Rest-home’s book to launch at show

First look. . . Tapanui nurse Vicki Yarker-Jones holds a copy of the cover of The Patchwork Farmyard , which will be launched at the West Otago A& P Show on Saturday. Ribbonwood Country Home residents provided the stories for the book and school pupils from throughout West Otago were asked to draw the characters for the book. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The Patchwork Farmyard book launch will be held at the West Otago A & P Show on Saturday.

The book comprises stories former Ribbonwood Country Home resident the late Pat McCall wrote about residents’ favourite animals.

The original idea was for school pupils from throughout West Otago to draw characters and then have rest-home residents choose the best drawings to be published in the book.

Unfortunately Mrs McCall died in July before the project was finished.

The project is being coordinated by registered nurse Vicki Yarker-Jones (aka Vicki Purple), who works on a casual basis at the rest-home.

Mrs Yarker-Jones said because the quality of the drawings was so high, it was very difficult to choose winners.

‘‘There were so many cool ones.’’

It was decided to put a collage of the best drawings on one of the pages of the book and use the paintings of the characters Alice Muir, of Milton, had prepared for Mrs McCall about the time her health started to decline rapidly.

The rest of the drawings, made by KidzWay Early Learning Centre, Heriot, Tapanui, and Waikoikoi schools and Blue Mountain College pupils, would be displayed on a wall at Kelso Court during the show.

The book was in the process of being printed at Idealprint in Tapanui.

Mrs Yarker-Jones was very happy with the way the book had turned out, she said.

It was likely the book launch would start about 10am, she said.

The Creative Communities Scheme provided funding to get the book published.

The books would be given away, but if people wanted to make a donation to the Ribbonwood Country Home they could.