366 days of gratitude


I spent today at the beautiful Centrewood Estate near Waimate, Finding a Story – taking part in a writing workshop taken by poet and teacher Diane Brown.

I am always impressed by how quickly trust is built established so quickly in workshops like this when most participants haven’t met before.

We had an educational, inspiring and at times unexpectedly moving day as we shared what we’d written, and there was a delicious two-course lunch as a bonus.

I’ve come home with fresh enthusiasm and motivation and I’m grateful for that and the workshop, teacher and participants that gave me the boost.

Fine country fare at Centrewood fete


It was almost raining when we parked at Centrewood Estate for its inaugural spring fete yesterday morning. But once we were inside the shelter of the mature trees which surround the historic homestead we forgot about the weather.

The 140 stalls lining the manicured lawns presented a dazzling display of clothes, rugs, home ware, plants, garden accessories, jewellery, food, books, toys, gifts, art and sculpture.

The range of goods for sale was wide and the quality high.

We spent more than four hours happily wandering from stall to stall, catching up with friends, sampling the fine food and wine and generally enjoying ourselves.

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