En­joy a feast of fab­u­lous flow­ers

The Rep - - ROUND & ABOUT -

YOU re­ally should find a free half hour some time this week­end to visit the flower fes­ti­val at St Michael and All An­gels Cathe­dral. Not only is it sure to be a vis­ual de­light, it is also an ex­pe­ri­ence that is good for the soul.

A rose fes­ti­val was held in Oc­to­ber ev­ery year at St Michael’s, but was dis­con­tin­ued a few years ago and has now been re­sus­ci­tated as a flower fes­ti­val.

Queen­stown has al­ways been known for its beau­ti­ful roses, but as so many that were made avail­able for the fes­ti­val are no longer around, it has been de­cided that any flow­ers may be used and there is no rea­son to be­lieve that the dis­play will be any less fab­u­lous than it has ever been.

Tra­di­tion­ally, var­i­ous churches and indi- vid­u­als in and around Queen­stown were in­vited to cre­ate an ar­range­ment and al­lo­cated a text to il­lus­trate, but this year it has been de­cided that those do­ing the ar­range­ments may choose their own themes.

The in­sti­ga­tor of the re­vival of the fes- tival, Heather Moor­croft, says there will be more than 20 ar­range­ments, so you can be as­sured of a feast of flo­ral beauty on ev­ery win­dowsill and each flat sur­face and vis­i­tors can only gaze in awe at the beau­ti­ful ar­range­ments while also ap­pre­ci­at­ing their heav- enly per­fume.

While you are there, spare a mo­ment to look at the mag­nif­i­cent stained glass win­dows. They are very old, but their de­tail and rich colours make them some of the best there are and when the sun shines through them their jewel-like colours re­ally come to the fore.

Those do­ing the ar­range­ments will be beaver­ing away to­day and to­mor­row morn­ing at 10 there will be a short open­ing ser­vice, af­ter which the church will be open till 5pm for the pub­lic to en­joy wan­der­ing around the church to ad­mire the flow­ers or just sit­ting qui­etly and ab­sorb­ing the peace and tran­quil­lity.

On Sun­day the pub­lic is wel­come again from af­ter the morn­ing ser­vice which ends at 10am and will re­main open un­til 5pm.

Don’t miss it – you will be sorry if you do.

DOC­TOR, DOC­TOR: Former GHS head­girl Dr Na­dia van Staden last week qual­i­fied as a spe­cial­ist pae­di­a­tri­cian. With her is her hus­band, Dr Craig Berenger

STUN­NING: Queen­stown is known for its beau­ti­ful roses, and some will be on view at St Michael’s Pic­ture: FANIE FOURIE

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