Planting the shelter trees
Planting the shelter trees

This winter has been a real doozy: a big storm during which many trees fell over and several earthquakes – definitely the biggest and most frequent since my arriving in Wellington over 30 years ago.

In fact today – quite by chance- is also the anniversary of the opening of the Museum Shop which I set up and managed for seven years.

So it was a good day to go into the rain and start planting the trees for the St Martin’s Community Grove.

This was to have been part of the Village Plan which we have agreed on with the Porirua City Council – but it fell off their list, and so we picked it up. A much better plan.

We have used some of the money donated to us by the St Martin’s Church congregation. This small church in Porirua is now foundering due to reduction in numbers. So we are happy to have this grove outside the local school.

There was a great collection of people this morning – Richard with his chainsaw, Amone with his sharp and effective Tongan knife and several others who participated and contributed.

Next year we plant the fruit trees.

And this morning and last night people ring to see that we are ok – us single women in the district. Although maybe, just maybe, it’s us older women in the district. Am I nervous? No.

My worst feeling yesterday was of nausea as the building continued to sway. But it was good to have company last night.


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