Teaching at Garston School was never boring, and we’ve had a fair few “education adventures” over the years. One of the best was the wonderful week when we brought an old gold mining shanty town to life.Continue reading “Remembering Robert Town: A Garston School Adventure”
I just love watching figure skaters on TV. I can’t believe how they leap and spin across the ice on a mere five thin mm of steel.
What do you reckon — inspiring… terrifying… FUN? Yes, all that grace and beauty begins with a kid having fun.
But that kid also has to be brave enough to get up when she falls, with the grit to try again — and again!
In Athol, there’s a whole family of them — Adriana, Chonelle and Gabby Evans. Three girls who love the competition, challenges, and friendships of their hectic ice skating life.Continue reading “3 Evans Sisters: Lovin’ The Ice Skating Life”
Blue gums line the gravel road that winds past our dusty little farmhouse. Look out to the west. Once you could see for miles, but not any more. Now your gaze stops at the towering gums.
Why are they still there, blocking my view?
Eucalyptus trees, as blue gums are more properly called, are a hardy bunch with more than a few annoying features.
You couldn’t call them pretty trees. Their bark peels like last week’s sunburnt skin littering the lawn with long brown stripes. Branches sprout every which way and their dull green leaves hang limply from every twig.Continue reading “Oh! Those Gum Trees On The Farm”
Kawarau Dreams and Nightmares
If you’re a tourist, or new to Queenstown you probably sweep over the new Kawarau Falls bridge without giving it a second thought.
But I never take it for granted. In fact, I’m still pinching myself to check that it’s real.
Because trying to cross the old one-way bridge used to be a nightmare.
For years we called it a bridge, but the old girl was actually a dam. Although, she never quite managed to stop the river water flowing.
Here’s how it happened.Continue reading “Bridging The Kawarau Falls”
Kiwi Saffron’s Steve and Jo Daley are as down-to-earth as any couple you’re likely to meet. He’s originally from Te Puke – think Kiwifruit and beekeeping. She’s from pioneer Southern farming stock. With those backgrounds, as you can imagine, they’re not afraid of a bit of work.
And that’s just as well because as well as caring for cows on the farm, beekeeping and contract fencing, Steve and Jo are the hard-working duo behind this small, but increasingly successful, organic saffron company.
Take 30+ curious beer aficionados and a bumper crop of hops. Throw in a delicious barbeque and a keg of Altitude Brewing’s best thirst-quenching brew. Mix with a dollop of music and you have yourself a recipe for the Garston Hops 2019 Hop-Picking Party.
The Big Hops Harvest Problem:
200 hop vines on two farms — all of them covered in ripe, cone-shaped flowers. A tiny window of time in which to pick them — and only two busy farmers both trying to juggle multiple farm jobs. The big hop companies have this process all mechanised, but we’re a tiny outfit, just starting out.
What to do?Continue reading “Party On: Harvest Festival At The Hops”