Get ya geek on: Really useful resources for NCEA Food Technology

Cover image of "The truth about food"These web resources are your secret ingredient to success in NCEA Food Technology.

So where did we find all these great resources? On The Pulse – the library’s website for teens.

Crafty clogs – take a few herbs and a paper doiley

While at the Avice Hill Art and Craft fair recently, coverI spent some time with the ladies from the Canterbury Herb Society, discussing the do’s and don’ts of dried flowers and making a fabulous and very fragrant tussie mussie. Also known as a ‘nose gay’, a tussie mussie  is a Victorian-style bouquet of flowers and herbs specifically designed to be carried in a small metal vase.

Using a rose as the centrepiece, I was shown how to arrange herbs and flowers suchs as lavender, lemon balm, and angelica around it in a circular fashion, binding the stems with wool as I went. Binding the stems helps keep the flowers and herbs in place as more are added. When the bouquet was complete, we used a decorative paper doiley to frame it all and foil to cover the stems. The result was most impressive, with several people commenting on it as I wandered round.

According to the ladies, tussie-mussies became popular during the reign of Queen Victoria when the Queen herself carried one, during her excursions in public. During that era, it was thought that germs came from smell and many believed that sniffing the bouquets helped eliminate germs as well as disguising the stench from the unsanitary streets and unwashed bodies of the public. Thank goodness perfume and deodorants are now commonplace!

Are you are interested in pursuing a hobby or are looking for a group to join? Browse cinch.org.nz and see what community organisations, groups and clubs we have listed.

Or maybe you have recently had a go at some new crafty thing and loved it?

What to do after you’ve picked up the pieces

coverWhen I came home from work on February 22, I found my tea cups and my dinner set in small pieces on the dining room floor. I spent ages picking up the pieces; trying to find out what belonged where and what was intact.

The pieces were photographed for the insurance claim, but what was it all worth?

I can’t put a price on a memory, but I can get an idea on how much replacement plates are by looking on Price It! To replace a missing dinner plate, I could try China Matching Service. This is especially useful for tableware made after 1960.

Now that I have found out what my china is worth, what can I do with the broken pieces? If the insurance company don’t want to see the broken bits, I will turn them into a mosaic. The library has a collection of books on making mosaics. I haven’t made a mosaic since I left school, so I’ll check the CINCH database for the location of classes and groups.

Do you have plans for your broken china?

The Displaced Reader: Mobile Library with a high vis vest

Shout out for Mobile LibraryWhen I heard that the Mobile Library was going to be doing a special post-earthquake stop in my neighbourhood, I was excited. I liked the idea of going for a walk and climbing the steps into a bus. A bus! I love those promotional buses that sometimes park up in the Square and have great displays; I’m a sometime bus commuter and I used to own a housebus – so I consider myself a bus person.

The Mobile Library met all my expectations and more. I found titles just jumped out at me and there was a certain cameraderie from sharing such a small space. Conversations were easy to get into. This little photo collection of the Mobile Library will give you an idea what to expect.

Shopping has some possibilities as well. Of course the Palms is closed but why not visit the shopping centre on the corner of Hills and Shirley Roads. There is a certain famous butcher, a chemist, a bakery, a sweet shop and takeaways – everything you need in these stressful times.

The Mobile Library is going to Shirley Intermediate on Saturdays from 9.30am to 4.30pm and is also operating in the carpark of the  Christchurch City Council Linwood Service Centre on Smith Street, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9.30am-4.30pm. Look for the blue library open flag and the bus that already has its own high-vis vest.

Find out which libraries are open and where the Mobile Library gets to around the city.

OK – I’ve been to small and beautiful, now I’m going to try large and beautiful by visiting South Library. Find out where the  Displaced Reader has been on her travels.