Sunday, 22 March 2009

Newcomer settles in to village life

feature article by Blueskin News chief reporter Stacy-Ann Campbell

Waitati newcomer Lynnaire Johnston has embraced the centuries-old
concept of a potager garden, which is a garden that combines herbs,
flowers and vegetables is sharing the results with the local
community.

From her home on the corner of Doctor's Point Road and Foyle Street
Lynnaire will sell fresh and dried herbs, plants and herbs, plus
preserves and produce.

Lynnaire will aim at a different market than is catered for by
Blueskin Nurseries and feels there will be plenty of customers for
both, "It's a local enterprise for local people and the prices reflect
that," she says.

Since October Lynnaire has been selling her herbs at various local
markets including Seacliff. She was recently awarded first place for
the best outdoor stall at the Palmerston A&P show.

Lynnaire came to Waitati in August from Auckland. Her elderly mother
lives in Waikouaiti and she had the chance to buy a property she
adores. Her main business, magazine writing, editing, and copywriting
can be done anywhere. "Technology allows it today," she says.

Trained as a journalist, Lynnaire has had a varied career: she worked
in radio for ten years, was a motoring editor, has worked in charity
(and in fact still does), and was senior writer for the country's
largest city council. Some years ago she began her own freelance
writing and copywriting business, Word Wizard, creating websites,
advertisements, brochures and other marketing material for a wide
variety of companies.

Lynnaire's media skills and generous offers of help have been a great
asset to the Blueskin Media team. She edits the weekly Blueskin Bay
news bulletins read out each Friday on Puketapu Radio and she
co-edited the February edition of 'Blueskin News' while regular
co-editor Craig Marshall was away.

Lynnaire says the best thing about living in a small community is that
anywhere you go you run into someone you know, which is not the case
in the city. "I enjoy the fact there is so much going on here, yet it
is comparatively quiet and peaceful," she says.

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