Male perspective on garden tour
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.
Ten homes and gardens will be on show later this month.