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Balloons over Martinborough

The Wairarapa Balloon Festival is on again after a couple of years, and Martinborough played host this morning. From 7am, balloons lifted off from several locations in the town. One launch site was the Martinborough School playing grounds, just down … Continue reading

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A perfect day for it

The Wairarapa Spinners and Weavers Guild, which Liz belongs to, normally holds its Wednesday meetings in the Wool Shed museum in Masterton. However in January each year the venue switches to private homes, and individual members ply their craft at … Continue reading

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Future tipple

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Temporary sheep country

Yesterday our urban environment turned a little bit country. Much bleating, much baa-ing. Sheep – dozens of them – were parked up nearly all morning in a trailer beside the St Andrews Church next door. It was a hot day, … Continue reading

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Touring Wairarapa gardens

I’ve just had a most pleasant weekend visiting eleven of Wairarapa’s best gardens, on a self-drive tour organised as a fundraiser for the Pukaha/Mt Bruce bird sanctuary. The gardens were spectacular, so was the weather and the green late-spring Wairarapa … Continue reading

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Lion on the menu

Scotty’s butcher shop is an asset to our town. Nice people, good meat, amusing billboards. Correct spelling is not a priority. Lion roasts are a local delicacy, and we’re invited to “by one kg of mince.” “Chicken bone’s” are also … Continue reading

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Woolcrafts at The Wool Shed

A couple of years ago I offered voluntary services to the The Wool Shed museum in Masterton, to help tidy up their printed display panels and captions. Originally, when the museum was set up in 2005, I did the panels, … Continue reading

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