Graham Smith spends time in one of his favourite places, his garden.
Graham Smith spends time in one of his favourite places, his garden. Emma Channon

Burst of life puts spring in step

FOR Ann Gartner and Graham Smith, there is no better time of the year than spring.

Temperatures are warming up, the grass is outgrowing its winter brown colour and the flowers are coming into bloom.

And for the two garden enthusiasts, watching their plants spring into life is one of their greatest joys.

“We love spending time in the garden – there's just never enough time though,” Ms Gartner said.

“The salvias are such a beautiful colour and they smell spectacular.”

The pair moved into their home 10 years ago and built the garden from scratch. Mr Smith said his trees had been “knocked around a bit” from winter frosts but everything else was coming along well.

Students at TAFE were treated to a spring marvel this week when they witnessed the birth of a foal.

The horse breeding students had been waiting for two weeks for their thoroughbred mare Taiaroa to give birth, and rural teacher Kelly Monckton said it finally happened on Tuesday.

“We were going to stay the night if she began to show signs,” she said.

“The students were out and they saw her lying down and rang me and said, ‘It's happening!'”

With Taiaroa's calm nature, the group of seven was able to watch the birth from just metres away. Ms Monckton said it took just 15 minutes for the well-seasoned mother to give birth to her colt.

The students have yet to settle on a name for the new member of the family. It is likely the colt will be sold at the yearling sales to kick start his racing career.

As spring kicks off today, Warwick residents – especially those who battle asthma and allergies – have been reminded to be wary of pollen.

August Temperatures

Coldest day: August 10, –1.8 degrees

Warmest day: August 26, 23.4 degrees

Average minimum temperature: 4.5 degrees

Average maximum temperature: 19.4 degrees

Total rainfall: 51.4mm over 14 days



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