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Sunday, September 25, 2011

What’s to see in Ekatahuna?

Ekatahuna is a small town in northern Wairarapa – one of those places you usually drive through to get to wherever it is you are going.  Perhaps a quick stop at the public conveniences, or maybe to buy an ice-cream or cold drink to enjoy in the car as the journey continues.  The giant kiwi dressed in an All Black jersey welcomed visitors to his town.
DSCF7480 Welcome to Ekatahuna
We were in Ekatahuna to visit the Waieka Country Garden, a labour of love for Joy and Bruce Cole.  The garden started life as a small area of paddock back in 1981, and just kept growing and growing. It has evolved into seven “rooms”, that flow from one to another.  White doves cooed softly in the aviaries, not at all bothered as we peered through the netting at them.
DSCF7472   Doves in the aviary
Spring blossom adorned some of the trees, while others were heavily in bud.  Sunny yellow daffodils popped up here, there and everywhere throughout the different areas  of the garden.  It all looks quite different in summer we were told, when the bare branches are covered once more in many different shades of green.  
DSCF7477 Spring blossoms
Joy loves her garden but admits that the bad weather can ruin many a dream, with storms, heavy frosts, and strong winds taking their toll on her precious plants.  But she perseveres, and once the sun returns, is back out again, hard at work again.   She has planted a huge array of trees and shrubs, and has decorated the garden with all sorts of quirky ornaments.  Bruce enjoys working with his hands and constructed this shade house after being inspired by a trip to Europe.  There are seats inside, to sit quietly enjoying the filtered sunlight on a hot sunny day.
DSCF7479 One of the many garden features
We ate our picnic lunch on our hosts deck, all rugged up in jackets to keep warm.  Even though it was a sunny day, the wind had quite a bite to it.  Out came the sandwiches and thermos flasks, and I took along a home baked chocolate cake to share with everyone for afters.
 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Time for lunch
Another of Joy’s passion is her doll collection, all 2000 of them.  These are  beautifully displayed on shelves, in prams, and sitting in highchairs.  Most of the dolls have been purchased at markets as “pre-loved” and she enjoys dressing them in new outfits to suit each particular doll.
P9250236 Just a few of the 2000 dolls on show
P9250245Sets of twin dolls
P9250240 This one looks so life-like
So it just goes to show that you never know what delights are hiding in these small towns.  We enjoyed our visit to Waieka Country gardens, and the ladies in particular loved looking at the dolls.  There was plenty of remarks such as, “I used to have one of those”, and we wandered around the four rooms housing Joy’s expanding doll collection.

2 comments:

Katie said...

Wow. If I could get away with it I'd have a doll collection like that. :-) Wishful thinking of course.

fabriquefantastique said...

just thought I would let you know how much I enjoy your blog, I rarely miss a post. I'm not sure we have the same taste all the time, but I get a real sense of time and place ( and enjoyment) with you guys...i hope to be in NZ again next year, most likely renting a place in Nelson.