Hackneyed phrases such as ‘pillars of the community’ spring to mind when writing about Robin and Simon Barclay. Not to mention ‘park-like grounds’ in connection with their Matakana home. But in this case, both are true.
When we catch up, it’s a stinkin’ hot afternoon and Louis is out in it, dipping honey boxes - a process using natural wax to preserve the honey frames. Born and bred in Mangawhai, Louis had ten acres to roam and run on as a kid and his cousins were neighbours along the same estuary.
One would assume when given just two simple ingredients, that the number of possible flavour combinations would be fairly easy to predict. However, in the hands of chocolate maker David Herrick, the results are numerous, surprising, and you could even say; symphonic.
Matakana Botanicals is having a very good year. Company director Danvers Devereux is celebrating an amazing 30-year anniversary in the business, and a further ten years for the Great Barrier Island Bee Co.
Sally Dawson and Chris Moreton never planned to take up country life. The pair, both real estate agents, were happy in the city until a client purchased a four bay Victorian villa on a rear site in Greenlane, believed to have once belonged to Sir John Logan Campbell.