Mildura Weekly : Friday August 29 Vol 8 No 43
20 RIVERLAND MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2014 An orchid situation • From previous page Dawn’s orchid also won the champion Cymbidium specimen and champion cym- bidium under 60mm. This week she is busy getting her plants ready for the annual Orchid Spectacular, which will be held in Berri Town Hall tomor- row and Sunday. “I have been out cleaning them,” Dawn said. “You really have to do quite a bit of preparation for the shows.” From the sole orchid that Dawn was giv- en 11 years ago, she has built her collection to 110 – across all genres of orchids. “I will be 88 in October,” she said. “I guess it gives you a reason to get up in the morning.” Dawn will show nine or 10 orchids this weekend – her usual average for shows, how- ever, her grand champion will not be among them. “I have picked that and they are inside,” Dawn said. “I took it to our (Riverland Or- chid Society) meeting for the fortnight after and it got best on bench for me – it doubled up. It had seven (spikes) but I had to cut one before the show because a cockroach had eaten the top off.” She said cockroaches could be a prob- lem, but she has baits down now, and was happy with what she had in flower in readi- ness for this weekend. “I just see what comes to fruition,” Dawn said. “I have got one in there now that the stem is about four foot high. You can only just put in what is out in flower. You have got to have a few stems with flowers on. I have got one now that has got 10 spikes on it. It is a Cymbidium and a cascading one.” Dawn said a love of gardening came from her family. “My father Alf Flenley liked growing car- nations with a single flower on each plant,” she said. “My mother was also a keen garden- er, and my brother was as well.” As her love of orchids has grown, so has her number of shade-houses. Dawn started with a small shade-house in the garden for her ferns, then made one out of the carport before building another. The Orchid Spectacular is open from 9.30am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, with entry $2. The displays will be of many different genera that are grown in the region. Potting demonstra- tions will be held daily, with usual plant sales, raffle and a lucky door prize. Catering will be provided by the Lutheran Ladies. Experienced growers will be available to an- swer any questions. At the same event last year there were more than 300 orchids on display in Berri Town Hall. The past month or two has been a busy one for Dawn, with her also busy sewing baby goods for Petticoat Lane, which is also on this weekend. By BEV STORY CARTER and Carter are more than a singing duo – they are the husband and wife team of Merelyn and David Carter. Christians with a strong faith, playing gospel as well as coun- try music is a natural fit for them. The couple will be in South Australia for more than a week before their afternoon concert at Berri Town Hall on Sunday, September 7, an event aimed at raising money for the local school chaplaincy program. Carter and Carter will per- form in Adelaide the week- end before, and follow their Riverland concert with shows in some churches and private houses. The duo are regular visi- tors to the Riverland, with Merelyn’s brother John Davis living at Waikerie, and her par- ents Norm and Norma Davis recently moving to that town from Barmera. Carter and Carter have performed a few times in Barmera, but have never held a major concert here – some- thing David said they were looking forward to rectifying. “What I am looking for- ward to the most is the choir that is going to do the finale with us, and joining in some songs during the show,” Da- vid said. “Originally we were just coming to the Riverland to do a church performance at Barmera Uniting Church, but we were asked about the possibility of a fund-raising concert. Merelyn and I are very passionate about chaplaincy because we have actually seen the difference that it makes to the kids.” The Carters live on a 23 acre farm at Kinglake – one of the districts devastated by the 2009 bushfires that claimed 120 lives in one day. “It is a working farm, but more of a hobby farm,” David said. “We were there on the day of the fire, and lost all our fences and pasture land.” Seventy people died with- in a kilometre of their home, and in the aftermath, the near- by population shrank from 3500 to 1500. While some people might question God and their faith in times of tragedy – that wasn’t the case for the Carters after the Kinglake fires. “It has probably made our faith stronger overall,” David said. “That is part of life. “If you want to live life you have to take the good with the bad. There is no rhyme or reason to why things happen. • Continued next page Golden Guitar winners and popular gospel singers Carter and Carter are regular visitors to the Riverland – thanks to having family living in the area. However, despite their success they have yet to hold a major concert in the Riverland. Thankfully, that is set to change with the talented duo coming to perform in Berri Town Hall on Sunday, September 7 – to raise money for something close to their hearts – the local school chaplaincy program. Carter and Carter on the way, and that’s Gospel! said. “That is part of life. “If • KICKING GOALS: Husband and wife team Merelyn and David Carter have so many ‘runs on the board’ there is no question they are right up there as Australian Independent country music artists of the decade. With several albums and DVD releases, the gospel specialists have won many major awards, including a Golden Guitar, people’s choice and multiple singing and song-writing awards. 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