Aotearoa Retreat Centre Project
Old farmhouse roof gets some TLC
Last week a team of Ren Xue teachers rolled their sleeves up & got some much needed roof painting completed on the old farmhouse in Onekaka. The farm house has quite the history - previously a family home for most of its life, as well as being a post office starting back in 1912. The bustling little village of Onekaka had an iron works in those days, and used to export iron down the wharf back to the UK. After being a post office for the schooners coming in and out at the wharf, and for the locals to get their precious mail, it became a library and all through also remained a home for local people. So, we hope to continue it's purpose as a place of learning and sharing knowledge and family as a Ren Xue Community House. The location is utterly beautiful - heres the view down the estuary across the lower farm, taken from the rooftop.
A special thankyou to John Shepherd, Derek Hamblett, Ariel Linklater, Marie-Laure Darricarrere & Ollie Clifton for helping out on what proved to be a sunny, warm, & fun-filled week. Great team work from all involved! A thankyou to Jackie Blunt as well for hosting John & Ollie during the week, on top of everything else she is doing to manage the Ren Xue farm in Steve's absence at the moment - top effort all round.
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