Country Life

Friday 21 November 2014, with Carol Stiles, Susan Murray, Cosmo Kentish-Barnes & Duncan Smith

When Country Comes to Town


harryHarry Prestcott-Ballagh and Hunter.

The Canterbury A&P Show is an annual event that showcases the very best of New Zealand farming and rural life.

The three day event attracted more than 100,000 visitors this year and received over 7,000 livestock and feature competition entries across 20 competition sections.

Cosmo Kentish-Barnes was there to soak up the atmosphere and meet some of the livestock competitors and trade exhibitors.

(Below) James Cochrane, Kelvyn Scott, Bill Sutherland, James Stewart, Victoria and Patrick Roskam, Sarah Heddell, Fergie McCormick, Kate Campbell and Doug Bain.

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Glamping Camping


View of the property

A Manawatu farming couple, Sarah and Angus Gilbertson, have become one of nearly a dozen New Zealanders to set up a glamorous camping business on their property.

The large, white canvas tents with wooden floors, crisp white linen and running hot water, add another level to the usual camping experience. Guests can relax in an outdoor bath, go walking and help shear a sheep.

Inside a tent
The matai floors come from the old farm cottage and the pot belly stove provides warmth in winter

View of the hillside with tents
The glamping site is tucked into a hillside for shelter, with views south over a farm wetland and Manawatu farmland.

Sarah Gilbertson preparing food
Guests can either cater for themselves, or have meals provided. The utility shed is part of an old farm cottage.

Presenting the Peripatus


Brian Hales farm is home to the rare, slug-like peripatus.

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Regional Wrap


High winds have made working outside miserable in much of the country.

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