I had it all planned. I was going to be spring ready and hit the season with seed sowing, a lot of blogging and a bit of You Tube. It was going to be awesome, a new season of gardening all wrapped up with a social media bow. It was going to be great. But it has to wait, maybe next week, hopefully not the week after or I will be leaning towards spring starting with the equinox, but to be honest I don’t have the patience for a delayed season change.
So what got in the way of my spring extravaganza? Something way better! I spent all week preparing for the most fabulous book launch I have ever been to. I’ve only been to four – two for Hubby the Un-Gardener, but his are a bit businessy so while classy… well I’d better stop before I get into trouble. And my one for my first book The Good Life, which was a lovely garden party enjoyed by all our friends and family.
But this one had to be the best by far. My new book Play in the Garden is a kids book – well more accurately a family book and so what better way to launch it than with our local school. It was such an amazing night. The students greeted us and all our guests from the community with a moving powhiri. For those who don’t know what this is, it is a part of Māori protocol, is a ceremony of welcome involving speeches, dancing, singing and hongi. If you want to see a similar one, done by a different school for someone way more important than me, check out this You Tube link…. Our school is smaller – a lot smaller and the waiata (song) was different. But you get the feeling. It is such a wonderful part of our culture and we are blessed to have our kids raised to embrace Kiwi culture in its entirety.
Then we had games and prizes – awesome prizes donated by great companies and speeches and food and it was all fabulous. I am still buzzing with how incredibly wonderful the evening was.
Our school is a small rural school and would love a few extra kids to join the wonderful learning environment they have there. So as well as launching the book, we used it as an opportunity to let the wider community know what a great school there is in the corner of our local area. So what better way to do this than with national television!
We had a camera crew come and film me in my garden to talk about the book and my journey to get there, and then we went down to the school to film the kids doing some of the projects from the book. It was so cool to see everyone get behind the book. We have had a lot of rain recently and as our community is based on former swamp land it was quite muddy. But these are country kids and they were out there planting beans to grow up their bean teepees in bare feet with mud squelching up between their toes and they loved every minute of it. The cameraman from the city was mocked quite mercilessly as his gumboots had no mud on them at all.
If you are in New Zealand you should see the interview on Seven Sharp either this Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (8th, 9th or 10th September) – depending on what happens in the news, and as we are weeks away from an election… who knows.
So now the book has been launched in style and is available in all good bookstores in NZ and if you’re not then you can find it on Fishpond or .au.com for our Aussie friends, I can spend some well earned time in the garden….. well until the next camera crew….
Come again soon – we are in danger of starving – I must garden!
Sarah the Gardener : o )