Cherry Spit Pitting Contests Or, Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas From?

cherriesNo, I haven’t lost the plot, these two subjects are related – kinda. Next month, I’m off to Cromwell in the South Island of New Zealand to research two new books and attend the Annual Cherry Pit Spitting Competition. The winner of the Cromwell CPSC gets free entry to an even bigger CPSC held near Perth, Australia.  Cromwell and the surrounding area is one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand. It gets very hot in summer and very cold in winter which attracts lots of skiers to the area. Cromwell  produces alot of  fruit, in particular cherries and grapes which explains why there’s vineyards and cherry orchards there.

Long drives on my own are times when I often think up ideas for stories, although to be fair, one of them had been percolating in my head for awhile. On the car ride north it suddenly became STUNNINGLY CLEAR – at least to me, it did – that this was not one, but two books. Sigh. I do love those moments. One book was set in a cherry orchard and the other in a vineyard. When I told my husband about them he said, “You do realise I know somebody who’s mother owns a cherry orchard in Cromwell, don’t you?” He did? Bless him!

So I got in touch with the friend and I’m off. In December. To Cromwell! I read up on the rules for the Cherry Spit Competition. There’s four categories, best man spitter, woman spitter, boy spitter and girl spitter. They each get three pits the same size. They must spit down the course that is marked out with orange cones and each spit is measured. Can’t wait. I would give it a try. But I’m more likely to inhale and choke myself than spit and win. Anyway, I promise to report back and let you know.

If you’d like to see more about the Cromwell CPSC – and to prove that I’m not making this up follow this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJAilsW7n0A



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