Tasman Leader : November 7th 2013
28 THE TASMAN LEADER, NOVEMBER 7, 2013 Marble move vindicated By ALASTAIR PAULIN L ooking at Miriam and Andy Lee’s immaculately landscaped and prolifi- cally planted garden, it is hard to believe that just four years ago it was nothing but a giant mound of dirt in the front yard of their new Thorp St home. The Motueka couple had moved from their Carmen Drive home partly because Miriam wanted a bigger garden – her planting at Carmen Dr had spread on to the roadside verge – but there were some features she wanted to take with her to the new garden, including almost eight tonnes of Takaka marble. It took a crane to move the two giant rocks but the result was well worth it. The 5-tonne slab is now a water feature in her new garden and it was picked as a highlight by visitors when the couple opened their garden for the Motueka Garden Trail last weekend. Miriam had shared her Car- men Dr garden on previous garden trails but this was the first year for the Thorp St garden as planting had been too new earlier, Miriam said. Her garden was designed for ‘‘space, colour and green – and practicality with the vege garden. I’m trying to show nature at its best,’’ she said. It also serves as a showcase for a huge variety of rhododendrons and the timing of the garden trail showed them at their best. Miriam denied that preparing the garden to open to the public took a lot of extra work. ‘‘I keep my garden like this all the time. ‘‘My garden is my passion, my hobby and my vice.’’ She had about 200 visitors on Saturday and when the Tasman Leader visited early on Sunday afternoon, she had had another 100 garden fans through already. The garden trail is a fundra- iser for the Motueka Toy Library and committee member Josie Reid said about 350 tickets had been sold with the event raising about $5000, up slightly on last year’s fine effort. There were 21 private gardens on the trail, along with the Motueka Community Gardens and the Inlet Walkway, as well as the gardens of the three participating cafes, Jester House, Riverside Cafe and Up the Garden Path, which all donated 10 per cent of sales to trail ticket holders to the toy library. Josie thanked all the garden- ers who took part, as well as the businesses and wider community who had assisted with raffles and baking. ‘‘It’s great stuff for the toy library. We’re delighted,’’ she said. NEWS/PUZZLES Marble mountain: Miriam Lee, left, shows Stan and Annette Sivak from Mapua a water feature in her Thorp St, Motueka garden during the Motueka Garden Trail last Sunday. CROSSWORD YOUR STARS TOP 10 THE TOP 10 1. What did New Zealanders buy 40m tickets for in 1939, less than 12m in 1973, and around 15m each year since 2004? 2. What does REM stand for? 3. What is New Zealand’s biggest farm called? 4. Libya’s flag is the world’s only national flag of one colour. What colour is it? 5. What do the letters in QANTAS stand for? 6. According to the nursery rhyme, if the third little piggy had roast beef, what did the fourth have? 7. Many New Zealanders have ridden on the London Eye. How many passenger capsules does it have - 18, 24 or 32? 8. “Fat Tuesday” is the literal translation of what festival? 9. Who wrote and sang the hit song that speaks of the day the music died? 10. Which introduced bird, common in northern New Zealand, is rarely seen south of the lower North Island? Photo: ALASTAIR PAULIN SUDOKU NZ CROSSWORD 1. The cinema, 2. Rapid Eye Movement, 3. Molesworth Station, 4. Green, 5. Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services, 6. None, 7. 32, 8. Mardis Gras, 9. Don McLean (in “American Pie”), 10. Mynah.
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