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Selwyn Times: August 08, 2018

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26 Wednesday August 8 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES dISCOVER Fresh flowers for every occasion After flying high as a member of Air New Zealand’s cabin crew for many years, three years ago West Melton resident Sandy Sharp landed on a different pathway, re-training in floristry and starting her own home-based business, Miss Lily Flowers. Flowers are Sandy’s passion, and she would like to see more New Zealanders following the European style of always having fresh flowers in the home. She plays her part in making them readily available with her mobile flower trailer, named Connie, which she sets up in Cathedral Square Christchurch every Friday and at the West Melton Market on Saturday mornings. At her Miss Lily Flowers studio in West Melton Sandy creates exquisite floral arrangements for every occasion in life – from weddings to funerals, birthdays to anniversaries. “I prefer a more natural look for bouquets and arrangements and I’m finding there is quite a following for that. I love the creativity of the process and also the contact with people that floristry gives me.” She also provides floral arrangements for the real estate sector when homes for sale are staged for presentation to potential purchasers. Orders for floral arrangements can be placed through the Miss Lily Flowers Facebook page by email to misslilyflowers@xtra.co.nz, or by calling 021 342 924. Sandy will be happy to discuss your requirements and create a memorable arrangement, whatever the occasion calls for. Sandy Sharp working in her mobile flower trailer, Connie. New sections in Wilfield, West Melton A wide range of new sections are now available at Wilfield. Pop in to our sales and information office to find out more. Call us on 03 741 1340 or mail enquiries@yoursection.nz. DISCOVER To promote your Business in the next West Melton feature Contact: Elaine Moon Ph. 03 364 7436 or 021 914 335 elaine.moon@starmedia.kiwi Miss Lily Flowers Hand Picked For You For all your floral needs, for any occasion. Functions, corporate, celebrations, weddings, sympathy and more at competitive rates. Ph. 021 342 924 misslilyflowers@xtra.co.nz FIND THE PERFECT GIFT AT UNICHEM WEST MELTON BRowsE ouR lARGE RANGE IN sToRE! National and International postal services available SALES AND INFORMATION OFFICE, 2 Kingsdowne Drive, West Melton. OPEN Wed and Sun 1-3pm. Or by appointment at 145 Papanui Road, Christchurch. Mon-Fri. West Melton Pharmacy Shop 12, 736 Weedons Ross Road, West Melton Phone 03 347 0777 Fax 03 347 0888

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday August 8 2018 27 Meet the alpacas at Sherlin Alpaca stud farm Established in 1999 by Lindsay and Sheryl Riddle, the delightful Sherlin Alpaca stud farm is sited on 22 hectares of land between West Melton and Templeton. Starting with five alpacas, the couple gradually increased their herd and they now have around 300 head, from which they breed to sell stock and also shear the fibre for making alpaca products. They carry the two alpaca breeds – the Huacaya, which has a coat similar to a sheep fleece, and the Suri, which has a fleece like dreadlocks. Both breeds come in all the alpaca colours – black, brown, fawn, grey and white. Lindsay says alpacas are easy to care for, have personality, and make ideal pets for a lifestyle block. They eat grass when it’s plentiful and meadow hay, lucerne baleage or lucerne chaff in the winter. The young alpacas are halter trained at Sherlin, so they can be taken for walks. For anyone interested in acquiring two or more animals, Lindsay and Sheryl will provide all the necessary advice on their care and requirements. “We like to get to know the people who are looking to buy alpacas and we explain how and why we got into breeding them and what they can expect,” Lindsay says. Sherlin Alpaca offers farm tours, during which visitors can see the alpacas and hand feed them. They also have a shop with a wide selection of alpaca-orientated products on display. These include items hand-knitted by Sheryl such as clothes for babies and children up to five years of age. They design and make their own thermal socks, which are very popular, and the Comfy Sock, a bed sock suitable for diabetics, or anyone who has cold feet in bed. They also have garments from Peru, the home country of the alpaca. Lindsay and Sheryl take their mobile unit and alpacas to A&P Shows around Canterbury, while the 2018 National Alpaca Show being held in Christchurch at the A&P Showgrounds from October 5-7 is an opportunity for the public to see the country’s top alpacas compete for Best in Show. An alpaca shown by Sherlin won the honour at the first National Show in 2004. To book a farm tour, or for further enquiries, phone 349 7524, see their website www.sherlin-alpaca.co.nz or visit the alpaca shop at Sherlin Alpaca, 43 Lawford Road. NOW OPEN IN WEST MELTON Your Friendly West Melton Community Vet Centre West Melton Village, Unit 3, 736 Weedons Ross Rd P 03 347 4546 E nurses@westmeltonvets.co.nz OPENING DATE 25 AUGUST 9.30am - 1pm every Saturday rain or shine! Great variety of stalls Still some spaces available Plenty of parking 254 Lawford Rd. Westmelton. Contact Taylah 022 084 9790 GOLD CARD LUNCHES MON - FRI Woodfired Pizzas / Full Menu • $20 Pizzas Mon / Tues • $7 Beers 4-6pm Every day • Gaming Room • Tues Quiz Nights • $15 Burgers Wed • $15 Curry Thurs / Fri • Roasts every lunch and Sunday nights $22 • Function room - Fundraisers/private dining • Takeaways Available • Open 7 days Coffee/Lunch/Dinner Open 11.30am Mon-Sat | Ph 03 421 6481 Sunday Breakfast from 9am West Melton Village, Weedons Ross Road www.twofatpossums.co.nz Courtesy Van available