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Life has taught me that
making assumptions can
be a recipe for disaster.
The single woman looking
for Mr Right must keep an open
Case in point last weekend. I'm
standing at the bar at 1876.
Merrily ordering a rum and coke
and looking forward to an
exchange of the latest gossip with
Someone says my name. I spin
around to see someone I haven't
seen for five years. He no longer
lives here but was down for the
weekend. He hasn't aged a day.
Given he recognised me perhaps I
haven't either. That's got to be
good! We chatted and made vague
plans to catch up another time.
I later thought that when this
chap lived in Queenstown I'd seen
him occasionally out on the town.
We'd moved here around the
He's a lovely man. We got on well.
A bit too earnest and
disapproving of rum and cokes
but the kind of person one's
parents would recommend.
For some illogical reason I'd
thought he was gay. Any
boyfriend potential never
occurred to me. Perhaps I just
wanted an explanation for why he
didn't want to ask me out, given
how fabulous I am. But he left
town and we lost touch.
I'll never know if he had any
romance potential given he's now
in a long-term relationship . . .
with a woman.
The lesson from this is to not
judge a book by its cover.
Queenstown's Single Girl is
looking for true love. Advice and
potential candidates email
Mother Nature the one in control
Iwas reminded of a very
important lesson just a few
weeks ago, one which is pretty
important to remember in the
lead-up to Christmas. That lesson
is that you really have very little
control, so never work on the
assumption that you have.
On November 4 we were hit with a
massive cold front and several
crop- destroying frosts. I would
like to think that in the local wine
industry there are lots of egos; it is
one of those industries that leaves
no room for wallflowers. But
November 4 left no question that
mother nature has the biggest ego
Regardless of the helicopters we
had flying, the people on the
ground lighting heat pots and the
silent prayers of the vineyard
owners, nothing could stop the
will of nature, and thus millions of
dollars of crop were destroyed.
Being trained in the halls of
academia in my early life as a
viticulturist, I was taught all the
things that you could do to control
the success of a good harvest. In
my years learning viticulture in
the field, I have learnt all the
things you can't do in trying to
maintain a good crop.
Thankfully all those in farming
have a very pragmatic approach
to the amount of control they can
actually exert on the success of
their outcomes. Keeping a
pragmatic view on life and
knowing what little control you
really can maintain is probably a
good way to think about that rush
Timbo Deaker lives in Gibbston,
with his two children and partner.
He is a consultant viticulturist
and owns several businesses that
service the local and domestic
wine industry of New Zealand.
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