Over 300 of the Raglan Ramblers/Friends of Wainui Reserve calendars have been sold since they went on sale a couple of weeks ago. Again the Bookshop is the main outlet, though Trade Aid, 4-Square (with the magazines near the checkout), Herbal Dispensary and the Information Office are also selling many.
Many of the calendars are posted abroad and several people commented that posting cost as much as the $15 for the calendar. To reduce that problem the size to post has been halved, though the calendar still opens out to a full A3 display for each month.
The change to an A4 format allowed an extra two pages to be included. One page has been used to illustrate the diversity of views around the harbour. The other shows the variety of wildlife. Best known wildlife is probably the pohutukawa, illustrated in full bloom in December.
From next March that scene will be changed as the new footbridge is built. The windfarm skyline is already changing and other historic photos are of the wharf before and after the fire.
As well as the dozen A4 size photos, one for each month, there are 62 smaller photos, each with a caption. An error has been pointed out in the caption for the August picture. The leaves are clearly not the narrow pine-like leaves of a matai, but the characteristic red stems and broader leaves of the mapou tree.
Last year’s error of the missing Saturdays in July led to weekends and public holidays being shaded green on the 2011 calendar. School holidays are depicted in pale green and moon phases are also included.
If you’d like to see more of the places portrayed in the calendar, Raglan Ramblers meet at 9am each Wednesday (except mid summer) in the Wainui Rd car park next to the Fire Station. All are welcome to join the 5 to 15km walks. There is no charge, except to share petrol costs, or for boat fares. If you’d like to help Friends of Wainui restore the bush area of the Reserve, join them from 9am on alternate Mondays. The next work morning is Monday 13th in the bush area just south of the Harbour Care Nursery on Wainui Rd.