Saturday, 24 May 2008

Blueskin Bay Library column

Farewell to Helen and Meaghan

Helen Henry is leaving us to take up the position of Librarian at
Otago Boys' High School. Helen has been part of the Blueskin Bay
library team for four and a half years and will be very much missed by
our team and community. However we hope to see Helen back as a
reliever during future school holidays.

Meaghan Kelly is leaving due to a heavy workload at school. We wish
them both the best for the future.

Bessie Van Hale has joined the Blueskin Bay team as our relieving
assistant shelver. Welcome Bessie. Welcome also to Monika Stadler who
is working on a relieving basis at the library.

Staff picks:

Louise recommends 'Navigating midlife: women becoming themselves' by
Robyn Vickers-Willis. It's a valuable and engaging book to read if you
are journeying through those midlife years.

Queen's Birthday Medieval Concert

The medieval music and singing group who have been practising during
May will perform on Monday 2 June at the Library at 7.30pm.

Midwinter Craft Workshop Weekend

Please keep Saturday June 14 and Sunday 15 June free! We are in the
throes of organizing a fun filled weekend offering a variety of craft
workshops including: felting, crochet, tie-dying, sewing, mosaics,
needle-felting, beading, and embroidery. The workshops will run from
10 – 4pm in the Waitati hall. Register your interest at the Blueskin
Bay Library. $10 entry charge, this will cover lunch and electricity.
There maybe a small charge with some workshops. More details soon!

Poetry Project 2008 and Montana Poetry Day Friday 18 July

To celebrate Montana Poetry Day and encourage a love of poetry,
Blueskin Bay Library would like to invite you to contribute to our
2008 poetry curtain and '2008 Blueskin Poets' anthology. The curtain
will be unveiled on Friday 18 July. Please email your poetry to Louise
at: lbooth@dcc.govt.nz by Friday 4 July. Please note that this is for
everyone belonging to the Blueskin Bay community.

Warrington Outreach

The library drives to Warrington School this month on the 11th, and
the 25th of June. We are available for borrowing, returning,
registering new members from 2pm till 3pm.

Children's Book Club at Warrington

Our enthusiastic members will be meeting on the 24th June, from 3.15pm
till 4.30pm.

by Louise Booth

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Corrected article: Waitati car sharing scheme has riders

A working party set up in Waitati last month has finalised plans for a
car ride-sharing scheme. The idea was the brainchild of Waitati
resident Jackie Fanning and gained the unanimous support of those at
the May meeting. "We aim to start as soon as we see that there is a
critical mass of people available on the register," spokesperson Sue
Hensley told 'Blueskin News'.

The scheme is named 'W Rush Hours Ride-Share'. The 'W' stands for Waitati,
Warrington and Waikouaiti and the scheme would also include adults and teens
who do not own a car.

• Morning pick-up spot will be outside the Blueskin Bay Library/Waitati Hall

• Evening pick-up point from Dunedin is likely to be near the corner
Duke and Great King Streets

The working party is seeking another pick-up point on the one-way
nearer the Octagon, which "...needs to be a safe, uncongested spot
during rush hour."

Users will have to register to become part of the W Rush Hours
Ride-Share and members' contact details will not be publicly
available. Registrations will be taken at Blueskin Bay Library from
23 June onwards and will record users' likely hours and days of
travel. Users will be given an armband to wear as ID and a sticker to
put on their car windows.

"This scheme relies on people getting out of their cars and being the
ones getting a lift, Sue said. "We encourage people to do this at
least once a week." Riders will be asked to make a $2 donation per
person per one way trip (including children).

The ride-share is initially being developed for rush-hour travel, 8am
to 10am going south and 4:30pm to 6:30pm going north, Sue said, but
"... if it works outside of these hours then why not!"

The working party has obtained legal advice. "As long as we keep
calling the $2 a 'donation' then legally everything is OK – it is not
a commercial operation, we come under an exception provided in law for
people travelling between destinations on a share basis," Sue
explained. "Because it is non commercial, there is no income tax issue
either. As far as insurance and ACC are concerned, Sue said, "normal
principles would apply."

by the editors

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Friday, 23 May 2008

Mega-media mogul muscles in on 'Blueskin News' patch

Family-owned Otago media company Allied Press has just [not yet – on
Wednesday 28 May] launched its new Otago Daily Times Online Edition,
which includes local news pages odt.co.nz/your-town/waitati and
odt.co.nz/your-town/warrington each containing news stories from the
'ODT'. Our own website, blueskin.co.nz looks decidedly drab by
comparison. 'Blueskin News' has been sharing stories with the 'ODT',
'The Star' and other local media for several years; we welcome our
competitors on to our patch and wish them well. We are sure we will
find something else to do if they do us out of a job.

by the editors

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Opinion: Don't throw the 'baby pipe' out with the Big Pipe

You may have seen the Big Pipe being installed beside the motorway as
you drive to town, this is the Northern Water Scheme. Many people are
still ambivalent about this new water supply: although most of us will
be happy to see the end of the 'boil water' notices and sediment in
the water, there is still a large percentage of people who would have
preferred to see the money going into an overhaul of our local schemes
and subsidies to encourage locals to install rain water collection
tanks.

The Northern Water Scheme connects us to the Dunedin supply and will
be fluoridated. Olive McRae has raised the issue of safety of water
fluoridation and she feels local people have not been properly
consulted as to whether they want fluoride in the water supply. She
approached the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board asking for a
referendum to be held in our area and this motion was accordingly
carried at its last meeting on 16 April. Although it is obvious that
removing fluoride from the water supplied from Dunedin would not be
easy, the number of people who signed the petition opposing fluoride
indicates a high level of resistance. Will the council agree to the
request for a referendum?

The other issue which has been raised with me many times is the
security of the water supply, coming all the way from Deep Stream to
Dunedin, then from the treatment plant at Mt Grand to Seacliff.
Earthquakes, floods and just running out in our increasingly dry
climate are possible scenarios which may leave us without adequate
water for days or weeks. Seeing the pictures of the devastation in
both China and Myanmar after the earthquake and flooding in those
countries makes us aware of how vulnerable humans can be in a
disaster. The importance of access to fresh, clean water and the
length of time reconstruction can take are genuine concerns. Two years
ago a major bridge and a considerable amount of the Waitati Valley
road were washed out during flooding, this is the route the big pipe
takes, so it cannot be argued that it won't happen here.

A number of people in both Waitati and Warrington have expressed a
wish for the local water sources to be maintained in at least a basic
form, so that in the event of a disaster they could be hooked up to
supply water to households until repairs to the Big Pipe could be
made. This might entail leaving storage tanks and pipes in place and
flushing these out once a month to stop the build up of too much muck
inside them. This should not involve a great deal of staff time but
could provide a level of peace of mind so that if the Big Pipe fails,
locals can work together to provide drinking water for our
communities. A petition has been started in Warrington requesting the
DCC makes provision for this local source to be able to be reactivated
in the event of such an emergency. How will the council respond to
such a request?

by Geraldine Tait

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Waikouaiti Coast Community Board

If you are not keen on making submissions to the DCC Annual Plan,
writing letters to the editor or even organizing protest marches then
talking to your Community Board can be a good place to seek help with
a local issue. There is a public forum at the beginning of each
meeting and these are reasonably informal and welcoming. By talking to
us you will hopefully be informed about the necessary processes and
will also find some willing advocates who can work with you to help
attain your goal. No, we can't promise anything but at times the
Dunedin City Council does listen, and through our Community Plan we
are able to prioritise things which the community wants to achieve.

The next Waikouaiti Coast Community Board meeting is on Wednesday 11
June, starting at 5.30 pm at the Karitane Hall. Members of the public
are welcome to come along and observe, if you wish to speak please
phone Lynne Robins our Governance Support Officer (DCC) at least 24
hours before the meeting. We have a small fund to assist local
projects/events if your group wishes to apply for funding please phone
the DCC and ask for an application form or speak to one of your local
Board members; Alasdair Morrison (Chair person) 4822 505, Andy Barratt
021 890 048, Gerard Collings 465 7604, Nancy Higgins 4821 198, Murray
Holland 465 7482, Cr Andrew Noone 465 7157, or myself Geraldine Tait
4822 517.

by Geraldine Tait

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary (column)

The 2008 planting season is well under way with 3000 plants ready to
go in the ground. Already 846 plants have been put in as of 19 May.
The target area is the Rimu track and the gorse margins of the habitat
mosaic on the Trust land. The next planting mornings are Monday 9 June
and Saturday 14 June. Ring Valerie, the plant co-ordinator on 482 2806
the night before if you intend going. Being part of the planting group
can bring unexpected benefits: last month as Valerie and her team
walked back to the gate they were treated to the sight and sound of
the elusive Fernbirds, only the third sighting in over a year.

At the recent meeting Chris Baillie filled us in with other sanctuary
happenings (detailed in the latest newsletter and available on the
web) and a DVD was shown on the plight of the Kiwi. Chris outlined the
successful Operation Nest Egg programme and how crèches for young Kiwi
combined with intensive Stoat trapping are making a small but critical
difference to North Island species. The enormous effort by DOC and
many very active communities is incredibly inspiring. Unfortunately
for the South Island kiwi species – the Okarito Brown and the Haast
Tokoeka things are looking decidedly grim.DOC is now wanting to
increase resources for these birds and is looking for safe habitats
for young birds.

Several DOC staff have inspected the sanctuary in the past and a kiwi
expert is soon to visit and check out our soil for the invertebrates
that provide kiwi tucker: beetles, worms, larvae etc, and whether it
is soft enough for kiwi bills to get into. Information gathered to
date is encouraging and the translocation of some kiwi into the
sanctuary is getting closer dependent of course on continued
predator-free status.

Pest eradication is still in fact in full swing. 410 mouse traps have
been set around the target area (it takes 2 days just to set them
out!) and 3 Mice have been caught so far. No further indications of
mice have been noted in the tracking tunnels. Well done Kelly and
Riki.

For further information on the ecosanctuary, the office number is 482
1755, you can visit www.orokonui.org.nz or see our box at the Blueskin
Bay Library.

by Sue Hensley

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Waitati car sharing scheme has riders

A working party set up in Waitati in May has finalised plans for a car
ride-sharing scheme. "We aim to start as soon as we see that there is
a critical mass of people available on the register," spokesperson Sue
Hensley told 'Blueskin News'.

Sue said the proposal had made exciting progress. The public meeting
last month was "great" and decided the basis for the ride-share, to be
called 'W Rush Hours Ride-Share'. The 'W' stands for Waitati,
Warrington and Waikouaiti and the scheme would also include people
without cars including teenagers.

• Morning pick-up spot will be outside the Blueskin Bay Library/Waitati Hall

• Evening pick-up point from Dunedin is likely to be near the corner
Duke and Great King Streets

The working party is seeking another pick-up point on the one-way
nearer the Octagon, which "...needs to be a safe, uncongested spot
during rush hour."

Users will have to register to become part of the W Rush Hours
Ride-Share and members' contact details will not be publicly
available. Registerations will be taken at Blueskin Bay Library from
23 June onwards and will record users' likely hours and days of
travel. Users will begiven an armband to wear as ID and a sticker to
put on their car windows.

"This scheme relies on people getting out of their cars and being the
ones getting a lift, Sue said. "We encourage people to do this at
least once a week." Riders will be asked to make a $2 donation per
person per one way trip (including children).

The ride-share is initially being developed for rush-hour travel, 8am
to 10am going south and 4:30pm to 6:30pm going north, Sue said, but
"... if it works outside of these hours then why not!"

The working party has obtained legal advice. "As long as we keep
calling the $2 a 'donation' then legally everything is OK – it is not
a commercial operation, we come under an exception provided in law for
people travelling between destinations on a share basis," Sue
explained. "Because it is non commercial, there is no income tax issue
either. As far as insurance and ACC are concerned, Sue said, "normal
principles would apply."

by the editors

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domain and may be freely shared, archived, re-edited and republished.
If you want to credit the source it's "blueskin.co.nz".

Home wanted for hosting a French teenager (updated)

Bonjour! A cultural experience: How would you like to be a host family
to a French teenager for two
months?

Luce is 17 year old from Burgundy, France and is active, loves
tramping, walking and outdoor sports. She has plenty of experience in
child-minding and is willing to help out or find some occupation
locally. She wants to improve her English and experience life in New
Zealand. Last winter (EU summer) she studied in Australia, this winter
she is looking to live and experience life in and around our own
Blueskin Bay.

We're seeking a friendly family household for Luce. She'll spend almost
eight weeks, from the 3rd of July until the 28th of August, in New
Zealand. Luce is outgoing and adventurous and we'd like her to
experience the good things in and around Blueskin Bay. We'll also help
her out during her time here.

Please, for more information, call us or email 4822249 (home)
scott.willis@otago.ac.nz.

by Scott Willis and Jenna Packer

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Derek's Garden Diary: Garlic to keep the devil at bay?

Garlic is traditionally planted on the shortest day, our winter
solstice around June 21st, and harvested six months later on the
longest day in December. It's a nice story with a pleasant affinity
with the seasons especially when you feel that spring can't be that
far away as you plant in mid-winter. Until that is you have to force
the cloves into the freezing, damp soil.

I am not sure how far this tradition goes back nor whether it has
proved its worth in New Zealand. Certainly in this area it seems
strange to be planting a Mediterranean plant in the depths of winter,
especially when any bulbs you have accidentally left in the ground
sprout swiftly as early as April and then appear to regret doing so
until the soils warm up again in September. That is if they have not
rotted, as many of my solstice planted cloves did.

The clue to growing good Garlic is that it is a Mediterranean plant.
It likes warm, stony soil and it sprouts and grows when the rains come
in late winter and early spring, and then it hibernates, dries off,
forms a bulb, as the temperatures rise and the land becomes bone dry
over summer. So if we lived in Greece or Sydney or even in less frosty
parts of Marlborough we might get away with planting in June and
harvesting in December but down here I have found it better to wait
until the ground warms up in September and harvest as late as February
or early March.

As with many other plants from the stonier, drier parts of the world
such as figs, olives and grapes, don't be tempted to feed or water
Gralic a lot. You will get large bulbs but their necks will be thick
and fleshy and they will not dry off well and will not keep for long.

Garlic that you buy in the supermarket rarely grows nowadays because
it has been sprayed to prevent it from sprouting so that it keeps for
longer. There are a number of varieties of "seed" garlic around, some
of which send up a "flower" stalk topped with clusters of small
bulbils and others which simply form more cloves. The small bulbils
can be planted and, in this climate, will usually form a single clove
in their first year and a cluster in the second.

Garlic is in the latest round of applications to ERMA for
field-testing of genetically modified crops. The GM garlic has
resistance to herbicides so that weeds can be sprayed while the crop
is in the ground. We do not eat huge amounts of Garlic and it is so
easy to grow in the smallest of spaces so surely it is not too
difficult to make industrial scale production unnecessary.

But forget planting it, or anything else in June and concentrate on
collecting food and organic matter to improve the soil for next year.
Cover the ground with a thick mulch of fallen leaves, seaweed, wood
ashes, hay, straw, animal manures or make compost with anything
organic that you can get your hands on. But leave a lean spot for the
garlic.

by Derek Onley

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Thursday, 22 May 2008

Waitati Energy Project

We need all the tips and advice we can get to save on heating costs
this winter, and we need to make efficiencies all round as Peak Oil
causes the price of everything to rise.

With this in mind the Waitati Energy Project is holding a 'Warm Homes
Energy Info Evening' for 7pm Thursday, 12 June. Make a note of this
date! There'll be something for everyone, and a BIG something for
someone. Thanks to the generosity of Novatherm, we'll have a house-lot
(120 square metres) of insulation to give away on the night. Novatherm
manufactures non-fibreglass polyester thermal insulation in Otago: it
is a local enterprise. The insulation has an extremely high R-value
and is used in EECA retro-fit programmes. It is BRANZ appraised and
carries a 50-year performance guarantee, so whoever wins this will
have a cosy house for a very long time! You can find out more about it
at novatherm.co.nz .

To encourage warm ideas, conversation and participation, we'll also
have mulled wine, tea and coffee, and we've invited Neville Auton, DCC
Energy Manager, and Home Energy Rating Scheme (HERS) auditors Bob
Draper and Lloyd McGinty to speak. Bob and Lloyd have worked at
Waitati assessing the energy efficiency of houses and will present the
first few HERS certificates. We'll also learn some general lessons
about the state of our homes in Waitati. Placemakers Dunedin is also
sponsoring the evening, with prizes and giveaways, and the Energy
Efficiency and Conservation Authority have donated thousands of
dollars of energy assessments to the Waitati Energy Project. Later in
July we'll have a full Energy Expo day, but for now let's make
Thursday the 12th June a hot start to the Waitati Energy Project
winter series.

Another event that may interest a number of you is the 'Energy
Efficiency Expo' at Hampden, on the 2nd of June (Queens Birthday),
10am – 4pm. It looks to be a fascinating day – so I hope the Blueskin
News gets to you and you hear about it before Queens Birthday! (Or you
see the posters around Blueskin Bay).

Our other partners have not been idle either. Powerhouse Wind has just
installed their first prototype at Sawyers Bay. Its now spinning in
the wind, generating electricity and information and the testing
process has begun. No firm date for their turbine installation at
Waitati yet but the PHW team are planning a site visit soon.

Researchers from the Otago Energy Research Centre meanwhile have
approached us with several research proposals:

• Trialling an interactive kit for children, to encourage them to
become more energy literate

• Trialling the production of bio-fuels for Waitati needs in Waitati

• Surveying the Waitati community on attitudes to small and large wind
turbines for local energy production

There'll be more about these projects in the next edition.

Keep warm, and make sure you come along to Waitati Hall on Thursday
the 12th of June. To go on Waitati Energy Project email list please
contact : scott.willis@otago.ac.nz

by Scott Willis

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Home wanted for hosting a French teenager

How would you like to be a host family to a French teenager for two months?

Luce is a 17 year old from Burgundy, France and is active, loves
tramping, walking and outdoor sports. She has plenty of experience in
child-minding and is willing to help out or find some occupation
locally. She wants to improve her English and experience life in New
Zealand. Last winter (EU summer) she studied in Australia, this winter
she is looking to live and experience life in and around our own
Blueskin Bay.

On her behalf I'm seeking a friendly family household for Luce.
Ideally Luce's hosts will be interested in French culture and willing
to help her acclimatise to life in Blueskin Bay, though we'll also
support her time during her time here.

She'll spend almost eight weeks, from the 3rd of July until the 28th
of August, in New Zealand. Luce is outgoing and adventurous and we'd
like her to experience the good things about life in and around
Blueskin Bay

Please, for more information, call us or email.

Scott Willis and Jenna Packer

4822249 (home)

4795327 (work)

scott.willis@otago.ac.nz


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Winter Warm Up at Waitati School

Waitati School PTA Welcomes you to a "Winter Warm Up"
5.30pm Friday 20th June.

Starting with a lantern walk from school to the hall.

Hot soup and drinks for sale and a shared supper (please bring a plate).

Entertainment to light up the shortest day.

Raffle with some great prizes.

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The Blueskin Bayleaf: Duck

Duck is usually cooked as a heavy dish, but it does not have to be
this way. True, duck cooked in a mandarin or orange sauce is delicious
with roast kumara and braised brussel sprouts. For something lighter,
try this tested autumn salad.

GRILLED DUCK BREAST with Fresh Citrus and Cranberry relish

2 whole duck breasts

Coarse (kosher) salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

4 handfuls lettuce (lambs, paris cos..whatever you have going)

1. Preheat the grill to low. When ready to cook, oil the grill rack.

2. Jab the tines of a fork randomly into the side of the duck breast,
piercing through to the flesh, to allow some of the fat to cook off
during grilling.

3. Season liberally on both sides with salt and pepper.

4. Place skin side down on the grill.

5. Cook over low heat until skin is brown and crispy and meat is
tender and pink. 25 – 30 minutes. Flip and cook to your likeing as
needed. (extra 5 minutes)

6. Remove from the grill, rest, and cut into lengthwise slices an inch
thick, along the grain of the meat.

Relish

3 oranges or 5 mandarins, pith and seeds removed

1 cup fresh cranberries

1 onion or 3 shallots finely chopped

small handful of fresh herbs – basil, marjoram, parsley

juice of 1 lime

3 T light vegetable oil

Put all in a pot and stir well to combine. Simmer gently for 15
minutes and add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside and cool to room
temperature. Covered tightly in the refrigerator, will keep for a day
or two.

Layer lettuce as a nest in a wide bowl, arrange sliced duck breast and
serve with relish on the side. For an extra touch, garnish with
calendula flowers and some hot potatoes for a complete meal.

by Rowan Holt

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Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Teen dolphin sighted off North Otago

University of Otago dolphin researcher Jennie Upton identified a
long-resident Hector's Dolphin in the sea near Moeraki last weekend.

"The dolphin we got an ID photo of is in the database from a
population survey done in 1995/96," Jennie told 'Blueskin News'. "This
means this dolphin has been around for over 13 years in the same
area."

Jennie's research team hope to get out on the water once a week over
the next few months and they are keen to hear from anyone who has seen
dolphins or who has information on historical sightings.

by the editors

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Warrington Dolphin Survey (column)

Liz and I have finally broken the field work drought and managed to
get out on the water on the weekend and start counting dolphins. (The
weather and other commitments had been against us.) We put the boat in
at Moeraki and headed north to Oamaru – the forecast wind was
northeasterly and we always head into the wind.

We sighted three different pods during our journey and we managed to
get an identification photo of the one dolphin that had marks on its
fin. Exciting news: the dolphin we got an id photo of is in the data
base from a population survey done in 1995/96 This means this dolphin
has been around for over 13 years in the same area!

We also sighted a dolphin with a red mark on or around its right eye
but it was not keen to have its photo taken. Hopefully we will manage
to get out on the water once a week over the next few months and find
more dolphins.

My school visits and public talks are going well. Give me a call if
you would like me to talk to your group (young and old).

I am still keen to hear from anyone who has seen dolphins and/or if
they have information on historical sightings. Feel free to give me a
call.

And we are still waiting for the Government to make a decision on the
threat management plan.

by Jennie Upton

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Blueskin Garden Club (column)

For its May meeting the Blueskin Garden Club held its Annual General
Meeting on 8 May at the Blueskin Bay Café. We had a great turnout
of 18 members including two new members. Our AGM took the form of a
dinner – interspersed with business, chit chat, and fun. Lyne Carlyle our
President presented a very detailed President's Report, which was followed by
Glenys Clements' Treasurer's Report.

A big thank you to Lyne, Glenys, and to our Secretary Lyn
Hastie for all their hard work during the year to keep the Club functioning
and in good stead.

Once the formal part of the evening was over Lyne Carlyle had prepared a
quiz with questions all around gardening, plants etc. The puzzled faces on
hearing some of the questions, and the resulting answers, showed how some of
us don't actually know a lot about gardening or the names of different
plants!

Still the company was terrific and we had lots of laughs over some of the
answers. All in all it was a great AGM – good food, good company, and lots of
enthusiasm for the coming year ahead.

Officers elected were:

President: Lyne Carlyle

Vice President: Rowena Park

Secretaryl: Lyn Hastie

Treasurer: Glenys Clements

Committee: Marilyn Richardson, Daphne Henderson, Lesley Smith

Our next meeting will be at 7.30pm, Thursday 12 June 2008 at the
Warrington Memorial Hall. Our guest speaker is Neville Hastie who has
been growing Hazelnuts locally for 5 or 6 years. So, if you are
interested in growing Hazelnuts (or any other nuts), please come along
and listen to Neville.

Don't forget to bring along a bloom and/or a vegetable from your garden for
our competition.

by Lesley Smith

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