I've got the guilts again. This is not a good state. You see, after writing an editorial on Friday encouraging everyone to go to the tourism expo in Blenheim yesterday, I didn't make it.
It wasn't a case of just not caring and giving it a miss.
Saturday was such a miserable day, and little was achieved.
So when the sun broke out yesterday, there was much rushing around and doing things. To the point where, at 2.30pm on the way back from taking a load of garden rubbish to the dump, I realised I wasn't going to get to the expo by the time it closed at 3pm.
So I carried on and did a few more jobs then, fittingly, ended up mowing the lawns as the rain started again.
It was one of those weekends, although it had started out well on Friday with two good events. The first was the launch of the biennial Marlborough Environment Awards at Wither Hills, where I was chatting with a couple of long-time Marlborough men who well remember the region when it was covered by arable farms. They don't see the move to vineyards as all bad, but really stress the need to look after the environment.
The second event was the annual dinner organised by the Blenheim South Rotary Club to raise funds for the St Mark's drug and alcohol programme and Special Olympics. The auctioneers managed to drag more than $41,000 from the crowd.
The highlight for me was guest speaker Sir Ray Avery, the English-born New Zealander of the year described as scientist, inventor and social entrepreneur. I would like to hear him speak more seriously about his approach to life and business. It might have helped organise the weekend better and I would have made it to the expo - which from all accounts went well, I'm pleased to hear.
- The Marlborough Express