Kate’s ode to the rose, plus introducing our new online farmers’ market
WITH THEIR STORIES of struggles and triumphs, people are the stars of this magazine. Setbacks interest me as much as successes, perhaps more so. Weathering a few storms generally makes us more engaging. Life in perpetual and gentle sunshine is not so character building.
NZ Life & Leisure stories are compelling, which means they often inspire people to change their lives radically. Families have moved from one end of the country to the other as a result of reading this magazine, others have launched businesses. We are in awe of people who swap a salaried life for one on the land. These intelligent, brave souls power the developing biological economy. But earning a living from their labours is not easy. Often, having created a beautiful product, they discover selling is not their strong suit. They are just too busy making to get marketing.
NZ Life & Leisure is stepping in to help with an online farmers market of tasty products for delivery right to your door. Sponsorship of the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards opened our eyes to the wonderful boutique products New Zealanders are making. But in many cases, they can be hard to find. Take a look at our opening selection at thisnzlife.co.nz/ market and on page 119. These producers value your support although they don’t expect life to be a bed of roses.
It’s wise to be wary; Greek hero Agamemnon returned triumphant from the Trojan Wars to a bed of roses prepared by his wife Clytemnestra and was murdered in it. Homer’s Iliad characters face enough setbacks to have remained intriguing for all the millennia since. (Clytemnestra had taken a lover during Agamemnon’s decade long absence; he’d sacrificed her daughter to appease the gods and win the war. To say it was messy is an understatement.)
Elizabethan poet Christopher Marlowe, who also faced his share of setbacks (a charge of blasphemy and being murdered at 23) used the phrase beautifully in The Passionate Shepherd to His Love: And I will make thee beds of roses And a thousand fragrant posies, A cap of flowers, and a kirtle Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle. A kirtle embroidered with leaves of myrtle would make an excellent Christmas gift, don’t you think? But if you are not up to stitching a kirtle, may I humbly suggest you give subscriptions to this fine magazine?
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