One of the reasons why Mr TS and I moved from the UK to New Zealand and chose to live in Carterton, a small rural town with a population of 4,000, was that we wanted to become part of and get involved in a community. This weekend I really felt that. Many of us from this tiny town were invited to show our work at the Greytown Arts Festival. The Art and Garden Trail was just a small part of what was on offer over the weekend. Nine houses opened up their homes and gardens to the public and hand-picked artists were assigned to each one. I was based at a wonderfully modern home called Westwood.

image: westwood

Here are a few photos that I took during the festival day when it didn’t rain!

image: janet green pottery

image: ramari textiles linen and silk dolls and screen printed pillow

images: a sean crawford sculpture

image: sculpture detail

image: wonderfully vintage gate in the grounds

image: gate detail

image: brett harman sculpture (would love to have this in my garden)

image: niko thomsen iron arch detail

image: further arch detail

It was such a great weekend, very much like a huge social event. I’m thrilled that I was able to be a part of it.

On Saturday evening, also as part of the festival, Mr Tread Softly and I went to see the Wellington Ukulele Orchestra. My Dad will chuckle at that as last night we had a ‘discussion’  via Skype, on how to spell the word Ukulele. He won! However, I’m still sure that it would look a lot more exotic spelt with an E! Have never been the greatest speller – I’ll be the first to admit that! |Thank goodness for spellcheck! To have a taste of the amazingness that is the Wellington Ukulele Orchestra, take a look at this You Tube clip.

Until next time..

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  1. Such lovely pictures, as always. Regarding ukulele, both spellings are acceptable:,,1319439,00.html

  2. Fabulous photos Alisons – I really enjoyed looking at them, my favourite being the vintage gate.

  3. Wonderful work!

  4. GeeB

     /  January 28, 2010

    Remember the copper pipe sculptures you and I made for the garden in Newick Rd?
    Eeeee, thems wus gorgis!

  5. with an “e”? where?

  6. Really appreciated this link Calypso. Thank you!

  7. The gate is your favourite? Now why doesn’t that surprise me! It’s a perfect gate isn’t it?

  8. I agree Carolyn. There are some incredible artists and makers here in Wairarapa, NZ.

  9. I have a vague memory but can’t quite remember their form. We had so much fun working on that place didn’t we?

  10. Would you believe Kat, at the beginning (as in ewe) !!! See, thw worst speller!!!

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