WAGs Wanted…

Help – the garden is getting on top of us!

We could do with a couple of people to help us out by gardening (read: pulling out weeds) for 2-3 hours daily for a few days or so. Minimal gardening skills required! In exchange, the WAGs (Weeders and Gardeners) will stay in the backpackers’ lodge for nix – all bedding and towels provided, plus a continental breakfast.

beautiful blooming blossom blur

Photo by Leigh Patrick on Pexels.com

Why not incorporate the stay into your adventure along one of the top cycle trails in NZ – the renowned Central Otago Rail Trail? Check out some of the local attractions while you are here. It’s only a 200m walk for a pint at the local pub, or you can enjoy a pie while you step back in time at the historic store, then trundle down the road to the Hayes Engineering works and have a damn fine coffee at Hannah’s Café.

Of course, you can use this opportunity to just relax and do a spot of resting, reading, and sun-bathing. Not today though, since we have just had a fresh dusting of snow. Two days ago the temperature was 26 degrees C – today it has dropped to 2 degrees!

Anyhow, I digress. If a free holiday in exchange for a bit of garden work sounds like your thing, then drop us a line to see if we can come up with a cunning plan! Hmmm, “dropping a line” is a bit old-fashioned – not to mention slow.
Best to phone Bill on 021-366 012.

Blossom Festival a Great Success

The annual Alexandra Blossom Festival took place at the end of September, with record numbers of over 15,000 people coming along to enjoy the celebrations! There were great displays of floats, trucks, and classic cars to mark the arrival of Spring.

The weather was perfect, and the blossoms were magnificent. This is a unique event that has been celebrated for 63 years now to recognise not only the change of season, but also the importance of community spirit. Alexandra Primary School won the prestigious people’s choice category with its colourful “Jurassic Park” float.

blossom float

Photo credit: Gerard O’Brien (Otago Daily Times)

Now we are into the school holidays and generally warmer weather, the traffic on the Rail Trail is increasing.  Spring has sprung – but we are still getting the odd frost at night. The upside of a chilly night is that it is almost always followed by a glorious day with the hills still wearing a mantle of snow.