Whanganui at its best in spring­time

Whanganui Midweek - - News -

JOAN. We thought we were well on track, af­ter our time in the UK, to get back into our weekly chat. Both Mike and I en­joy com­ment­ing on events and peo­ple who we share our weeks with. How­ever, hav­ing spent time in the Wairarapa last week, we missed out on a very busy week­end in the city.

A great plea­sure was to pur­chase one of a small num­ber of prints cre­ated by Gra­ham Hall af­ter Space’s “Jam” week­end. We had watched him work on this and mar­velled at the de­tail he ob­tained of the Watt Foun­tain and the Post Of­fice Cor­ner be­hind it. To own the re­sult of his skill and cre­ativ­ity is very spe­cial.

Win­der­mere Straw­berry Farm opened its doors for the new sea­son. Friends in­tro­duced us, last year, to the de­li­cious food of­fered at the cafe´ up there and we are de­ter­mined to spoil our­selves with sev­eral vis­its this sum­mer. Work­ing our way into the menu, we be­gan last week with a plate of but­ter­milk pan­cakes in a berry syrup, en­hanced with fresh straw­ber­ries and whipped cream.

Mag­nifique! I have to ad­mit to hav­ing to share one portion but by the end of the next few vis­its we will be eat­ing a plate each and, maybe even a smoothie to go with it. The sun was shin­ing, the rows of bud­ding fruit in the fields all around looked so at­trac­tive and the girls serv­ing were able and friendly.

Whanganui is at its very best in spring and gar­dens around the city look fresh and lovely. It is so good to see the Av­enue com­ple­ment­ing this and our bas­kets and beds are bet­ter than any we see around the coun­try.

Theatre-wise, the tal­ented Chris McKen­zie is di­rect­ing the an­nual pan­tomime at Reper­tory. He is an ex­cel­lent ac­tor and re­ally un­der­stands the de­mands of pro­duc­ing a play. Christ­mas gives our young ones the chance to en­joy pan­tomime tra­di­tion, an ex­tra treat to add on to the Christ­mas Pa­rade.

Am­dram has cho­sen plays for the com­ing year and they sound

PIC­TURE / GETTY IM­AGES

MIKE apol­o­gises but Hex­ham Abbey dates from 674 AD, not 674 BC.

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