2 Feb 2024

Summertime and the listening is easy.

From Three to Seven, 3:05 pm on 2 February 2024
RNZ Concert Listeners

Justin Topzand's field of sunflowers are like 'an outdoor art gallery'. Photo: Supplied

RNZ Concert's Three to Seven listeners continue to delight with photos and anecdotes of where they're picking up the music, and what they're doing as it wafts around their ears.

Justin Topzand from Kerikeri gave host Bryan Crump a veritable 'dopamine hit' when he sent a photo of his view from the office – a field of sunflowers as far as the eye can see. 

Justin, who runs a blueberry orchard and ice cream shop with his partner Buffy, says the sunflowers this year were an experiment.

"We just decided to do a sunflower field for the public to wander through... like an outdoor art gallery."

"I know nothing about growing sunflowers, so it was all a bit of a punt. We put down the seed and they grew, and they're just stunningly beautiful."

He says he often tunes into RNZ Concert through his earmuffs while working with heavy machinery, enjoying  an idyllic view of orchard, paddocks, and rows of blueberries.

Fittingly, his musical request was the 'Flower Duet' from Lakme by Delibes. 

"I'm a sucker for women singing a beautiful duet."

Meanwhile in Stoke, just outside Nelson, Anne Spear told Crump she is usually in repose while listening to RNZ Concert.

"Often I am lying on the bed, reclining, relaxing."

When asked if she falls asleep while listening Anne confessed that she is sometimes "guilty of a nana nap. It's true".

Today, Anne - host of a local Nelson radio folk music show "Focus on Folk" - requested The Godfather Waltz, from Rota's film score for the Francis Ford Coppola movie.

Justin and Anne's names were the ones that came out of the hat, but once again, photos and music suggestions came in from around the world.

RNZ Concert Listeners

A snow covered church in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo: Supplied

David Ray says he is enjoying the RNZ Concert music from his patch of paradise in Cleveland, in the USA.

"This is the view from where I listen... Our nearest neighbor is this lovely church. The snow cover is unusually light for this time of winter in Ohio."

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Caroline listens from Riverton on Southland's south coast. "Concert's music is a joy, and when I lift my eyes from my handcraft, I get the joy of this view." Photo: Supplied

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Belinda was listening to us at Mangawhai Heads "pottering in the garden".  Photo: Supplied

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Jahn sent this from South Otago; "A bit of Bruch here in beautiful Balclutha's Naish Park would be Bellissima". Maybe next time Jahn. Photo: Supplied

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Barry listens with this view of Ohope in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.  Photo: Supplied

You can send your request, and your photos to threetoseven@rnz.co.nz 

Or text us on 8824.

Who knows? You might get lucky after 3pm next Friday afternoon. 

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