Kate’s ode to the rose, plus in­tro­duc­ing our new on­line farm­ers’ mar­ket

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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?

Nga mihi nui ki a koe to those who do gift NZ Life & Leisure. It’s a priv­i­lege to bring you great sto­ries all year.

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