Continuing with our plans to make contact with the local community, I made my first visit to the Cancer Society monthly Coffee Club morning. This group of ladies generally meets in the local club rooms, but unknown to me, there was an outing planned for today. We shared cars and drove down to Otaki to the lovely old homestead, Strathean.
Used for retreats, the building is set in 5 hectares of lawns and mature native trees. The ladies were very friendly and welcoming, and after a delicious morning tea, we were invited by our hostess to take a stroll through the large orchard and pick a bag of apples each to take home. What a treat! As we wandered around the orchard we found several different varieties of apples ready on the trees, including some large cooking apples. “Look at this”, one of the ladies called, “Black Boy peaches”. Some of these lovely dark red beauties were popped in the bags as well.
White doves fluttered by, adding to the serene mood of this lovely old property. With such a large number of mature trees around, there is sure to be plenty of native birds living close by. It was a very pleasant morning, and I plan to attend regular Coffee Club meetings and get to know the other members. The Cancer Society runs this monthly group to give friendly support to patients, cancer survivors and their families.