It was good to head along again this year and see that good changes were bearing fruit – a sense that the garden were the centrepieces – more of them, better consistency, sufficient practicality and contrasting quirkiness. Placing the big tents around the edges was a vast improvement – the whole place felt open and uncluttered despite the presence of several thousand people. There were some great touches – the involvement of children, fantastic sculptures, and small features to try at home. I think it has earned its reprieve but it could do with a rebranding now – something that reflects the Christchurch setting. The ChCh City Council made a controversial purchase of what was an Auckland show, and it has paid off. Now it is time to own it as a local show for people from near, far and wide. Some of my images…
this year’s crop is amazing – including some of the largest ripe blackcurrants I have seen before
Personally I didn’t get the point of ornamental grapes until yesterday when I clicked this photograph… grapes = wine… but this little beauty is superb!
Anne and I attended the show today in Hagley Park – first by volunteering with Christian World Service for 4.5hrs and then having a good wander around. There were some great highlights, but this year’s show felt less than last year… less food, less quantity and quality exhibits, and less punters.
This collection of images were some photographic highlights for me…
here’s a grand recipe we love… we anticipate making 30kg of our homegrown tomatoes into soup this year!
1 cup sugar
1 dsp salt
1 tbs short grain rice
Mint or mint flakes
Chop tomatoes & onions
Add other ingredients
Bring to boil
Simmer until well-cooked
Puree the mixture (can wait until a bit cooler)
If want to dilute a bit water is useful
Freeze as much as want in containers
(a margarine container is just right for two adults – the children starve)