Male per­spec­tive on gar­den tour

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When Pe­ter Vossen heard he was go­ing to get lunch as well as take part in the last Real Homes and Gar­dens Tour, he says he was in.

Un­for­tu­nately Pe­ter won’t be able to take part in the tour this time around, as he’s been roped in to do se­cu­rity as part of Ro­tary.

But he cer­tainly en­cour­ages other Mata­mata men to head along to this month’s home and gar­den tour.

If he was hon­est, he was a lit­tle ap­pre­hen­sive to go ini­tially, but once he’d gone he thought ‘what a good day out’. ‘‘You get to run into peo­ple you haven’t seen for a while too.’’

While also pro­vid­ing a chance to view ten stun­ning homes and their gar­dens around Mata­mata, the day is also a great so­cial event, Pe­ter says.

Pe­ter’s wife Chris says the day is made even bet­ter if a group of peo­ple travel around the homes to­gether. Stop­ping for lunch in the mid­dle of the day isn’t too bad either, she be­lieves.

Pe­ter says the tour also pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the work that goes in to the new builds, ren­o­va­tions, home styling and gar­dens.

‘‘We’ve got some good lo­cal peo­ple in Mata­mata turn­ing out some good work and we should be sup­port­ing the lo­cal peo­ple, trades­men, builders, in­te­rior de­sign­ers and land­scap­ers be­cause they’re all do­ing a great job. You don’t need to shop out of town.’’

It was also great to be able to sup­port Pohlen Hospi­tal, he says.

Tick­ets for the 2015 Real Homes and Gar­dens Tour, held on Novem­ber 14, are $45 from Colour­plus Mata­mata. Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 11: Mata­mata-Pi­ako Sports Awards. Guest speaker trans-Tas­man kayaker Scott Don­ald­son, MC Steve Hale. Tick­ets are $25 and in­clude sup­per. Avail­able from coun­cil of­fices. Fri­day, Novem­ber 13: New World Mata­mata Char­ity Golf Day, Mata­mata Golf Club. A fundraiser for Kate Diprose. Am­brose teams of 4. 11am shot­gun start. Satur­day, Novem­ber 14: The 2015 Real Homes and Gar­dens Tour. A to­tal of 10 homes and their gar­dens around Mata­mata on show. Tick­ets avail­able from Mata­mata Colour­plus. Satur­day, Novem­ber 14: Fundrais­ing garage sale at Mata­mata Chris­tian School, 91a Smith St, 9am. Novem­ber 17-28: Mata­mata Mu­si­cal Theatre stages The Jazz Club, a trib­ute to the 1950s. Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 18: 7 Days’ Dai Hen­wood at the Re­doubt, along­side Jus­tine Smith and Jamie Bowen. Tick­ets on sale now from the Re­doubt. Thurs­day, Novem­ber 19: Pi­ako Fete, Dal­tons Plantation from 10am3pm. Spend a day out with your friends shop­ping at the amaz­ing col­lec­tion of qual­ity stalls, lis­ten­ing to live mu­sic and watch­ing and learn­ing new skills at the demon­stra­tions through­out the day. Tick­ets avail­able from Eventfinder. Sun­day, Novem­ber 22: Carol ser­vice in the Tower church, 2pm. Tues­day, Novem­ber 24: Mata­mata His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s Christ­mas lunch­fur­ther de­tails to fol­low. Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 25: Gig­gles for Harry. A fundraiser com­edy night for Mata­mata toddler Harry Hen­nessy. Fea­tur­ing Urzila Carl­son, 6.30pm, Mata­mata Club. Tick­ets, at $60 in­clud­ing a two course buf­fet din­ner and silent auc­tion, are avail­able from Mata­mata Club now. Thurs­day, Novem­ber 26: Mata­mata Rose Show, Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre. Satur­day, Novem­ber 28: Mata­mata Twi­light Fair, Headon Sta­dium/Pohlen Park, 5pm-9pm, free en­try. Fun for the whole fam­ily. De­cem­ber 3-6: Mata­mata Christ­mas Choir Con­cert. Angli­can Church, 7.30pm daily. Sun­day from 1.30pm.

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX NZ

Ten homes and gar­dens will be on show later this month.

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