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gorgeous weddings

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women in business

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Editor’s note Getting married was never high on my list of to-dos throughout life, just like former Ashburton woman Rachel McGregor. But if it was on my bucket list, I couldn’t think of a more fantastic way to propose than Rachel did high on the skifields of Aspen in Colarado. Randomly stopping halfway down a mountain while she was snowboarding, Rachel fronted up with a lovely proposal, including love, forevers and a marcasite ring. When Rachel and Byron Kelsall wed, they will be doing it with the bonus of a $3400 wedding package won through the Ashburton Guardian’s YOU Magazine and courtesy of LaVita E Bella beauty and JD Smit Productions videography. It’s a fantastic prize that will go a long way towards the happy couple’s wedding. YOU magazine staff wish the couple all the best for their wedding and the future! Here’s hoping as the autumn chill kicks in you are all keeping warm and healthy. Enjoy this month’s YOU! Lisa Fenwick YOU editor

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is a plus CLOTHING DESIGNER’S JOB

Former Methven woman Sarah Naylor has recently launched Farmhouse Boutique – a business she runs from home designing and making clothes for plus-sized women like herself. Erin Tasker reports. As a plus-size woman, Sarah Naylor knows how hard clothes shopping can be. Things don’t fit right or just don’t look the same on you as they do on the store mannequin. Sarah’s been lucky though. She’s got a creative flair and a love for designing which has allowed her to make many of her own clothes over the years. It’s something she loves to do, and now others are benefiting from her creativity. Sarah has started Farmhouse Boutique – a small business with her as the sole employee. She’s the boss, the worker and the accountant. She designs the clothes, makes the pattern, sources the fabric and does the sewing. And she does it all from the comfort of a small farm cottage she shares with her husband Ben, on his family’s farm in Becks, Central Otago. The couple – who got married in January – moved there just a couple of months ago following a year of travelling and working around Australia. Becks is half an hour’s drive from Alexandra and for Sarah – who studied fash-

ion design at CPIT and went on to work in retail and management at Pumpkin Patch and Country Road – employment opportunities were limited. So the time was right to start her own brand. She wants to keep it small. So far she has launched a Facebook page and is taking her products to shows, fairs and fetes. Last weekend she was at the Mayfield A&P Show and today she’ll set up a stall at the 100th anniversary Methven A&P Show – back in her home town where it all started. Sarah’s love for making clothes was discovered while at Mount Hutt College. Her teacher – Mrs Paul – let them do fashion after much begging and some of the students went on to make their ball dresses. “From there I just made a lot of my own clothes and a few bits and pieces for other people, and a wedding dress for a friend,” Sarah said. The bulk of what she makes is aimed at the rural women market, but she also loves the formal side of fashion. She made her own bridesmaid dresses and has more lined up for the future.

Farmhouse Boutique’s Sarah Naylor is putting her own take on the fashion scene for bigger women by designing, making and selling her own clothes at A&P shows and markets. Most of what she makes is aimed at rural women and she does it all from the comfort of a small farm cottage in Central Otago.

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Initially she wanted to do kids’ clothes, but that was a market which she knew would be hard to compete in. Fashion design isn’t easy in a day and age where things can be purchased easily – and often cheaply – off the internet from both New Zealand and overseas. But Sarah says her point of difference is the personal touch and providing a product that’s unique. Her main focus is clothes in the size 14 to 22 range. “Being plus size myself I really recognised there’s a huge gap (in the market); there’s only a few places commercially that are doing it,” she said. She uses natural materials and wants to be different from everything else that’s out there. But you’re not going to see anything too crazy come off her sewing machine. “If I’m not going to wear it, I’m not going

to make it,” she said. “I want to aim for rural women who don’t get a chance to get to main cities to go shopping.” She loves colour and prints. “Everything at the moment I’ve got is prints and quite a bit of colour. “I find colours can be a mood changer as well.” Sarah’s creativity isn’t limited just to clothes making. She also does some art and jewellery making. She credits much of her creative flair to her late grandmother. She had a dressmaking business and did a lot of formal wear. Back in those days it was all handmade and took a lot of delicate work. She passed on many of her skills to Sarah and her family, and Sarah said her family – particularly her granddad – was proud.

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Rachel McGregor unconventionally asked her partner for his hand in marriage surrounded by snow on a mountain in Aspen, Colorado. Her unexpected proposal was accepted and less than a month later she is the winner of the Ashburton Guardian’s $3400 wedding package giveaway, courtesy of LaVita e Bella beauty and JD Smit Productions videography.

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Former Ashburton woman Rachel McGregor is a woman who knows what she wants. For years she brushed off the idea of marriage and settling down ... until she met Byron Kelsall. Three weeks ago, at age 31, Rachel proposed to Byron, 33, high in the American mountains doing what they both loved ... snowboarding. It was unconventional but perfect. She kept the proposal simple and pure. “I just said how much I loved him, how I wanted to be with him forever and would he marry me.” It was totally unexpected. He had a “weird look”, checked Rachel was serious before he said yes. “Travelling together is a great relationship test. “Although Byron and I have had some trying times over here, it has definitely brought us closer together.” They were introduced through a mutual friend in Christchurch more than five years ago. At the time Rachel worked in the city and Byron lived in Cromwell. Their first date was in SOL Square in Christchurch, followed by a drive around the Port Hills. It was 2008. Six months later Byron had moved to Christchurch. And a year later they were living together. Since that first date, Rachel and Byron’s relationship has grown; to the point it just feels right. After living together for four years in Christchurch, it was time to do some extensive travelling. They are midway through a one-year overseas trip and are due home in a few months. “We decided to take a year out and travel around North America and work in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada,” Rachel said. In February, they took a month off from


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Rachel McGregor shows off her engagement ring after Byron Kelsall just accepted her proposal midway down a snowboarding run in Aspen, Colorado.

their holiday jobs and hit the mountain ranges snowboarding around California, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. They drove 8850km getting around the mountain resorts. Rachel had being thinking about proposing a few months before they took the trip. She denies being a romantic, but had planned when she would propose, with a degree of improvisation. “I wouldn’t say it was well planned as I am definitely not a romantic, but I had planned the timing and was going to wing the rest. “Little did Byron know, but I planned to propose to him at Aspen in Colorado, but I needed to get him alone.” She waited until halfway down a run, pulled up behind him and made him wait

while she retrieved something she needed. “I took off my glove and got a marcasite ring out of my pocket.” Byron had given her the ring years earlier, and as they were travelling on a tight budget, there was no extra money for buying something else. “The marcasite ring is lovely and has a special significance, so I thought it would be appropriate.” Byron was momentarily puzzled at the turn of events but, for Rachel, there was no doubt he would say yes. “I don’t take marriage lightly and it wasn’t until recently that I had even thought I would ever get married. “I had spent years convincing Byron that marriage wasn’t that important to me as I

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didn’t want to be rushed. “So after all that stalling, I decided if it was going to happen I would have to be the one to make it happen.” Midway down their mountain run, and after a moment of confusion, Byron accepted Rachel’s totally unexpected proposal. Rachel had chosen Aspen because of their joint love of snowboarding. One of their follow-up dates was to Cardrona, in central Otago, and their first trip overseas as a couple was boarding in Colorado, in the United States. They were also able to celebrate with family and friends as they continued travelling and finished their travels. “We were staying with my step-sisters in

Denver that night, so I thought it would be great to celebrate with them. “Byron and I have a lot of friends in Canada as well, so I wanted to celebrate with them before we headed back to New Zealand.” Friends at the base of the hill did not believe Rachel had proposed. But proof was in the pudding with the moment caught on the sports camera, mounted on Byron’s snowboard helmet. As their travels continue, Rachel and Byron are still coming to terms with their new relationship status ... engaged. They have no idea when they will set the date, but once they finish travelling they plan to start saving again, this time for a wedding.


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dress you have chosen. While white is the obvious choice for bridal gowns, ivory, parchment, magnolia, silver, champagne, gold or blush can be more flattering on some brides. Bought Beautiful wedding dresses are available “off the peg” at specialist bridal shops. As well as New Zealand designs, many are imported, so be sure to allow adequate time for the dress you select to be ordered from overseas. With a wonderful range of styles to try before you buy, your dream dress might be right there on the rack! Once chosen your gown can be expertly fitted and altered if necessary. Bridal shops have an impressive selection of accessories and attendants’ dresses to complement your gown. Made Choose a pattern and some stunning bridal fabric and let a skilled dressmaker create an exquisite gown for you. With an inspiring selection of silk, satin, lace,


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handling a vintage dress as the fabric becomes fragile with age and requires expert cleaning and storage. Found Expensive and exquisite dresses are often to be found in the for sale columns, or on Trademe. Many have been purchased or imported from overseas and you may discover a genuine designer bridal gown at a fraction of the original cost. You can always have it refitted or altered with beading, add a sparkly belt or trim to your personal taste. Other alternatives Your wedding gown need not be traditional bridal style, colour or price. Look at ball gowns, cocktail outfits and maxi dresses. Try summer sales at designer boutiques as well as chain store racks and mail order companies. With style and imagination, a simple dress can always be beautifully and uniquely enhanced with classy accessories.

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CAN’T SEE THE WOOD

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Stress is a huge part of our everyday lives and it is how well we manage that stress on a daily basis that determines becoming completely overwhelmed. You get to a place where you can’t see the wood for the trees. Balance is the key for putting our lives in perspective, so that we have time to stop and smell the roses. Feeling the pressure of life smothering us can be a cause of a variety of acute and chronic diseases. Feeling frustrated on where to start, and reaching for the coffee/tea or quick fix sugar options, only stresses us more in the process. Trying to keep a balance in life is really important, so that you don’t feel as though there is nothing else in your life other than work, and that work is your life. Society today demands so much more from us than previous times. Consumerism and shopping on credit wasn’t part of our grandparents’ lives and they seemed a lot happier with a lot less. People were happy to wait for things to be done, instead of wanting it all done by tomorrow, adding to the pressure of life today in the way we live it as well is the influence technolCan’t see the wood for the trees?

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ogy has had on speeding up our lives. Stress management is really important to avoid people breaking down, feeling overwhelmed and getting sick. If you have some weak genes in the family, they can then be triggered, like a ticking time bomb waiting to go off. Then the realisation kicks in that life in the fast lane is not so beneficial to our physical and mental health. Look at your life as a pie, then segment it, into how you see your life now, and how you would like to perceive your life to be for the better, and how that would help you feel better as a person. Look at the things you love to do and see, that you don’t have time for at the moment


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and see how you can add those things back into your life and still maintain a balance. Then see how much better you feel in return and how that then overflows into everything else; like the ripple effect, when a stone is thrown into a pond. Dealing with stress isn’t necessarily about taking medicines, it is often about creating more time in life to bring back balance. What is it that you love to do, but don’t seem to do anymore? Is it an hour of reading before bed at night, a chance to slip into another world for a period of time to let the brain refocus on something else? Is it spending a few more weekends away from home exploring our beautiful countryside; is it spending more time with family and friends, catching up to have a hot cuppa or a cold beer/glass of wine. Doing those creative things at night, that you are always planning to do, rather than watching something on television that you aren’t generally engaging in anyway. Do you like active de-stressing? Like going for regular walks out in nature, looking at a different scene other than the one you usually look at. These are just a few ideas of ways you could

bring balance back into your life, so that the pie of life isn’t just focused on one main thing, leaving you frustrated and stressed with not having enough time for the fun things that you once enjoyed. Of course there are herbs and nutrients that you could be taking to help you combat those extreme feelings of stress, but sometimes looking at the basics can really go a long way. Being able to see the wood for the trees isn’t such an overwhelming feeling after all and letting the light shine through, because you are now doing more things you enjoy; like turning the stereo up in the car and singing along to your favourite tunes. Taking some time out to sit back on a random park bench and see how your life is played out on a daily basis and where making a few changes can benefit you in putting some fun things back into your life, hence feeling less stressed and more relaxed, and therefore wanting to laugh and smile more for 2014. With the compliments of Jane Logie, a medicinal herbalist, clinical nutritionist and chef from Methven ... then take some time out and let the light shine through.

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s we age our skin mostly reflects our life – weather exposure, our lifestyle, diet, smoking, stress, genetic predisposition. As with most things – prevention is best. Good diet, enough good sleep, exercise, using sun block, protecting your skin from the extremes of heat and cold, not too much alcohol, not smoking - all of these will lessen the effects of aging on the skin. We all want to look our best, nowadays there are many opportunities for us to maintain a healthy skin at home, at beauty clinics and with appearance medicine. Having a plan and a skin care regime that is designed for you by a professional skin therapist is a good place to start. What can you do at home?: Cleanse, moisturise, treat and protect. 5-10 minutes per day. • Cleanse your skin with a cleanser (not soap) • Use a moisturiser and sunscreen daily

Use a stimulant active product regularly. Products that contain Glycolic acid, Vitamin C or Vitamin A all increase cell turnover, unplugging blocked pores, shedding the outer damaged layer of skin. Glycolic has the smallest molecule and can penetrate into the dermis creating a healthier and thicker skin. • C15 serum can be used at home with a hand held ultrasonic device, this is easy to use and improves the quality and look of the skin • Wear sun block daily – minimum SPF 15+, wear protective clothing in the extremes of heat and cold. What can your Beauty Therapist / Skin Therapist do?: Consultation and individualised planning with products and treatments will give you the best results. Some of the treatments that help with aging skin and softening wrinkles and fine lines include, • Microdermabrasion – treatment works by gently abrading debris off skin and suction to remove debris and stimulate blood flow and

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TEENAGERS ARE SOMETIMES

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Now I know that I often give teenragers a bit of a hard time in this column and will probably continue to do so on many such occasions. And I may have mentioned before that I use Nigel Latta’s quote that “teenagers are not right in the head” as a chant when I’m about to lose the plot with the once-wereangels. Having said that, I look around at my children’s friends and they actually give me hope. My male teenrager managed to rope me into two trips to Lake Hood on Saturday. They had been at the Ashburton Paintball Park clearing some of the greenery away for the owner in exchange for some free time on one of the courses, so they could go ballistic with some air-soft guns. And then later that afternoon they were allowed some time to shoot each other. Now, normally, I would have a couple of issues with this, but they’d earned some fun (I hope) and I was happy to take the four lads out to do something that didn’t involve A) wifi or B) a screen. A couple of them trooped into my wee lounge, and I saw what good kids they

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were. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t tell anyone for sure they don’t get up to no-good, I can only go on what I saw and felt. One of them came in with a leather World War One greatcoat on and politely proceeded to tell me the history of his jacket and the other made me smile the minute I looked at him – cheek was written all over his face and in no time at all he was calling me “Muma Fenwick”. What would they have called him in the old days? Oh yeah, that’s right, a lovable rogue. They were hyped up – rowdy and chatty – but not one of them was disrespecful, and not once did one of them grunt at me. Seriously, it was a grunt-free trip. I even had an argument about Vladimir Putin with one of them. I picked them up again

when it was getting dark, and apart from stinking my already stinky car out, I picked up four pre-men who’d spent an energetic day and had a ball. My female teen has been a lot more social over the years and I know most of her friends so well. I love them all, they are all gorgeous girls ... but hey, they haven’t hit 16 yet, so I don’t want to speak too soon. I blame them for my girl-teen being a fairly well-adjusted, secure and mostlyhappy rager. So many times I hear people bemoaning “awful teenagers” and trust me, I don’t think they are a trouble-free walk in the park. But I love their growing independence, their individuality and most of all, I don’t see too many horrid teens in Ashvegas. It’s really easy to take aim at teenagers, they are so often anti-social, smelly and generally foul. But, I’m not a policeman, so I don’t get to see many truly troubled teens, so if I look at most things considered, I really do have some hope for our next crop of adults (if they ever learn not to be such Z generationers). My son this week had his school jersey

stolen from his classroom (that or it’s just lost). I found out this morning (Wednesday). To say my blood was boiling and things got septic in my household is an understatement. Whether lost or stolen, boy teenrager is 16 years old now. I’m not paying for another one, so the consequence of someone else’s actions or his own forgetfulness is that he might learn about how cold Mid Canterbury can really get. Now before anyone at CYFS rings me, he has a big warm puffer jacket he can use. It is now his responsibility to keep himself warm ... how else can I teach him that every act of forgetfulness, or someone else’s vile, stealing actions have consequences. And that while I love working hard to pay for every little thing my children may want or desperately need, they are now heading for adult-land. Gearing up for the big bad world is something they need to start thinking about now. It’s no use sending them out with a mummy-packed lunchbox and nicely mummy-ironed shirts. Teach them how to survive well without us, it’s our job and our duty.


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Sweet pepper chutney 6 large sweet peppers 1 1/2 onions 3/4 C apple cider vinegar 3/4 C sugar 1/2 T salt 1/2 T mustard seeds 1/2 T celery seeds 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 hot chilli peppers (optional) – Wash, core and deseed peppers. In a food processor whizz the peppers, onions and chillis until slightly chunky. – In a heavy based saucepan combine the vegetables and remaining ingredients. Mix well. Bring to the boil over a medium heat, stirring occasionally. Boil for 25-30 minutes or until thickened. Stir while boiling to prevent mixture from sticking to the bottom. – Pour into hot sterilised jars.

Yes, I was right last month (I’m female so that stands to reason). Apart from a random hot day here and there, autumn has definitely arrived. So it’s time to revamp the plan for the vegetable garden, albeit it is still producing some real delights. So, with Red Band gumboots at the

ready my intentions were ruthless until my eye caught the striking colours of some stunning sweet peppers hanging like jewels amongst the sea of green ones still waiting their turn. These sweet peppers are so easy to grow and if put in a nice warm spot early in the growing season, will yield a very

hefty crop of jewels. My favourite thing to do with these beauties is a sweet pepper chutney that can be enjoyed all year round. This chutney is great with any cold meats and never goes astray with a good punchy New Zealand cheese. Enjoy!


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And while we are on the subject of harvesting the autumn bounty, this fabulous lemon raisin relish is another way to lift a nice cheese or, even better, served with an unctuous curry. I served it in my restaurant in Kaikoura with a cheese board, I just love it.

5 large lemons, cut into small pieces, pips discarded 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped 1T salt 3 cooking apples, peeled and chopped 600ml malt vinegar 1t each cinnamon and ground ginger 150g raisins 425g brown sugar

– Place the lemons and onions in a nonmetal bowl, sprinkle with salt and leave overnight. – Combine all the ingredients except sugar in a large, heavy-based pan, bring to a low boil and simmer for approximately 45 minutes. If necessary, boil a little longer until the lemon is tender. – Stir in the sugar and cook for a further 15-20 mins more, stirring frequently to prevent it from sticking to the bottom. – Pour into hot sterilised jars and cover when cool.


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well-rested. This has implications for interpersonal interactions, according to researchers. “Since faces contain a lot of information on which humans base their interactions with each other, how fatigued a person appears may affect how others behave toward them,” Sundelin said. The findings also suggest the appearance of fatigue is something people are willing to pay handsomely to avoid. “The desire to look less fatigued is one of the primary motivators for undergoing cosmetic surgery,” the authors of the Sleep study point out. But it’s not all about vanity, according to Sundelin. Sleep may affect health as well, which she and her colleagues hope to demonstrate next. “There are studies out there on how stress, disease and physical or mental exertion affect health, but a lack of studies specifically looking at how facial cues of fatigue relate to health,” she said.  – AAP

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n our dreams, we are truly great. We run faster, jump higher and explore realms of the universe we never even knew existed. But this fantasy doesn’t need to be restricted only to our dreams. The greatest and most influential people to ever have graced this planet, are those who dared to dream big and who dared to believe in their dreams. Through positive thinking and self-belief, they didn’t dream their life, they lived their dreams. No doubt you’ve heard of the terms alpha, beta, theta, delta and gamma. These letters from the Greek alphabet represent more than a cheesy American sorority, they are the names given to the five brain wave frequencies which make up our state of mind. It is our state of mind which controls our reality, through our thoughts, beliefs and mindset. Understanding the frequency which we operate from, and mastering the ability to open deeper

states of consciousness, can open the subconscious mind, allowing you to create your own reality. In basic terms, if you can imagine it, you can become it. The theta brain waves are present during meditation and light sleep, when you experience the famed REM dream state. It is during this state, where visualisation, creativity and insight are most powerful, allowing the dreamer to project their inner-most desires into reality. However it’s not as simple as closing your eyes and wishing. During the day, we operate on beta brain waves, those associated with alertness, logic, reason and function. Without them we wouldn’t function effectively, however they also translate into stress and anxiety. The key to success is in removing the stress and negativity, to allow the body and mind to completely relax, promoting the alpha and theta brain waves to heighten our sense of purpose. These revelations have led to the discovery of ThetaHealing™, a meditative technique which can empower the

subconscious mind, eliminating fears of failure and self-doubt. The positive thoughts associated with ThetaHealing™ manifest themselves into reality, resulting in a potential for health, wealth and happiness. Sarndra Fowler is a practitioner and teacher of ThetaHealing™, helping her clients to discover their inner strength, overcome fears to create success, and to harness physical health and wellbeing. Born in Napier to a Cook Island mother, Sarndra was adopted as a baby into a New Zealand family of four. She has a lot of love and respect for her parents. As a child, Sarndra knew she was different from other children, and experienced visions and insights of a spiritual nature from a young age. This gave her a yearning to learn and experience more of the spiritual realm, which led to a journey of self-discovery through life experience and attending a number of spiritual development workshops. From a young age Sarndra always desired a large family of her own and

was blessed with seven. Her spiritual abilities made each pregnancy a unique experience. “As the pregnancies progressed, my intuition heightened. My most spectacular experience was an appearance of an angelic figure holding a wrapped bundle. My son was soon to be conceived. When I was pregnant with my fifth, I was in a carpark when a little spirit began skipping around me, telling me her name was Camille, and so it was,” Sarndra said. While her children were young, Sarndra developed excellent time management, and used her spare time making crafts, including leadlight and pottery. Before her youngest child, Ryland, started school, Sarndra worked a short time as a teacher aide, and became involved with school boards. During these years she also enjoyed being involved with a variety of her children’s sports. It was during this time, she met the love of her life, Dave. “When Dave and I met it was instant recognition. I had already experienced premonition dreams, of a mysterious

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dark-haired man whom I would have a relationship with,” Sarndra said. When the couple moved in together, Sarndra had four of her seven children living at home, and Dave also had two children of his own, who lived with their mother. They were married in 2005 and now have 14 grandchildren. While living in the Waikato, Sarndra completed a beautician’s course with Wintec in Hamilton, and opened her own clinic. Dave is a dairy farmer, and Sarndra enjoyed the balance of making people feel and look great, as well as working on the farm.

At any moment you can choose to be a better person, and create the life you desire, but what moment will you choose?

The couple had dreamed of moving south, to discover the place they would call home. In 2007 they moved to a peaceful valley in Mariua, where they continued farming. For their two sons who lived with them it was a new adventure, and during that time six of their nine children moved south also. With the isolation and tranquility of the valley, Sarndra found it to be spiritually awakening, and decided she had reached a time in her life where she wanted to use her abilities to reach out to more people. The couple moved into the Southbridge District, where Sarndra looked further into harnessing her spiritual abilities to help others. She assisted with her daughter’s pregnancies and deliveries. She felt overwhelming love during these experiences, and considered becoming a midwife. This is when she discovered ThetaHealing™, and it completely changed her life. “Within a short time of studying ThetaHealing™, everything started to fall into place. I had experienced so many feelings and had learnt a lot about myself during my years of self-discovery, but all of a sudden it was like all the dots had connected and has helped enhance my abilities so I can have access to the higher realms with more definition,” Sarndra said. The study of ThetaHealing™ is complex, as it encompasses learning how to read the mind, body and spirit, which is why

Sarndra travelled overseas to gain her qualifications to allow her to teach the art. To participate in a session, you will need to bring an open mind and willingness or intention. Sarndra will utilise the ThetaHealing™ technique to make changes and bring a positive outcome, or if you would prefer to learn the ThetaHealing™ technique, you can attend one of her many courses. Sarndra has assisted many clients in the discovery of relaxation and self-fulfilment, and has also successfully utilised ThetaHealing™ to assist in medical matters. “A woman I treated had three young children, under five years old. Her first born son, she hadn’t felt a connection with, there wasn’t the feeling of a loving bond a mother would normally have with her child. It was the opposite with her second child, they were very close and adored each other. “Eight weeks after her third child arrived, she again felt no bond and feared the relationship would be similar to the one she had with her first child. “Looking deeper into her emotions, we discovered a range of negative feelings and emotions associated with her first birth, including towards those who were with her during the birth. “We removed the shock and trauma associated with negative events surrounding the birth of her first child. It was a session which encompassed a large variety of beliefs, emotions, hormonal stress, guilt and depression. “She noticed a positive change immediately during the session, and has continued to see improvements with the relationships of her first born child and her new baby. It took ThetaHealing™ to uncover the true emotions which lay beneath the surface, and allowed her to understand more of herself, and see the situation from a deeper level,” Sarndra said. Sarndra cherishes her moments as a mother and grandmother, and enjoys planning family gatherings full of fun activities, to fill her family members lives with fond memories. The couple are actively involved with their family’s sporting activities. They also purchased property in Geraldine, and plan on renovating the home for their retirement, when they are finished sharemilking. Her philosophy in life is simple. “Always be true to yourself, follow your heart and step out of your comfort zone to expand your horizons.” Advertising feature

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FROM AUTHOR SUSAN LEWIS:

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usan Lewis is the internationally bestselling author of more than 30 novels including No Child of Mine, Don’t Let me Go and The Truth About You. I have been reading her books for many years and get excited when a new one is released. This story is set around Josie Clark and her husband Jeff. They are struggling to make ends meet after spending all their savings trying to save their son Ryan going to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. When Josie receives terrible news the Clarks’ lives will never be the same. Josie’s joy is her two children, but with Ryan in jail and her daughter marrying far too young the news she receives makes her worry about their futures even more. Across town, in a gorgeous house by the sea lives Bel Monkton. She lives in luxury but has struggles of her own. Since the death of her twin sister from cancer over a year ago she has been unable to rebuild her shattered world. When circumstances bring these two women together a beautiful friendship

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is formed. It is a friendship built out of the worst circumstances but one that blossoms and helps these two women in ways they could never imagine. Like all Susan Lewis novels Never Say Goodbye is brilliantly written with wellstructured characters you end up feeling like you know personally. She puts a lot of research into what she writes about and this is obvious throughout the book. Described as “utterly compelling”, “deeply moving” and “spellbinding” Never Say Goodbye will tear at your heart strings. I loved it. Advertising feature

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e’ve all seen ‘those’ photos, and commented, “Surely that has been photo-shopped”, and “Clearly she’s had plastic surgery”. The ones that grace the glossy covers of women’s magazines, showing a leggy Miranda Kerr with baby Flynn attached to her hip, Jessica Alba looking more fabulous than ever as she takes her daughters to the park, or a glowing J. Lo, flexing those incredible abs on the beach after giving birth to twins. A new breed of super-mums are bursting through the postpartum haze as stronger versions of their pre-pregnancy selves, determined to be fit and healthy role models for their children, but it’s not just an exclusive club for celebrities and socialites. After giving birth to twin boys, Julie McDougall was determined to gain back the fitness she had prior to pregnancy. After completing her second halfmarathon, Julie joined Configure Express

in October 2012 to motivate herself to maintain the fitness she had gained from the marathon training. Shortly fell pregnant. Her workouts were now less intense, but during her 12 - week scan, Julie and Nick discovered they were expecting twins. She put her membership on hold, as she knew that her body would already be under a strained workload with carrying twins and running her business, Reflections Café. Five months after her twin sons, Charlie and Oliver, the birth of, Julie felt she was ready to head back to Configure Express. It was at this time that her boys had finished breastfeeding and were able to eat solids. She had lost a lot of energy from constantly feeding two hungry babies and was finding it physically challenging to run the café and carry her growing boys. She signed up for the Break programme, a fitness and nutrition plan which incorporates a full gym membership with a diet plan, grocery shopping guide and two personal training sessions per week.

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he world economy, we hear about it everyday. What is happening throughout the world and how it is going to affect interest rates. Economists say the official cash rate will increase over the next two years by around two per cent and as a result mortgage interest rates will increase. When interest rates increase mortgage holders think the worst and those with funds invested are very happy as they receive a greater return on their money. So how does the world economy affect you and your return on investment or your mortgage interest rate? This is an amazing question because you'd think it has no correlation, but in today's world it certainly does. New Zealand is predominantly an export driven country. Fonterra leads the way as New Zealand's biggest company and one of the largest suppliers of milk powders around the world. Fonterra trades in the $USD. If the USD fluctuates this has an affect on the earning dollar in New Zealand, so farmers may have more or less income at their disposal. When our largest industry providers have more or less income to spend, there is an immediate flow on to how much money is or isn't being spent in our local

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economy. If farmers have less to spend, they won't buy new plant and machinery, or something special for themselves. When this occurs the retailers or machinery salesman have less money to spend and the local economy misses out. If the farmer has extra money to spend, they will buy new plant and machinery or something special for themselves, then the machinery salesman and retailers will have more money to spend and so begins the money-go-round. So how does this affect your mortgage and investment interest rates? If there is less money being spent central banks "Reserve Bank of NZ" will try to kick start the economy by reducing the official cash rate and get more money into circulation. If the Reserve Rank feels ther is too much money being spent and

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Autumn has broadsided me this year, and add to that the strong wind and rain recently and my garden is certainly looking worse for wear. A few weeks ago I moved some chilli plants outside in the hope the sucking insect pests would disappear or fall prey to a predator of some description. First the storm hammered them, and then a sneaky frost nipped them in the buds. The now tragic-looking plants have been relocated under the verandah in the hope they will catch enough sun to recover sufficiently to finish fruiting. The wind also put paid to whatever fruit was left in the orchard, where all said and done it’s been a miserable harvest. On a brighter note I’ve harvested some sizable pumpkins, which are safely stored in the garage. By taking a little care to cure pumpkins, squash or gourds, they will keep for at least three months and some varieties for up to six months. Firstly cut the fruit with a sharp knife leaving at least 10cm of the stem attached. Be careful not to damage the skin when harvesting; a thumbnail scar can spell doom for a pumpkin. As pumpkins can “leak” from the bud end, it is wise to put something absorbent underneath, straw is probably the best option, but due to a lack of space and not having any desire to attract mice into my garage I use cardboard. Arrange the pumpkins in a single layer, not touching each other, on your preferred absorbent surface in a cool place out of direct

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sunlight. I use the workbench in my garage where the air can circulate, but a table, straw bale, or any elevated surface is better than the floor. Check them every week and use or get rid of any pumpkins showing signs of softening or mould. Onions, shallots and garlic can also be harvested, once the bulb has developed. Leaving them in the ground too long will result in them sprouting a seed head at the expense of the bulb. Brush the worst of the dirt off the garlic, knot or tie the stems of up to 10 bulbs and hang them in the rafters of the garage, garden shed or any other dry place. Humidity and moisture will very quickly cause mould to form, so check the garlic regularly and throw out any bulbs that are deteriorating. I use the mesh cloches

which protected the young plants from birds and of course that pesky cat, during the spring to cure onions and shallots. These too are slung from the rafters in the garage and the bulbs thrown in. Harvesting is the enjoyable end of the season and well worth the effort when you sit down to a steamy bowl of pumpkin soup and crusty garlic bread on a bitter winter’s evening.


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March is a good time to ... – If you’ve got kids now’s the time to get them harvesting the last of your runner beans – and don’t worry if they don’t make it to the table! – Remember March can still be quite a warm time of year, so keep watering your garden relatively regularly. – Now is also a good time to start growing some leeks and spinach. Leeks require a little bit of extra effort but they’re well worth it in the end. – And spinach is perfect to plant amongst your leek seedlings because you’ll harvest it before the leeks need the space. Spinach is a fantastic plant. Slugs don’t like it, you can eat it when it’s young or old, it grows in dry and wet and just about all year round, and it’s perfect for quiches and salads. You just need to make sure you eat it before it goes to seed. – If you want winter veges like broccoli and cauliflower, to be ready to eat in winter, plant them towards the end of March while the weather and soil is still warm enough to give them a kick start. If you wait till May you’ll end up with broccoli in spring when you might be more interested in eating veges like lettuce. – Lastly, March is also a great time to plant beetroot. Tod Palenski Awapuni Nurseries www.awapuni.co.nz

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Ensure you are giving your hydrangeas a deep watering one to two times a week, this is especially important during the summer months – don’t let them dry out. You can always tell when hydrangeas need a drink – their leaves start to droop. Give them a boost with regular mulching with compost around the base of the plant. Finish with a good layer of Daltons Mulch and Grow on top to help maintain soil moisture and temperature. Feed your hydrangea in early spring once the buds begin to open and apply again a month later. Finally, although you have had limited blooms this year, have your hydrangeas been free flowering well in previous years? If the numbers of blooms have been declining, then it may be time to look at planting new young plants. The best time to plant hydrangeas is late winter/early spring when new plants are available from plant centres. Always carefully select the best available plants and choose ones that are young and healthy looking, with vigorous new shoots. Avoid any root-bound plants.

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nfectious Canine Cough formerly known as Kennel Cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can affect dogs of any age. Dogs in close contact, such as those in boarding kennels, shows, parks and holiday areas are at the greatest risk of infection. Usually, about a week after the dog is infected, it will develop a persistent, harsh, hacking cough, which is often made worse by exercise. This cough can persist for up to three weeks, sometimes longer. Some dogs will have a runny nose, some may have a high temperature and sometimes appetite and energy levels may be affected. Infectious Canine Cough (ICC) is a multi-factorial disease. This means that one or a number of bacteria and viruses may cause clinical signs which can make treatment difficult. Stress and environmental conditions can also make the dog more susceptible to the disease.

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The most effective form of treatment is prevention with an ICC vaccine. Although vaccination doesn’t protect against all the causes of ICC, it protects against the most common ones. It is highly recommended for dogs that have to be boarded or are in regular contact with other dogs. There are two forms of the vaccine, either injectable or intranasal. The intranasal form has the advantage of being effective within 72 hours after administration and is especially good for

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Ashburton Guardian, March 15, 2014