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Daughter makes soul food for mum
I told her that I saw my father's fixation to be the one who brought
home the bacon'' doomed my mother to repetitive domestic chores
and a housebound existence, and it shaped my life.
It was pure coincidence that I
recently enjoyed some
mummy time in Melbourne
with our youngest daughter,
so close to the official day set aside
to celebrate motherhood.
We had many enlightening
discussions during this special
time and talked about our
differing childhoods in
relationship to our respective
While my father had the power to
forbid my mother from working,
Elizabeth grew up with parents in
business partnership and her
memories are of a mother who
worked pretty long hours.
I told her that I saw my father's
fixation to be the one who
''brought home the bacon''
doomed my mother to repetitive
domestic chores and a house-
bound existence, and it shaped my
My mother was not renowned for
her cooking skills and her reper-
toire was rather limited. But she
did deliver Dad's special meal and
a mince or sausage creation for us
kids on the dot of his patriarchal
nightly arrival home.
Conversely, I never felt the need
to resort to housework to keep me
busy and, although I have made a
career out of cooking, my
daughter quite rightly can't recall
me being a regular provider of
evening meals during her
Mother's Day traditionally means
mum has a day off cooking and
clearly for this working mum this
was the norm, not a special treat.
However, during my Melbourne
stay my daughter conjured up the
best meal of all. Food for my soul.
To fellow mummies I hope your
Mother's Day meal is a great one
Ann Mann was a Queenstown
publican and now owns a wedding
and event catering business. She
is heavily involved in the
Preparing to take the
bull by the horns
Ups and downs: The rollercoaster
world of dating!
It's now six months since I
started sharing my single girl
life with Mirror readers.
It would be an exaggeration to
say I've been bombarded with
offers from eligible suitors but a
few chaps have got in touch via
One sounded promising but I
chickened out of doing anything
about it when I realised a close
link between him and a third
party in my circle. He'd not given
his name either, which I didn't
like. Admittedly, I'm in no
position to criticise others for
being nameless, but often men
who won't tell you their name are
Just when it seemed that no-one
reads the column an email was
sent to my charming editor.
The writer could not be identified
on Facebook so I might have to
take the old-fashioned approach
and actually talk to him. Perhaps
a blind date is on the cards.
I've always thought traditional
blind dates engineered by mutual
friends are a good idea.
Ideally, your friends have your
best interests at heart and a
reasonable idea of the sort of
person you might be suited to.
Generally we like the kind of
people our friends like.
In the rollercoaster world of
dating there are situations that
work out well and others best seen
as learning curves. But sometimes
you just have to take the bull by
the horns and see what happens. I
shall report back on developments
with the mystery man.
Queenstown's Single Girl is
looking for true love. Advice and
potential candidates should be
emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shining fitness examples not admired by all
There's someone out there
in Wanaka land who has a
beef about local police
who keep fit.
This anonymous person has used
a local gossip column in the past
to berate those of our coppers who
spend their spare time doing
What is this plonker on about?
Cops aren't the only locals who
like to keep fit. We have a doctor
who thinks nothing of doing the
Challenge Wanaka long distance
triathlon twice on the same day.
We have 70-year-olds who scoot
over Mt Iron at break-neck speed
Then there's the car mechanic
and his mate who think nothing of
biking from Christchurch to
Wanaka in a day for no good
reason. There's a local farmer
who braved 40-degree heat to run
in Las Vegas and then there's the
60-year-old who hasn't let a hip
replacement stop him from
scaling Mt Cook.
Back to the athletic cops in our
town. You might have seen a few
of them, along with other fit
locals, on that Mountain Rescue
programme on the telly recently.
They're the search and rescue
guys who tumble out of bed in the
middle of a stormy night to save
people in trouble.
And when you think about it
would you rather have our fit
local cops or some of the double
whoppers I've seen parading as
police in the United States?
I guess the big difference is that
here, when someone tries to make
a run for it, our coppers can easily
run them down while in America
they can just shoot them!
Ed Taylor is general manager of
Warbirds Over Wanaka and
reckons Wanaka is the best place
in the world to live.
The Queenstown image has
changed. It is a tourist town
not a party town. Visitors will
not be shocked by drunkards
in the streets and psychotic
behaviour advancing on all of
us because strict new by-
laws will be introduced. The
police force will be tripled, all
party pills banned
completely and factories
making them tracked down.
Am I dreaming? It could be a
reality. This restructured
council with chief executive
Adam Feeley has the guts to
incorporate the protection of
the community and tourists
in our year of change'' plan.
They have the support but
hurry up. It is almost too late.
Lyn Kramer, Frankton
I would like to acknowledge
and thank the group which
has led the way in protecting
our library. It has been the
commitment and energy and
persistence of Nicola
Martinovic, Sue Coutts, Sukhi
Turner, Kathy Dedo and Kim
Tomlin which has enabled us
all to speak with a united
voice on this issue. It is
because of them that we are
very much more likely to be
heard and to be listened to.
Thank you, all of you.
Prue Wallis, Wanaka
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