Monthly Archives: April 2009

Tomatillo time

We’ve had fun in the first year of our little greenhouse in Martinborough. Perhaps the most fascinating thing we did was raise tomatillo seedlings, which were then planted in the garden. The seeds came from a packet of Niche brand … Continue reading

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After the grape harvest

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First of this year’s Greytown Music Group concerts

Winter is coming: the Greytown Music Group concerts have started again, with an afternoon of not greatly challenging (for listeners anyway!) but beautifully played music by the Amici Ensemble – a group of Wellington professional musicians. Music played included Prokofiev’s … Continue reading

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National Library redevelopment has much to recommend it

(Published in the Dominion-Post, 20/4/09) As a long-time user of the National and Alexander Turnbull libraries with an affection for the place, I share some of former Turnbull chief librarian Jim Traue’s misgivings about the redevelopment. But not many. In … Continue reading

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Trans-Tasman Horns hit town

We’ve enjoyed a musical treat over Easter, living beside the St Andrews church hall where some of the best Australasian horn players have been rehearsing for concerts at the Martinborough Wine Centre and Ata Rangi vineyard. The church hall is … Continue reading

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Crabapple jelly to look forward to

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Mt Bruce: wildlife centre disappoints; pioneer museum enthrals

Easter Saturday today and a lovely morning after a light frost. A good day to check out the Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre about 75 km north of Martinborough. We hadn’t been for eight or ten years and as it … Continue reading

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