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Editor’s note In this month’s YOU we take a peek at pole dancing. While there is a bit of a s gma surrounding pole dancing, having been tradi onally used as part of a stripper’s act, the team at YOU Magazine have learned what an incredibly tough and disciplined sport it is, as well as being fun and a real art form. Pole dancing teacher Lesley Coﬀey said that a er the first class she ever went to, she went home and cried. It was hard and she couldn’t do any of the moves and, while she’s o en covered in bruises, it’s an addic ve sport and one that’s growing rapidly in popularity in Ashburton. Go the pole dancers I say, what a great way to build some muscle and lose some pounds. Cheers and thanks for reading this month’s YOU Magazine, we hope you enjoy it! Lisa Fenwick YOU editor
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Swinging around on a pole and hanging upside down by your ankles doesn’t look easy – and it isn’t. It’s an art and a great workout – as many Ashburton women are finding, thanks to Lesley Coffey. Erin Tasker reports.
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esley Coﬀey dances on a pole, but don’t go calling her a stripper. She’s not a stripper, and neither are the women she teaches pole dancing to every week at a studio in central Ashburton. Pole dancing is their sport, but they’re used to the odd raised eyebrow when they tell people they do pole dancing. Men on pole dancing and pictures of scan ly clad women swinging around poles in dark, dingy, sweaty clubs probably come to mind. But Lesley’s vision of pole dancing is much diﬀerent. She started Inverted Fitness, a pole fitness studio, in Ashburton almost two years ago and now runs a number of weekly classes which a ract women of all ages, shapes and sizes. They’re there to tone up, possibly shed a few pounds, and most of all, to have fun. Lesley knows all too well how many people view pole dancing, but she’s out to change their a tudes and show people it’s actually a great form of fitness, and a lot of fun too. “I used to live in the Hawke’s Bay. That’s where I first started it and I had to go up against a bit of ‘oh, you’re going to stripper classes’,” she said. A er her first class, she went home and cried. It was hard and she couldn’t do any of the moves. The next day she was so sore she could barely wash her hair. But she persevered and soon caught the pole dancing bug. It’s a tough sport. Spinning on a pole means
suppor ng your en re bodyweight through your wrists, and it can take weeks to learn and even longer to perfect. But once you do perfect a move, it’s worth it for the buzz you get, Lesley says. She’s usually covered in bruises – bruises she’s used to being asked about – but most people don’t expect the answer they get as to where they came from. Lesley’s a physiotherapist by day and she happily tells pa ents who ask that the bruises are from pole dancing and she’s never been
Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lesley found there was li le work for her at home as a physiotherapist. She was forced to make a living working in an oﬃce and doing childcare, before she decided she had to look further afield if she was to work as a physio – the job she’d wanted to do since she was a young girl. The longest me she’d ever spent away from home was two weeks, and the furthest she’d ever been from home was a holiday to Spain. So moving to New Zealand was a huge step for
I used to live in the Hawke’s Bay ... I had to go up against a bit of ‘oh, you’re going to stripper classes’
challenged on it; it even brings a smile to the face of many of her older pa ents. Over the past few months, pole fitness has grown in popularity in Ashburton. Lesley has had to add more classes and up her number of poles from five to eight. She’s even training some of her students to become teachers to ease her he y workload. There’s no oﬃcial qualifica on to become a pole dancing teacher in New Zealand, but Lesley has qualified through online lessons.
her, but one she’s never regre ed. A er a s nt in Havelock North, she landed a job in Ashburton. It’s now her home; a home she lives in with the husband she met here, and the pair’s two dogs, a chihuahua and a ro weiler. Her husband, Ra, sees her pole dancing as her sport and he has been instrumental behind the scenes, helping Lesley get Inverted Fitness oﬀ the ground. “I think he was a bit wary of it for a start be-
cause he didn’t want people to think his missus was a stripper,” she said. It is an a tude many people do take towards those who do pole dancing, but that doesn’t worry Lesley. It’s not just an Ashburton – or a small town – view; wherever you go there are people who looked down their noses at pole dancers, she said. “I just ignore them and say well if you s ll think that’s what pole fitness is about then that’s okay with me. “Any me anyone says anything I just tell them it’s just gymnas cs on a ver cal pole.” Learning the sport has given her a whole new respect for those who pole dance for a living though. “It’s not easy and they are doing it in a hot, sweaty club,” she said. Lesley said she’s cried a er moves and she and her students usually have bruises somewhere – mainly on inner arms, inner thighs or stomach. They’re not from falling – Lesley’s never had an injury caused by a fall from a pole on her watch (touch wood) – it’s simply from the pole. Working your way up, down and around a pole gave bruises that felt like Chinese burns at the me. Not pleasant, but worth it. One of Lesley’s biggest success stories so far is a woman who lost around 25kg, mainly thanks to pole dancing. Lesley herself managed to shed 10kg she put on during a trip home to Northern Ireland, in just six weeks. She’s a real woman, and so are her students.
Above – Lesley Coffey (top) and Lisa Roach execute some tandem moves on the pole. PHOTO TETSURO MITOMO 081013-TM-027
“We’re all normal-sized women here, there’s no skinny-Minnies,” she said. Some of her students love it so much, they’ve installed poles in their own homes. Lesley said some are in garages, some in spare rooms and there’s even one in a lounge – an interes ng conversa on starter when people come to visit. But for those who have them, they just become a piece of the furniture like any other. Seeing the commitment from her students, the joy they get when they achieve, and the confidence they gain as me goes on, is the best part for Lesley. “My buzz is from them. There is no be er feeling than when you see someone come out of their shell. “There’s mes I’ve gone home so happy that I’ve actually rung my parents, I’m just so happy.” The physical and mental changes are obvious in her students, she said. They become more confident in themselves and in no me they’re Googling pole dancing to check out some new moves, and wearing short shorts and li le singlets – o en rolled up to reveal their bellies – to classes. conƟnued over page
As well as classes, Lesley hosts pole dancing hen par es at her studio. Brides-to-be can go along, let their hair down, spin around a pole and have a great me with their friends. “We just do whatever. Some hens are so out there and they want to have real dirty stripper grinding on the pole stuﬀ, but others are more reserved.” Some students have come and gone; pole dancing’s not for everyone, Lesley said. But she now has a good, core group of students who love it and rarely miss a class. Asked what they think of the classes, her students give answers like “it’s my favourite me of the week”, and “it’s like a drug”. They love the class, and Lesley loves her girls. She said she’s made so many friends through teaching pole dancing. She doesn’t make a lot of money from it, she does it for the love of it. “I do it because I think everyone in the world should have a chance to do pole dancing, it’s just so addic ve.” Lesley said none of them are doing it with a dream of becoming strippers, they
Lesley Coffey shows the strength it takes to support your body weight with your wrists on a pole.
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7 just love the fun, the excitement and the fitness they get from it. They’d love to see a tudes towards pole dancing change, but they know some people will never change their thinking. “There will always be the odd person who just won’t be able to get their head around it,” Lesley said. But that didn’t worry her. To her, it’s a sport, and a sport there’s even been talk of one day making it to the Olympics, she said. It’s a sport that anyone, of any size or any age, could do. “I’m sure I’ll s ll be pole dancing when I’m old and wrinkly,” Lesley said.
Right – Lesley Coffey helps a pole dancing student with an upside-down move. Below – Lesley and her trusty mate Pippin show the class how it’s done.
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range of people, from social riders through to large numbers from Canterbury cycling clubs, including our local Tinwald Cycling Club. The 2014 race to be held on 1st March will be the 3rd Ride the Rakaia. “This year in April was the inaugural Muddy Good Run, which was physically demanding but so much fun. It was great to see the community really get behind this event and have a laugh while covered in mud. The second mud run is to be held on 20th October. “The next event on the cards is the CBD ^ƚĂŵƉĞĚĞ͘dŚĞĮƌƐƚƌĂĐĞŽĨŝƚƐŬŝŶĚ͕ŝƚǁŝůůďĞ held in Christchurch on January 5, 2014. It is an 8km run including an obstacle course, to take in the new and old sites of the Christchurch CBD. The obstacles include barriers, cones, busses, containers and more, to keep the race ŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƟŶŐ͘dŚĞ^ƚĂŵƉĞĚĞŝƐƐŚĂƉŝŶŐƵƉ ƚŽďĞĐŽŵĞĂŶĂƟŽŶĂůƐĞƌŝĞƐ͕ǁŝƚŚƚŚĞƵŶĞĚŝŶ ĐŽŵƉĞƟƟŽŶƚĂŬŝŶŐƉůĂĐĞŽŶ&ĞďƌƵĂƌǇϮϯ͕ϮϬϭϰ͕ hopefully followed by Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland. “These events are run as a family, with our daughters also playing a part in the
ŽƌŐĂŶŝƐĂƟŽŶĂŶĚƌƵŶŶŝŶŐŽĨƚŚĞŵ͘/ƚ͛ƐĂŶ ŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƚǇƚŽƉƌŽǀŝĚĞĞǆĐŝƟŶŐĞǀĞŶƚƐĨŽƌƚŚĞ ĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚǇ͕ǁŚŝůĞĂƚƚŚĞƐĂŵĞƟŵĞƌĞƚƵƌŶŝŶŐ thousands of dollars back into the community each year, which we are thrilled to be able to do,” Carol said. ĂƌŽůĂŶĚ:ŽŚŶ͛ƐĚĂƵŐŚƚĞƌƐ:ĞƐƐĂŶĚŵŝůǇĂƌĞ involved with the running of these community events, while both leading busy lives of their own. Jess is in her last year of studying at ĂŶƚĞƌďƵƌǇhŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚǇ͕ǁŚŝůĞŝŶŚĞƌƐƉĂƌĞƟŵĞ ƐŚĞǁŽƌŬƐĂƚƚŚĞŽŶĮŐƵƌĞǆƉƌĞƐƐĨƌĂŶĐŚŝƐĞŝŶ Riccarton and also takes Zumba classes. ŵŝůǇŝƐŝŶŚĞƌůĂƐƚǇĞĂƌĂƚƐŚďƵƌƚŽŶŽůůĞŐĞ͕ ĂŶĚŝƐĞǆƚƌĞŵĞůǇĐƌĞĂƟǀĞ͕ǁŝƚŚĂŇĂŝƌĨŽƌŶĂŝů art, and a passion for photography and graphic designing. ĂƌŽů͛ƐŚƵƐďĂŶĚ:ŽŚŶŝƐƚŚĞƐŚďƵƌƚŽŶƌĂŶĐŚ Manager for NBS, so between raising teenage daughters, running a host of community events and managing successful businesses, it may surprise you to learn that Carol donates much ŽĨŚĞƌƟŵĞƚŽŚĞůƉŝŶŐĂƌĂŶŐĞŽĨŶŽƚͲĨŽƌƉƌŽĮƚ ĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚǇŽƌŐĂŶŝƐĂƟŽŶƐ͘
tŚĞŶĂƌŽů͛ƐĚĂƵŐŚƚĞƌƐǁĞƌĞǇŽƵŶŐ͕ƐŚĞ helped out where she could. She started on the ĐŽŵŵŝƩĞĞŽĨƚŚĞƐŚďƵƌƚŽŶdŽǇ>ŝďƌĂƌǇĂŶĚ then became president. When her daughters outgrew the toy library she stepped down to ƌĞƟƌĞ͕ďƵƚǁĂƐƚŚĞŶĂƐŬĞĚƚŽŐŽŽŶƚŚĞƐĐŚŽŽů Wd͕ŵĂŬŝŶŐƌĞƟƌĞŵĞŶƚǀĞƌǇƐŚŽƌƚͲůŝǀĞĚ͘ ,ĞƌŚƵƐďĂŶĚ:ŽŚŶǁĂƐĂƚƌƵƐƚĞĞŝŶƚŚĞDŝĚͲ ^ŽƵƚŚĂŶƚĞƌďƵƌǇ>ŝĨĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶdƌƵƐƚĂŶĚƚŚĞǇ required a treasurer, so Carol accepted the ƉŽƐŝƟŽŶǁŚŝĐŚůĂƐƚĞĚĨŽƌĮǀĞǇĞĂƌƐ͘ When her daughter Jess was six, her Pippin leader was leaving and Carol was asked to lead the Pippins. Carol herself had been a Brownie and a Girl Guide, and her daughters also followed in mums footsteps. 15 years later Carol has led Pippins, Brownies and Guides while also becoming a treasurer and then regional administrator for the South Canterbury region. It is a role she will be relinquishing at the end of the year, with sadness as she has met many wonderful ladies through the guiding system. Carol has also been the treasurer for the Ashburton Red Cross for nearly 10 years.
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fully understand how hard it processed nasty in the superis to feed a family nowadays. market, like processed chicken There are certainly mes and cheap museli bars, but they when the cat and dogs eat can’t aﬀord some mince or vegmore expensive food than the etables and fruit in season. humans do in my house. Vegetables and fruit in season And there are weeks where can be just as cheap as prothe bills mean I have to be really cessed foods, so is it price that careful what I buy at the grocery keeps the bad carbs coming, is it store. ignorance? Or is it laziness? It’s not just the fact that dairy Every situa on is diﬀerent, and meat are horrendous pricbut to buy fizzy because milk MUM ON THE RUN es, or that our rates have shot is too expensive is ridiculous. BY LISA FENWICK up higher than my incredulous Here’s a p, water is s ll free in eyebrows, or that insurance has this country. If your child has a skyrocketed, it seems that everything is just get- paddy because there’s no carbonated sugar, ng more expensive and wages aren’t keeping too bad, they’ll drink water when they get up with the neverending increases. thirsty. I know that there are people out there comThere is no nutri onal value in fizzy, it’s not a pletely on the breadline and I consider myself food group, it’s for special occasions. I buy milk, lucky that most of the me I can feed my but it’s only for coﬀee and boy teenrager’s masteenragers good food. sive Weetbix breakfast. I don’t let them drink But you know what? In between jobs when cups of milk because it is that expensive. I also I was on the DPB - which I also considered buy bacon, not the healthiest I know, but if I myself lucky to receive - I s ll managed to feed buy a kilogram on special and split it up into lots my children well. of two to four pieces and freeze them, it helps I am amazed at the reasoning behind why flavour many a meal. some parents say they can only aﬀord chips In fact I never buy meat that’s not on special and fizzy and every other piece of cheap and I can do six million things with mince. I al-
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Do you have tasty, healthy recipes you use when you’re ge ng low on supplies and haven’t got the money or me to stock up? If so please share them with our readers! email firstname.lastname@example.org, write to Lisa Fenwick, PO Box 77 or just drop it into our Burne Street oﬃce. Maybe, as a community, we can help towards making a healthier future for our children. Share your ideas and let’s help our kids eat well. ways have frozen veges on hand for the nights I’m running low on me and want a quick fix of veges. I have pumpkins si ng in the ra ers of my garage (staying nice and cold) from last season’s crop that just appeared. I must’ve accidentally missed the compost bin and ended up with a huge crop of pumpkins. I s ll have a very basic, old-fashioned tomato soup in my freezer from my own massive crop of cherry tomatoes. It wasn’t even much eﬀort, the tomato plants grew despite me. If you have a few square metres of soil at your place, you have room to grow some veges. Trial and error does it and there’s also Hand Over a Hundy which will not only finance your first foray into vege gardening, but will help you along with support and advice. You can buy chicken carcasses for next to
nothing at the supermarket which can be the base for a wholesome tasty soup with some cheap seasonal veges. My friend makes a lot of dahl, which is basically len ls, but man it can taste so good and costs virtually nothing to make. There are a million ways I can make cheap and wholesome food when mes are ght. There is no excuse for constant takeaways and bad food, with some forward planning and some me and eﬀort, decent meals can be made for very li le money. In fact, how do people aﬀord takeaways several mes a week? I can feed my family healthy meals way cheaper than it costs us to get takeaways. Perhaps, along with Hand over a Hundy, we need a basic 101 course in making healthy food out of “spare” change.
orget expensive spas and yoga holidays. Now and then itâ€™s the simple things in life that make all the diďŹ€erence. Here are 10 cheap, cheerful and easy ways to boost your spirits
1 â€“ CRANK UP THE MUSIC We donâ€™t need scien fic proof to convince us of the inspiring powers of music but, in case youâ€™re wondering, scien fic proof does exist. A University of Missouri study in the US found that listening to upli ing music boosts mood. So put on feel-good music, turn oďŹ€ the TV, forget about everything else and really absorb it. It works even be er if you dance around the room too.
2 â€“ GO FOR A WALK Itâ€™s free, you can do it anywhere and it can be as strenuous or relaxing as you want it to be â€“ the benefits of a good stroll are certainly endless. â€œWalking has been shown to improve self-esteem, relieve depression, anxiety and improve mood,â€? says Amanda Godsell, a fitness instructor who trains walk leaders for Walking for Health, a UK-wide group scheme led by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support.
3 â€“ CATCH UP WITH A FRIEND When it comes to feeling happy, studies have found that people who regularly catch up with a close friend are happier than those who focus more on â€œbiggerâ€? rewards, such as expensive holidays. Indeed, li le regular boosts can be more beneficial than skipping the small pleasures to save up for that latest flat-screen TV or shiny car. Interac on with friends is especially important as we get older. Research by the University of Greenwich in 2010 found that a strong social network was crucial to pensionersâ€™ life sa sfacon.
4 â€“ WRITE A LETTER â€œHandwri ng le ers is done so rarely these
days that when people do it, it feels quite momentous,â€? says John Oâ€™Connell, author of For The Love Of Le ers: The Joy Of Slow Communica on. Email and mobile phones have made instant communica on easy, but it lacks the meaning of an old-fashioned le er. Si ng to write enables you to focus your thoughts and reflect on whatâ€™s going on in your world.
5 â€“ WEAR BRIGHTS Have you ever stopped to wonder why going for a stroll on a bright summerâ€™s day, when all the flowers are in bloom, really li s the spirits, while stepping out on a gloomy, grey day has the opposite eďŹ€ect? Our moods respond to brightness and colour, and this is something fashion stylists have been using to their advantage for years. So, for an instant mood-boost, throw on some colour. If wearing too much sounds daun ng, start with just a splash â€“ a bright scarf or sweater, perhaps.
6 â€“ BROWSE OLD PHOTOS Why not dust oďŹ€ those old photo albums and indulge in the memories whether itâ€™s a wedding or a holiday when the children were young? A dose of nostalgia can be comfor ng and reviving. â€œReminiscing is a wonderful way to enhance your feelings of wellbeing,â€? says Dr Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a psychology professor at the University of Massachuse s, who blogs about fulfilment during lifeâ€™s later years (www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age).
7 â€“ REACH FOR THE TROWEL This year, a survey by Gardenersâ€™ World magazine revealed that 90 per cent of gardeners believe their hobby boosts their mood. People who regularly gardened were less likely to report feeling unhappy or depressed, too.
8 â€“ DO A GOOD DEED â€œCaring about others is fundamental to our
happiness,â€? says Dr Mark Williamson, of the Acon for Happiness movement, which promotes happiness through all sorts of ways, including bringing people together and encouraging people to be more giving. â€œHelping others is not only good for them and a great thing to do generally, it makes us happier and healthier. Opportuni es to show kindness are everywhere and when we take them we find life to be so much more meaningful and rewarding.â€?
9 â€“ PICK UP A BOOK A good book can stay with you for years and, in the short-term, reading can also have happiness-boos ng powers. As one benefit, it requires you to find peace and quiet and switch oďŹ€ from â€œnormalâ€? life, and this in itself is relaxing and stress-relieving. â€œWe think reading has some really powerful
benefits, and health and wellbeing is one of these,â€? says Debbie Hicks, The Reading Agency charityâ€™s director of research. â€œYou can escape with a book. It takes you away from your surroundings, oďŹ€ into another world. Itâ€™s almost like going on holiday.â€?
10 â€“ GET BAKING Baking has enjoyed a revival in recent years, with the success of shows like The Great British Bake OďŹ€, and no wonder â€“ itâ€™s one of lifeâ€™s real simple pleasures. Keen bakers rave about the therapeu c quali es of retrea ng to the kitchen for a few hours. All the mixing and kneading requires a degree of eďŹ€ort, and ge ng stuck in can be a great tension-releaser. Then thereâ€™s the upli ing magic of delicious aromas wa ing through the house â€“ and then, finally, you have a tasty treat to enjoy. â€“ AAP
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Ashburton artist Heather Sarin is not new to the art world, but a recent trip to Italy for an art festival was not only a new experience, but opened many new doors for the artist. Reporter Gabrielle Stuart spoke to her about her trip.
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r st Heather Sarin is one of the unique breed of people who see the extraordinary in everything. It comes out in her art, vibrant pieces that make the simple incredible. In the quiet community of Ashburton she finds enough colour and inspira on to light up her eyes and leave her struggling for words to describe it all. Ask her to sum up the three weeks she spent wandering the streets of Italy at the Biennale of Chianciano art fes val, and all she can do is clasp her hands and glow. The trip was a three-week riot of new experi-
ences as Heather met and befriended both faces of the interna onal art world and simple Italian townspeople. “In the smaller towns in Italy it s ll feels like stepping back in me. They’re warm, lovely people and the atmosphere is simply incredible.” It sounds like a once-in-a-life me opportunity, but for the Dunedin-born ar st it was very much a business trip; one opportunity that she could develop into much more than a one- me experience. Once the fes val kicked oﬀ, thousands of people descended on the small Italian town each
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r and warmth of day to view the 400 pieces of contemporary abstract artwork gathered in the Art Museum of Chianciano and chat to the ar sts. There were art collectors, gallery curators, writers for art publica ons, fes val organisers and plenty of the most influen al names in the art world. It was a prime opportunity to make friends who could teleport her to very high places, but ge ng to the top has never been Heather’s goal. Amongst all these big names were some of her peers, 120 incredible ar sts who had been hand-picked from across the world for their
work and crea vity. y. For Heather, being ng able to meet them herself wasn’t enough. She he spent hours speaking to them about their work, their inspira on and their prac cal techniques, hniques, recording it all to bring home and share hare with her students and the local community. “There was a story behind each piece of art, and they were all so diﬀerent. There were several ar sts from Scandinavia that I admired, and the work they were doing was diﬀerent to anything I’ve seen in New Zealand. As an ar st it wasn’t the art that inspired me, it was people’s stories.”
And stepping away from the museum and galleries, she found plenty of inspira on in the community. “It was the warmth, the outdoor atmosphere and the cobble streets that had been walked feet. Europe by thousands and thousands of feet is so ancient, and there’s that juxtaposi on of progress and strong tradi ons. “In modern, upmarket cafes the walls are lined with Italian trinkets, and people stand in the ancient piazzas on their mobile phones.” In Chianciano she discovered a community that wasn’t shy about ‘le ng it all hang out’ at the local spas, where every shop was closed
was a for a siesta in the tth he h e a er eernoon rno rn oon and dinner wa required courses. meal that re equ quired q u fo ffour ou o u ur hours and five cou night whole Every nig igh gh ht the who wh w hole h o community would for Piazza, gather fo o music or sicc u under the stars at the Pia dance where even ven no old men would get up and da Sinatra’, with confidence confidence and sk skill. ‘like Frank Sinatra’ It was a culture Heather immediately loved, and she was ready to give anything a try. “They drink coﬀees so strong you can stand the spoon up in them, and five or six of them in a morning. I gave it a try but a er four I was absolutely wired, and they told me no more!” conƟnued over page
Above and below – Some of the artwork on display at the Art Museum of Chianciano. Right – Among the art world personalities Heather met at the festival was former New York Times photographer Lonnie Schlein, who is now photography director at both the Chianciano and London Biennales. Far right – The festival gave Heather the opportunity to not only share the thoughts behind her own work, but to discuss work and ideas with plenty of other artists from around the world.
The whole community had a love for beauty that resonated with the ar st, with art hanging in every shop and every home, and each day was viewed as an occasion worthy of wearing jewellery and bright clothing. But although a er three weeks Italy felt like home, coming back to Ashburton was quietly sa sfying. “From the moment I stepped oﬀ the plane the air just felt fresh and clean. “That freshness is part of what makes my art what it is, and there is no way I could have
created what I’m doing here anywhere else in the world.” But that doesn’t mean she will be allowed to se le back in Ashburton. Since the invita on to the Biennale, she has already received invita ons to exhibit in London, Miami and, most recently, New York. With the next Biennale two years away, it’s too early to say if she will be back, but she’s hopeful. “My work was really well received, so it’s on the cards, put it that way.”
Heather’s top 10 Biennale of Chianciano highlights: 1 – The Italian people: Their vibrancy and warmth. 2 – Chianciano: The place was incredibly beau ful. 3 – The history: They have such a wealth of history, and a deep respect for tradi on there. 4 – The coﬀee shops: ust having a communal place to meet in the evenings. 5 – Dancing in the Piazza: I wish we could get our oldies out dancing every night in Ashburton. 6 – Mee ng the Gagliardi family (owners and curators of the Chianciano Art Museum): they give so much to the community, and without them none of it would have been possible.
7 – Mee ng Lonnie Schlein (a Biennale director and former photographer for the New York Times): he is so knowledgeable about the art world, and fascina ng to talk to. 8 – The art itself: it was amazing just to be surrounded by so much good contemporary art. 9 – The ar sts’ passion: I loved hearing what they had to say about their work. 10 – The culture: For the people everything is an event. They’re always dressed beau fully, with beau ful belongings and beau ful homes.
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It’s not too hard to you magazine BRANCH MANAGER BY JOHN MOORE
“I’ve been with my Bank for years”. “It’s just too hard to change”. “The Bank has changed and I don’t ŬŶŽǁĂŶǇŽĨƚŚĞƐƚĂīĂŶǇŵŽƌĞ͘͟ “They charge me for every single thing I do”. /ŚĞĂƌƚŚĞƐĞƐƚĂƚĞŵĞŶƚƐĂůůƚŚĞƟŵĞĨƌŽŵƉĞŽƉůĞ on the street in some form or another. The most common comment is “It’s just too hard to change” The truth is, its not too hard to change ĨƌŽŵǇŽƵƌĞǆŝƐƟŶŐďĂŶŬ͘ tĞŽŌĞŶŚĞĂƌĂĚǀĞƌƟƐĞŵĞŶƚƐŽŶƚŚĞƌĂĚŝŽ
ŽƌƚĞůĞǀŝƐŝŽŶƚŚĂƚƉĞŽƉůĞǁŝůůĐŚĂŶŐĞƚŚĞŝƌ ŚĂŝƌĚƌĞƐƐĞƌŽƌĐŽīĞĞƐŚŽƉŝĨƚŚĞƉƌŝĐĞŝŶĐƌĞĂƐĞƐ ďǇΨϱĨŽƌĂŚĂŝƌĐƵƚŽƌΨϱϬĐĞŶƚƐĨŽƌĂĐŽīĞĞ͘Ƶƚ do we, as human beings change when we don’t ŐĞƚƚŚĞƐĞƌǀŝĐĞǁĞǁĂŶƚŽƌƚŚĞƉƌŝĐĞǁĞǁĂŶƚ͍
/Ĩ/ƐĂŝĚƚŽĂůůƌĞĂĚĞƌƐŽĨƚŚŝƐĂƌƟĐůĞŝĨǇŽƵĐŽŵĞ to me I’ll give you FEE FREE BANKING and take care of all the changeover from your bank, you ǁŽƵůĚĞǆƉĞĐƚĞǀĞƌǇƌĞĂĚĞƌƚŽƚĂŬĞƵƉƚŚŝƐŽīĞƌŝĨ ƚŚĞǇĚŽŶ͛ƚĂůƌĞĂĚǇŚĂǀĞŝƚŝŶƉůĂĐĞ͘ĂƐĞĚŽŶƚŚŝƐ ƚŚĞŽƌǇ͕ƚŚĞƐŚďƵƌƚŽŶ'ƵĂƌĚŝĂŶƌĞĂĚĞƌƐŚŝƉŽĨ ƵƉϭϮ͕ϬϬϬƌĞĂĚĞƌƐŽŶĂ^ĂƚƵƌĚĂǇ/ƐŚŽƵůĚƌĞĐĞŝǀĞ ƵƉƚŽϭϮ͕ϬϬϬŶĞǁĐƵƐƚŽŵĞƌĞŶƋƵŝƌŝĞƐŶĞǆƚ week. Which I look forward to. /ƐƉŽŬĞǁŝƚŚĂĨŽƌŵĞƌĐůŝĞŶƚŽĨŵŝŶĞƌĞĐĞŶƚůǇĂŶĚ his father took him to the building society to ĂƌƌĂŶŐĞŚŝƐďĂŶŬŝŶŐǁŚĞŶŚĞǁĂƐũƵƐƚϭϱǇĞĂƌƐ ŽĨĂŐĞ͘,ĞƌĞŵĂŝŶƐďĂŶŬŝŶŐǁŝƚŚƚŚĂƚƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌ ŝŶƐƟƚƵƟŽŶƚŽĚĂǇ;ϱϬǇĞĂƌƐŽŶͿ͕ŶŽƚďĞĐĂƵƐĞŚĞŝƐ ŽǀĞƌǁŚĞůŵĞĚďǇƚŚĞŝƌƉƌŽĚƵĐƚƐŽƌƐĞƌǀŝĐĞ͕ďƵƚ ƐŝŵƉůǇďĞĐĂƵƐĞ͞/ƚ͛ƐũƵƐƚƚŽŽŚĂƌĚƚŽĐŚĂŶŐĞ͘͟ dŚŝƐƐƚŽƌǇŝƐŶŽƚƵŶĐŽŵŵŽŶ͘KŌĞŶĐůŝĞŶƚƐďĂŶŬ ĂƚĂƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌĮŶĂŶĐŝĂůŝŶƐƟƚƵƟŽŶďĞĐĂƵƐĞŝƚŚĂƐ been their family bank. You must remember the banks have driven us all away from their branch network in recent years ďǇŵĂŬŝŶŐŝƚĐŚĞĂƉĞƌƚŽƉĞƌĨŽƌŵƚƌĂŶƐĂĐƟŽŶƐ electronically. Now we see some banks trying ƚŽĂƩƌĂĐƚƉĞŽƉůĞďĂĐŬŝŶƚŽƚŚĞďƌĂŶĐŚĞƐ͕ǁŚĞƌĞ ǇŽƵĐĂŶĞǀĞŶŐĞƚĂĐŽīĞĞŽƌŚŽƚĐŚŽĐŽůĂƚĞǁŚŝůĞ
ĂĐŬƚŽƚŚĞƉƌŝŵĂƌǇƌĞĂƐŽŶĐƵƐƚŽŵĞƌƐ won’t change banks, “Its just too hard to ĐŚĂŶŐĞ͘͟tĞůůŝƚŝƐŶ͛ƚƌĞĂůůǇ͘E^ŵĂŬĞŝƚ ƐŝŵƉůĞǁŝƚŚĂĂŶŬƐǁŝƚĐŚĨŽƌŵǁĞƐĞŶĚƚŽ your current bank to get all Direct Debits and AP’s transferred over. We can even ĐŚĂŶŐĞǇŽƵƌ/ŶƚĞƌŶĞƚĂŶŬŝŶŐƉĂǇŵĞŶƚƐ;ŝĨ ǇŽƵƉƌŽǀŝĚĞĂĐŽƉǇͿ͘tĞǁĂŶƚƚŽŵĂŬĞŝƚĂƐ ĞĂƐǇĂƐǁĞĐĂŶĨŽƌǇŽƵĂŶĚƉƌŽǀĞƚŚĂƚŝƚƐŶŽƚ too hard to change. E^ŝƐƉƌŽƵĚůǇƐƵƉƉŽƌƟŶŐŽƵƌŐƌĞĂƚůŽĐĂů community through numerous ƐƉŽŶƐŽƌƐŚŝƉƐŽĨƐƉŽƌƟŶŐĂŶĚ ĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚǇŐƌŽƵƉƐ͘E^ is delighted to announce ŽƵƌůĂƚĞƐƚƐƉŽŶƐŽƌƐŚŝƉ ͞dŚĞƐŚďƵƌƚŽŶ^ĂŶƚĂ WĂƌĂĚĞ͘͟tĞ͛ƌĞƉĂƌƚŽĨ your community, just like you. dŽƚŚĞϭϮ͕ϬϬϬŶĞǁ customers coming in next week for our FEE FREE BANKING ƉĂĐŬĂŐĞ͕ǁĞůŽŽŬ forward to seeing you all and it’s not too hard to change.
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arob is made from the roasted and ground pods of the evergreen carob tree, na ve to the Middle East. Carob is o en seen as a healthier alterna ve to chocolate because carob tastes similar to chocolate but is free from caﬀeine and other s mulants and ground carob seeds contain only half the fat of cocoa (be warned though, there’s a lot of sugar in the brownie recipe below… but it is very rich so you certainly don’t need a lot of it). Carob can be subs tuted for cocoa powder in any recipe. These rich carob powder brownies are really quick and easy to prepare and most certainly aim to please. When you first taste it it’s a bit of a surprise because I think your brain is expec ng to taste chocolate and it doesn’t taste quite the same. But you soon adjust to the gorgeous, gooey richness of it.
When chocolate just won’t do
FOR FOODIES BY MARG BROWNLIE
For a big delight in every bite pop into Simpli food today to purchase your Carob Powder “ If we don’t have it, we may be able to get it”
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Come into Simplifood to purchase your Carob Powder
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Carob and raspberry brownie 140g unsalted bu er 1c sugar 1/2 c packed light brown sugar 3/4 c plus 2T carob powder 1/2 tsp salt 1t vanilla extract 2 large eggs 1/2 c flour 1 c frozen raspberries
– Pre-heat oven to 160°C. Line an 20cm square baking dish with baking paper, leaving enough overhang to pull the brownies out later. – In a large microwave safe bowl, combine bu er, sugars, carob powder and salt. Microwave in 30-second increments, s rring in between un l the bu er is melted and the ingredients are well incorporated. Allow to cool for 5 mins, then add vanilla and s r. Add eggs one at a me, s rring in between un l fully incorporated. Add flour and s r un l just combined. Fold in raspberries gently. Do not overmix. – Pour ba er into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 mins. These are best served warm out of the oven but may be stored in an air ght container at room temperature for up to four days.
Carob banana cake with walnuts 100g bu er 2/3 c honey 2 eggs 1 ripe banana, mashed 1 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 c water 1 c flour 1/3 c carob powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp sea salt 1 c pecans or walnuts chopped (op onal) Icing 1/4 c bu er 1 c dry milk powder 1/4 c carob powder 1/4 c water 1 tsp vanilla extract
– Pre-heat oven to 350 F (175 C). Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan. – Si together the flour, 1?3 c csrob powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. – In a large bowl, cream together the bu er and honey un l light and fluﬀy. Beat in the eggs one at a me, then s r in the banana and vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alterna vely with the 3/4 c water. S r in the nuts then pour ba er into prepared n. – Bake in pre-heated oven for 35-40 mins or un l cooked. Allow to cool. – To make fros ng, in a large bowl, cream the 1/4 c bu er and 1/3 c honey un l smooth. Blend in the milk powder, carob powder, 1/4 c water and 1 tsp vanilla. Beat un l smooth and spread on cooked cake.
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YOU St Paul’s Christmas Extravaganza
What started as something small..
hen members of the St Paul’s Presbyterian Church of Ashburton began planning their Christmas fundraising event it is fair to say no-one expected things to turn into what they have. &ƌŽŵĂŚƌŝƐƚŵĂƐĚĞĐŽƌĂƟŽŶƚŽƵƌƚŽĂŐĂƌĚĞŶ ǁĂůŬƚŚĞƌĞǁĞƌĞŵĂŶǇŐŽŽĚŝĚĞĂƐŇŽǁŝŶŐ between members. What has emerged is a ĐƵůŵŝŶĂƟŽŶŽĨŝĚĞĂƐƚŚĂƚŶŽƚŽŶůǇƉƌŽǀŝĚĞƐ ĞƐƐĞŶƟĂůĨƵŶĚƌĂŝƐŝŶŐƌĞǀĞŶƵĞĨŽƌƚŚĞĐŚƵƌĐŚ ďƵƚĂůƐŽĂŶĞǆĐŝƟŶŐĞǀĞŶƚĨŽƌƚŚĞĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚǇƚŽ enjoy. On November 23 and 24 St Paul’s Church invites ǇŽƵƚŽĂƩĞŶĚƚŚĞŝƌŚƌŝƐƚŵĂƐǆƚƌĂǀĂŐĂŶǌĂ͊ tour of 21 Ashburton homes and gardens all ĐĞůĞďƌĂƟŶŐŚƌŝƐƚŵĂƐŝŶĂŶŝŶĚŝǀŝĚƵĂůǁĂǇŽŶůǇ ƚŚĞǇŬŶŽǁŚŽǁ͘&ƌŽŵƚŚĞŚƵŵďůĞƚŽǁŶƐĞĐƟŽŶ ƚŽĂϭϭϰǇĞĂƌŽůĚĐŽƩĂŐĞƚŽĨŽƵƌĂĐƌĞƐĞĐƟŽŶ ŽĨŇŽƌĂůĚĞůŝŐŚƚ͘dŚĞŚƌŝƐƚŵĂƐǆƚƌĂǀĂŐĂŶǌĂŝƐ
an unique opportunity to view a huge range of expertly executed homes and gardens. Jenny Marks, a St Paul’s member for 56 years, tells how the church has been blown away by the generosity of not only members of the church but the community as well. Giving ƵƉƚŚĞŝƌƟŵĞĂŶĚůĞƫŶŐƉĞŽƉůĞŝŶƚŽƚŚĞŝƌ ŚŽŵĞƐĂŶĚŐĂƌĚĞŶƐĨŽƌƚŚŝƐĨĂŶƚĂƐƟĐĐĂƵƐĞ is a testament to the spirit of the Ashburton community. /ƚǁŝůůŶŽƚŽŶůǇďĞŐĂƌĚĞŶƐŽŶĚŝƐƉůĂǇ͕ďƵƚĐƌĂŌƐ͕ stalls and an array of displays. Come along and enjoy Devonshire teas at Grahams and Racecourse Roads, plants at Cameron Street, ŚĂŶĚͲĐƌĂŌĞĚŐŝƌůƐ͛ĚƌĞƐƐĞƐĂƚƌĞĞŬZŽĂĚ͕ĂƌƚĂƚ Racecourse Road and much more. dŝĐŬĞƚƐĂƌĞůŝŵŝƚĞĚĂŶĚΨϮϬĞĂĐŚƐŽĐŽŵĞĂůŽŶŐ ĂŶĚĞŶũŽǇĂƵŶŝƋƵĞŚƌŝƐƚŵĂƐǆƚƌĂǀĂŐĂŶǌĂ ĨƌŽŵϭϬĂŵƚŽϱƉŵĞĂĐŚĚĂǇ͘
Christmas Extravaganza Come along and veiw our Christmas themed homes and gardens. Gardens of all shapes and p sizes and several that have never been opened to the public before!
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Craft/Stalls/Displays Sttalls/Displlays ~ Food and Entertainment Stalls/Displays Ente 23 and 24 November 2013 ~ 10.00 10.00am 0a to 5.00pm both days A St Paul’s Church, Ashburton fundraiser. Tickets available from October 1st
$20pp from ticket outlets: No 1 shoes, Tancred Street - Paul Wylie Cyclerama Ltd, Burnett Street - Taste Cafe, East Street - The Green grocer, Archibald Street, Tinwald - Allenton Florists, Harrison Street - Malcolm Lovett Autos, Cass Street or P.O Box 183, Ashburton
Contact: Jenny Phone: 03 308 9796 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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our garden will be growing rapidly now the soil has warmed up, and plants will be hungry. Feed them with compost and liquid fer liser – both of which are cheap and easy to make. Turn kitchen and garden waste into compost using a variety of methods – pre-formed plas c bins, homemade bins, by digging a trench in your garden, or simply by raking up those autumn leaves and leaving them in a pile to rot down over winter. Enclosed bins are handy if you have pets and birds in your garden; finding yesterday’s household scraps sca ered around is unappealing, and defeats the purpose. But bins, unless they are of the large rolling variety, can’t cope with lawn clippings or large amounts of garden waste. I like to have two methods on the go for this reason, one for the household waste – food, peelings, coﬀee grinds – almost anything that will break down goes in, and larger home-built bins for the bulkier stuﬀ. And I choose to keep it simple – I have neither the me nor the inclina on to create compost lasagnas with complicated layering processes, although I concede this probably produces more consistent results. However, start with a base of straw, twigs or bark to let air in at the base. Turning the mix in the bulk bins occasionally aerates the compost, helping to break it down faster. Covering open bins with old sacks or horse covers helps heat the mixture and speeds up the process. In about three months you should have crumbly delicious compost. While this is best dug in in the winter months, it also works well
Your garden likes nothing better than being fed with a good compost.
as a nourishing mulch, preserving soil moisture during the hot summer months. Liquid fer liser is also easy to make. I use a bag of horse poo, but cow pats would work too. I avoid manure from animals which have been recently wormed, because it can kill earthworms. Hang the bag in a drum of water and leave it to soak. Seaweed also makes a good garden brew – just throw it in a drum of water and let it seep. A combina on of manure and seaweed can be manufactured in one drum, depending on your preference. Ini ally the brew may need dilu ng before applying it to the soil around your plants, but I keep topping the drums up and later in the season it should be fine to add directly. Remember happy, healthy plants resist disease and insects be er.
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YOU and your gardens
Compost know-how – To work properly, your compost heap should be at least 1m high x 1m wide x 1m deep. – Start with a layer of coarsely chopped twiggy woody material on bare soil or grass. – Add alternate layers of green ma er (nitrogen rich) and brown ma er (carbon rich) preferably in layers no more than 5-10cm deep. – Limit all materials, including grass clippings, to thin layers. – If you can’t be bothered layering, just make sure there is a mixture of green and brown ma er. – Avoid cat/ dog/ human faeces, meat, fish, bones, oil and invasive weeds. – Smaller pieces make quicker compost – for quick compost, fibrous materials should be no bigger than the thickness of your finger (2cm). – When adding food scraps, it’s especially useful to add an equal quan ty of brown material on top such as dry leaves to reduce odours. – The heap should have a cover, eg, plas c lid, underfelt, tarpaulin. – Be aware that it is diﬃcult to manage rodents if a compost heap is used. Rodents can be kept out by cu ng out a piece of chicken wire larger than the bin base. Place it underneath the bin on the soil and fold the edges 10cm up the sides of the bin. – Once an open heap is 1 metre in height, you should finish it by turning it with a pitchfork and mixing it up every week or two. – Either use a new bin for the new heap, or use your original bin and just keep the old heap covered with underfelt, tarpaulin or something similar. – Compost is ready when it becomes a sweet, dark, crumbly material and you cannot dis nguish the original materials in it. – If compost is well maintained and turned o en it can be ready in as li le as 6-8 weeks. If it is never turned, it will be ready in 12-18 months. – When it’s ready, put it on to the soil or dig it into your garden. You can also use it for pot plants and for po ng up seedlings. The final touches – Compost ac vators or accelerators can be added to the compost to hasten the natural break-down process. – They usually contain a natural nitrogen or bacterial enzyme and can be bought at most garden centres. – Sprinkling on lime and untreated wood ash can help balance pH and reduce smells. – The heap should be as moist as a wrung-out sponge. Add water if needed. – Avoid excessive moisture by keeping the heap covered. – To work properly, your compost heap needs to reach temperatures between 30 and 60°C. From me to me, check that it is hea ng up in the centre; it should feel warm. Compost needs air – turn and mix it up to aerate and speed up decomposi on. Keeping it going What you put in your compost bin:
Green – Nitrogen rich, wet
Brown – Carbon rich, dry
Food scraps Manure Fresh grass clippings Weeds without seeds Vegetable scraps Seaweed Tea leaves and bags Coﬀee grounds
Torn newspaper/cardboard Egg cartons Tree prunings Dry leaves Bark, untreated sawdust Wood ash Twigs and s cks Crushed shells
Tania Hooper is this month’s prize winner with the following ques on:
Flowers and veges living in harmony Can I grow vege plants amongst my ﬂower plants? Are there any that don’t like to be planted together?
here are no rules when it comes to growing vegetables and flowers together. In fact they complement each other well. The flowers help bring beneficial insects into the garden to aid pollina on of your vegetables, and certain pungent flowers like calendulas and marigolds will help protect them from pests. Growing vegetable plants amongst flowers is also great u lisa on of space (ideal for those with smaller gardens). First do a li le spring cleaning in your flower bed; trim any overgrown plants, and remove any weeds or garden debris – you will be surprised by how much room you find for growing vegetables. Soil prepara on is generally the same for flowers and vegetables, just make sure to en-
rich the soil before plan ng by digging in good compost, and add a good layer of mulch on top (especially during summer). Fill the gaps in your flower garden with a regular plan ng of le uce or spinach, radish or carrots etc. You can also grow tomatoes, spring onions, or even a nice selec on of herbs. Remember the less open space means less room for weeds to grow! If you have sunflowers in your garden, grow beans or vine vegetables such as peas or cucumbers up the readymade poles they provide. When it comes to fer lising, just ensure you use the right fer liser for each plant.
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vegetable packs Be in to win
Email email@example.com with Daltons Premium Vegetable packs in the subject heading, or write to Vegetable Pack giveaway, Box 77, Ashburton. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:
• You must provide a gardening question for the Daltons’ experts to answer. • Please include your address and phone number in email and letter options! • Giveaway entries must be received by October 31. For more information on Daltons products visit www.daltons.co.nz
All questions supplied are entered into the draw to win a Daltons prize pack, but the Guardian reserves the right to choose which questions and answers will be published. Daltons post the prize to our lucky winner.
Tasty, home-grown vegetables are hard to beat, but in order to grow nutri ous vegetables first you need nutri ous soil which is cri cal to the success of any garden big or small. We have Daltons Premium Vegetable packs to give away which contain everything you need to get up and growing. Each pack is valued at over $60 and contains 1 x Daltons Premium garden mix, 1 x Daltons Incredible Edible Vegetable Fer liser, 1 x Besgrow Coir mulch and 1 x Daltons Organic Bio-fungicide granules.
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Walking holiday in you DESTINATION BY BRONWYN WOODING
early two years ago I decided that I needed a change in lifestyle and set out to lose some weight, you may ask what that has ŐŽƚƚŽĚŽǁŝƚŚĂƚƌĂǀĞůĂƌƟĐůĞ͘tĞůůƚŽŵĞƚŚĞǇŐŽ ŚĂŶĚŝŶŚĂŶĚ/ŶĞĞĚĞĚƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐƚŽŵŽƟǀĂƚĞ ŵĞƚŽŬĞĞƉŐŽŝŶŐƚŽƚŚĞŐǇŵĂŶĚŐĞƚĮƚ͘'ŽŝŶŐ to France on a walking holiday of the Loire Valley ǁĂƐƚŚĞƌŝŐŚƚŵŽƟǀĂƟŽŶ͕ŶŽƚŽŶůǇǁŽƵůĚ/ůŽƐĞ weight training for my holiday but I would need to ŚĂǀĞƌĞĂƐŽŶĂďůĞĮƚŶĞƐƐƚŽǁĂůŬƚŚĞĂǀĞƌĂŐĞϭϲŬŵ ĚĂǇƐƚŚĂƚŵǇŚŽůŝĚĂǇŝŶǀŽůǀĞĚ͘ By the end of May not only had a lost 30kg but I ǁĂƐĮƚĞŶŽƵŐŚĨŽƌƚŚĞĐŚĂůůĞŶŐĞ͍ tĂůŬĞƌƐtŽƌůĚŝƐŽŶĞŽĨƚŚĞŵĂŶǇĐŽŵƉĂŶŝĞƐ that we have access to for those that want to do ƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐŵŽƌĞƉŚǇƐŝĐĂůŽƌĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚŽŶƚŚĞŝƌ ŚŽůŝĚĂǇ͘ tĂůŬŝŶŐŚŽůŝĚĂǇƐĂƌĞĂǀĂŝůĂďůĞŝŶŵĂŶǇƵƌŽƉĞĂŶ ĐŽƵŶƚƌŝĞƐŝŶĐůƵĚŝŶŐ/ƚĂůǇ͕'ĞƌŵĂŶǇ͕^ƉĂŝŶ͕ƌŽĂƟĂ͕ Austria and of course France and come in a ŶƵŵďĞƌŽĨƉŚǇƐŝĐĂůŐƌĂĚŝŶŐ͛ƐĞĂƐǇŵĂŝŶůǇŇĂƚ ǁĂůŬŝŶŐƚŽŵŽƌĞƐƚƌĞŶƵŽƵƐŵŽƵŶƚĂŝŶǁĂůŬŝŶŐ͘
Your trip may be as part of a guided tour group or as we did it independent where you are ŐŝǀĞŶĐŽŵƉƌĞŚĞŶƐŝǀĞŵĂƉƐĂŶĚŝŶƐƚƌƵĐƟŽŶƐƚŽ ŐĞƚǇŽƵĨƌŽŵƚŽ;ǇĞƐǁĞĚŝĚŐĞƚůŽƐƚƚǁŝĐĞͿ͘ Another good thing about a prearranged trip is that your luggage is taken for you between your ĂĐĐŽŵŵŽĚĂƟŽŶƐƐŽĂůůǇŽƵŶĞĞĚƚŽĐĂƌƌǇŝƐǇŽƵƌ ĚĂǇƉĂĐŬ͘ A walking holiday gives you the chance to get back to nature; on our trip we were either following sealed cycle tracks beside the Loire River, farm ƚƌĂĐŬƐƚŚƌŽƵŐŚǁŚĞĂƚĮĞůĚƐ͕Žƌ&ŽƌĞƐƚƚƌĂĐŬƐ͘ The Loire Valley that we visited is famous for its ŚĂƚĞĂƵǆ͛ƐǁŚĞƌĞƚŚĞ&ƌĞŶĐŚŶŽďůĞƐƵƐĞĚƚŽ ƐƉĞŶĚƚŚĞŝƌƐƵŵŵĞƌƐĂŶĚŝƐĂďŽƵƚϭЪŚŽƵƌƐ ƐŽƵƚŚŽĨWĂƌŝƐďǇƚŚĞd'sƐŽƚŚĞƉĞƌĨĞĐƚƉůĂĐĞƚŽ visit for a couple of nights or a day trip to get away ĨƌŽŵƚŚĞŚƵƐƚůĞĂŶĚƚŚĞďƵƐƚůĞŽĨWĂƌŝƐ͘dŚƌĞĞ ĐŚĂƚĞĂƵƐƚŚĂƚ/ǁŽƵůĚŚŝŐŚůǇƌĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚǀŝƐŝƟŶŐ ĂƌĞŚĞŶŽŶĐĞĂƵ͕sŝůůĂŶĚƌǇ;ĚŝĚŶ͛ƚŐŽŝŶƐŝĚĞďƵƚ ƚŚĞŐĂƌĚĞŶƐĂƌĞĂŵĂǌŝŶŐͿĂŶĚůŽƐ>ƵĐĞǁŚŝĐŚ was home of Leonardo Da Vinci and houses some ƐĐĂůĞŵŽĚĞůƐŽĨŵĂŶǇŽĨŚŝƐŝŶǀĞŶƟŽŶƐ͘ƐǇŽƵ ĐĂŶĂůƐŽŝŵĂŐŝŶĞƚŚĞ&ƌĞŶĐŚĨŽŽĚǁĂƐĨĂŶƚĂƐƟĐ ďƵƚŝƚǁĂƐŶŝĐĞƚŽŬŶŽǁƚŚĂƚƚŚĞŶĞǆƚĚĂǇŝƚǁŽƵůĚ ĂůůďĞǁŽƌŬĞĚŽī͘ ,ĞůƉĨƵůƟƉƐ͗ ΎdĂŬĞĂŐŽŽĚƉĂŝƌŽĨǁĂůŬŝŶŐƐŚŽĞƐ͕ĂŌĞƌĂǁĞĞŬ͛Ɛ ǁĂůŬŝŶŐŝƚǁĂƐŐƌĞĂƚƚŽĞŶĚƵƉǁŝƚŚŽŶůǇϭďůŝƐƚĞƌ͘ * Buy lunch before you head out for the day as there is no guarantee that the stores at the village ƚŚĂƚǇŽƵǀŝƐŝƚĂƌŽƵŶĚůƵŶĐŚƟŵĞǁŝůůďĞŽƉĞŶ͕ǁĞ ůĞĂƌŶƚƚŚŝƐƚŚĞŚĂƌĚǁĂǇ͘
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