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In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret Atwood

Well, we certainly know that it’s spring…warm days, chilling frosts, gentle breezes and destructive winds: hungry birds; wind machines and helicopters, and the sudden death of wee plants that have been the folly of enthusiasm to get things going for summer harvest!

Our enthusiasm to populate our cunningly crafted bean support, with borlotti and runner beans has been a wee bit of a disaster and unfortunately fallen victim to the recent frosts. However, fortunately we have a substantial reserve of well cultivated seedlings to replace the early disaster.

This leads nicely to few tips for raising seeds; much cheaper way to fill the garden, and very satisfying!

  • Sow seeds in a good quality seed raising mix in either pots or trays
  • Fill the container to within 2 cms of the rim of the container; moisten the soul, and when it is entirely damp, sow the seeds
  • Cover the seeds to a depth of no more than twice their diameter. Very fine seeds need no cover, but just to be pressed firmly into the mixture.
  • Ensure that they are kept damp…not flooded. Covering them with newspaper or a piece of glass works well.
  • Keep seed moist at all times…if they dry out, give them a good watering, but not a drowning!
  • Once seed germinate, remove covering and expose them gradually to sunlight. Keep them warm at night when it cools.( Bring them indoors or cover with glass or plastic.)
  • Delicate  plants may need to be planted on into a larger pot before planting into the garden : more robust plants ( most veges) can be planted straight into the garden.

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News from Wharekaka

Thelma, celebrating her recent birthday.

The AGM was held on 19 September.  Attendees heard that Wharekaka is in good heart and operating at full capacity with waiting lists for rooms, but that fees for services (set nationally) are falling further and further behind costs.   This resulted in an operating loss of $134,000 in the last financial year, with the position unlikely to improve in 2019/20. The Board is looking to manage this shortfall by:

  • Building 2 new villas – one of which is still available
  • Setting up an Endowment Fund to enable Wharekaka to continue in perpetuity
  • Applying for funding from charitable trusts
  • Developing a bequests programme

If anyone would like further information on any of the above initiatives, please contact Joy Cooper joycooper1948@gmail.com or Helen Meehan helen.meehan@xtra.co.nz.

All the staff were thanked for their love and care for residents and the many occasions on which they cheerfully ‘go the extra mile’ to ensure the residents’ well-being, including their willingness to work extra duties when full staff cover cannot be found, due to illness, accidents, or other issues.  … Continue Reading

Under The Martinborough Stars

The Milky Way (Photo: Lee Mauger)

Take a look up tonight and you’ll see a sparkling silver band of stars dominating the night sky. Our home, the Milky Way Galaxy is always worth looking at.

The Milky Way has always fascinated throughout time and amongst all cultures. The term Milky Way relates to a story from the Ancient Greeks where milk was spilt across the sky. 

Here in Aotearoa, it is known as the Great Waka with Tautoru/Orion’s Belt and Te Matau a Maui/ Scorpius at either end. The Southern Cross is the anchor known as Te Punga and the pointer stars are the ropes. By the start of Summer, the Waka lies parallel to the horizon. It shows Māori voyagers that it is a good time to start a journey across the seas as the weather is calm.

In other cultures, the Milky Way is seen as a Silver River, a road of straw, a path of birds and our Australian neighbours see it as a path to the skyworld. No matter what we call it, we are all looking at the same Galaxy; our home.  … Continue Reading

News from First Church

It’s spring and Kirk Fair time again!

Thank God for bursting life, for greening leaf, for sign of spring’s sowing!

The traditional Kirk fair is being held on Saturday 12th October from 10am at the Church hall and grounds on Weld Street. 

Stalls will include the ever popular Baking, Produce, Plants, Collectables, Boutique and Fashion Accessories and Treasure Trove. Fresh scones and a cuppa will be available, and many fine prizes can be won with the raffle. 

We are looking forward as always to seeing lots of local friends and visitors at the Fair.   Come and have a break from rugby and Local Goverment politics!

Later this month we will be holding the AGM – reviewing the activities and achievements of the last year, and thinking about the year ahead. This is an opportunity to celebrate and thank everyone who has contributed to the life of our church – from our faithful minister the Rev. Dr Jim Veitch and office bearers, to everyone who plays their part in worship and pastoral care, and the work of looking after our buildings. We are a friendly and welcoming bunch. We meet in a spirit of openess and always leave having been challenged and uplifted.

A reminder about our special appeal just launched for financial support from the wider church family and community who value the presence of First Church and  the part it plays in this district.  A one-off donation or a regular monthly payment will be gatefully received. For further information please contact Pam Colenso 06 306 9503, email pmcolenso@xtra.co.nz     We really would like our buildings to be

“looking good”, smart and in good repair for our 150 years celebration in 2021 and we are still looking for reminiscences and any old photos of early days.

Sports

Martinborough Junior Hockey – 2019 Results and Prizegiving

Our 1st XI team came so close to victory in their final of the A-grade competition against rivals, MIS Falcons.  Martinborough scored an early goal in the first half of the game and held their defence until MIS scored a late goal in the final 3 minutes to draw 1-1 …

Kahutara School Hockey Wrap-up

Kahutara School managed to enter a total of three teams in various Wairarapa Hockey Association junior grades played at Clareville Hockey Stadium this season, a mean feat for a school of our size.  The Kahutara Blue team played Tuesday nights in the 6 Aside quarter field grade. The team did …

Junior Rugby

Our 2019 JAB season has come to an end, we have had an another amazing season with some awesome results. 2019 saw MRFC have around 75 registered players each year our numbers continue to grow and we have some huge things in the pipeline for 2020. Congratulations to all players …

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 Community Garden News

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret …

News from Wharekaka

The AGM was held on 19 September.  Attendees heard that Wharekaka is in good heart …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Take a look up tonight and you’ll see a sparkling silver band of stars dominating …

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