Behind the Scenes at the Martinborough Music Festival

Until he took on the role of Chair of the Martinborough Music Festival Ed Allen thought he had a good sense of what was involved in putting on such an event.  After all he’d performed professionally as a French Horn player all over the world.  “Not so”, he says now.  …

A lively, healthy community 

The Rapaki Walk summit is a beautiful place to celebrate achievement.  In late October, 11 walkers looked down over the village and Te Muna Road as they marked the first birthday of their Walking Group, part of the Martinborough Healthy Community Project. Every Friday morning for a year the group …

Christmas Parade continues with Christmas Magic in Martinborough

There is nothing quite so magical as Christmas, so two years ago Fiona Couchman launched the Christmas Magic in Martinborough Show to create awareness and gifts for children in need in our local community. While she took a break last year to do some gifting of her own donating her …

Community Garden News 

 Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ —Robin Williams Spring is indeed a wonderful time in the garden, and the Community Garden is no exception. Summer hours: Wednesday and Sunday 10am-12noon Our spring planting is well underway, and we seem to have chased away the winter blights and vermin. …

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LOCAL ROSE & FLOWER SHOW DEFINITELY ON TRACK FOR 2019 

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Martinborough’s famous Rose & Flower Show – now late into its eighth decade – will have to wait yet another year.

I was pleased to have the opportunity for a small tour around the Town Hall and Waihinga Centre last week, and gosh, the old lady is looking stunning, albeit not quite finished! So November is out for events and our Show absolutely needs to be there.

But don’t despair, the small team of organisers will soon be starting plans for the BEST SHOW EVER in November 2019 and we urge all you show enthusiasts to do likewise. Gardening never stops, after all. The extra addition of the photo competition in 2015 will continue too, so budding photographers – keep up the shooting practice!

There were just under 400 entries to the 2015 show: let’s beat the record next year.

Just a note for anybody who still has trophies, could you please get in touch. Also any queries … though we here are all a tad rusty with show plans right now. 

Contact Maree Roy ph 306 9319 or email maree.greenfrog@gmail.com. Visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/martinboroughroseflowershow .

Maree Roy.

Locavore March 2019 Martinborough

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(A locavore is anyone who only eats food from the local area 

https://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Locovore  )

I am looking to get together a small steering group to set up a “Locavore Martinborough March 2019” for people who are interested in the challenge of being a locavore for the month of March 2019 in Martinborough.  The idea is that it is shorter term but more hard core than similar locavore initiatives e.g. in Kāpiti.

If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Jane Lenting janelenting@xtra.co.nz  by 16 November.  I’ll organise a get together for late November, so let me know what times suit to meet.  Alternatively if you would just like to be on a mailing list to find out more later on, let me know.

A steering group would:

Has this been done before?

Work out the “rules” – how strict to be.

Would it be a fund raiser?

Find sources for as many local grown foods as possible, including locally grown and milled grains

Get others involved – anyone keen to help with social media?

Local olive oils judged ‘best in class’ 

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Martinborough olive growers say this area produces great olive oil  ..  and international judges agree.  

Five Martinborough growers took home 15 Gold Medal or higher awards between them at the Olives New Zealand Awards held in Masterton in October.

Five growers – Rod Lingard (Il Falcone), Helen and John Meehan (Olivo), Colin and Diane Hadley (Left Field), Ross Vintiner and Andrea Stewart (Dali),  Mike and Margaret Hanson (Blue Earth) – were awarded the prestigious Best in Class.   

Best in Class awards are selected from Gold Medallists,  and between the five growers there were 9 Gold Medals. 

Best in Class Single Variety EVOO winners are Rod Lingard for Il Falcone Korako, Helen and John Meehan for Olivo Koroneiki, and Ross Vintiner and Andrea Stewart for Dali Frantoio; Best in Class Blends winners are Colin and Diane Hadley for Left Field Tuscan Blend and Mike and Margaret Hanson for Blue Earth Classic.  Rod Lingard’s Gold Lime Infused Oil was awarded Best Flavoured (Citrus).  

Wairarapa olive oil producers took a clean sweep of the top awards and dominated the 2018 New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards, with nearly  half the 130 awards going to Wairarapa growers. 

Best in Show went to Loopline Olives Picholene varietal and Best in Boutique went to Juno Olive Oil’s Picual varietal. 

They agreed the season had provided the right combination of hot and cool weather, not too much or not too little rainfall at the right times, and few frosts as the fruit ripened. 

All the judges are experts from around the world, and one commented that “the oils were an absolute delight.  I found gold medal oils across all of the classes I judged”.   

Several of the winning oils can found at The Martinborough Wine Centre or P&K.  

Maree’s musings

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The LITTLE SUFFIX that COULD.

While preparing to tackle this month’s musings, I came across a couple of words which set off an idea dribble that became a torrent. A recent royal visit resulted in the charming expression ‘Markle sparkle’ being bandied about and that little ‘–le’ suffix got me thinking. It’s as common as muck, as the saying goes; but why? Time to investigate …

Sparkle (above) sets a spark sparkling. 

Dribble is spittle dripping and couple implies togetherness, like double, but not single or triple. Twinkle (as in star) has the light twinkling. I don’t want to dazzle you with my (ahem!) brilliance, baffle you with lists or bore you with babble, but it’s plain that the ‘–le’ creates action; often charmingly little to boot, like nestle, for example. There’s bumble which we met before with the bee! A stumble or a fumble may lead to a mumble or a grumble, although grizzling will do you no good.

Apparently Harry’s nickname for his lovely bride is ‘Meggle’: that diminutive charm also comes to the fore for the devoted pair; as in cuddle, nuzzle, snuggle, fondle, giggle, tickle and prickle (maybe not!). Canoodle – almost certainly. 

We all know what that’s about, but it was such a funny-looking word that I did some investigating into the mystery shrouding its origin. The Germans, maybe not known for this charming behaviour, did however have a word for it – knuddeln. Folklore might be a better bet. Apparently the use of two-person canoes by young Edwardian sweethearts was a cunning plot to escape the presence of a chaperon; allowing for a bit of private hanky-panky. A somewhat priceless heading in the 1998 New York Times magazine article (about such goings-on) screamed ‘Paddle Your Own Canoodle’. Says it all, really.

There were a few more I puzzled (incidentally, from the word pose which means confused thinking!) over. Bamboozle for one: apparently the dour Scots used to delight in bombazing others; resulting in greater confusion than the more polite modern version. Embezzle, which looks very Middle Eastern, is actually from a French word for ‘causing to disappear’. The first time it was connected to financial fraud was way back in the sixteenth century. Times haven’t changed much, then.

Doddle is a less common one, despite meaning a piece of colloquial cake. It originates from America, but nobody knows who fangled it first. Maybe, like it, we could have a doozle – just to downsize ‘a real doozy’, which strangely can mean a Bad Thing or a good one; but it’s always a biggie in either case.

Although there are hundreds of –le words; it’s likely to be good for your brain and good fun to invent some, as I just did. Gristle is a bit of gristy steak, so perhaps we could adopt grisle – as in grisly – for startling the neighbours while hassling them at Hallowe’en. And an alternative to the aforementioned cuddle, canoodle and a gentle snuggle – snoggle, maybe?

Finally, Google; which turned 20 years old in September. I wondered what would happen if you Googled ‘google’, so I tried. And yes; that little suffix that could worked here too, turning a googol, which is a Very Large number, into an equally enormous search. It’s a miracle! 

Well, that’s enough scribble from your humble muse for this article; time for me to toddle off. Take care and keep out of trouble!