elsie
ELSIE Flor spent 96 of her 100 years living off the land before moving into Colthup Home.
Ipswich's latest centenarian celebrated her birthday on Tuesday with family and friends.
Mrs Flor reminisced about her childhood spent on the family farm in Prenzlau, growing up with eight siblings.
Mrs Flor's mother died when she was 14, and she took on the role of caring and cooking for her father and younger siblings.
After marrying her late husband Amri, Mrs Flor moved to Brightview, where she helped Amri farm crops.
Mrs Flor raised one son, Reginald, who died after marrying and having four daughters.
She moved to a Brassall house after Amri retired, where she continued to maintain a vegetable garden and keep chooks until she moved to Colthup Home, aged 96.
She said her secret to longevity was gardening, self-sufficiency and her Christian faith.