The pick of the crop

Here’s the regular pictorial round-up of all things awesome in our patch.  How about this for a real pick of the crop?  Ian Riddell is delighted with the early flowering blooms at Clandon Daffodils.   (Their shop opens Monday July 2!)


Ian Riddell




The sunrise was gorgeous at Cornerstone Alpaca Stud last week.  (But where are all the alpacas?!)

Cornerstone Alpaca sunset


Orini Combined School’s garden group have been picking, digging and placing soil onto the gardens. They have also weeded and pruned some of the trees!  Way cool.


Orini combined School


Continuing with the gardening theme, how about this shot from Wairere Nursery?  They haven’t let the rain put them off potting up roses and trees.  Looking good, guys.


Wairere potting


There was plenty of calligraphy going on in Gordonton at Marian Riddell’s Great Old English workshop on Saturday .




Lianne Stephenson took her family tramping up Pukemokemoke, lots to explore up there.





And finally, finally, here is Annalese Webber from Zealong Tea Estate giving a lovely mother-to-be a nice warm cup of chamomile tea at the Fieldays.  (Looks somewhat familiar…)


Jacinda and Annalese


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