Soil sister

2012-07-13 11:45

Catherine Grenfell’s radio career kicked off a decade ago when she worked as Mark Gillman’s PA at 5FM.

‘I did everything from his dry cleaning to organising interviews. I learnt a lot about radio and producing a show and was later asked to present.

A real lucky break,’ she says. The rockstar DJ now has her own show on the station, Live To The Power of 5, that champions local music.

A few years ago, the mom of five discovered the joys of gardening when she decided she wanted to develop a more self-sustaining home.

‘I started a small veggie garden, which grew into a bigger project with a couple of fruit trees.

My kids prefer eating veggies that they’ve grown, rather than store-bought veggies.

I think there is a sense of accomplishment that they had a hand in growing their own food.’

Catherine says part of the pleasure of gardening is messing about in the soil. ‘There’s something inexplicably satisfying about getting my hands dirty while doing something useful,’ she says.

Catherine is also a great fan of flowers, especially sweet peas and ranunculi.

‘I try to plant indigenous and sometimes feel I don’t spend nearly as much time as I would like to in my garden,’ she says. ‘But when I’m in the space, I love watching things that I have planted grow.’

In the future, Catherine would like to do a cooking show for parents and their kids and to continue with her DJing career.

She says radio has taught her to be prepared and that sometimes you have to let things go. ‘Technical things can go wrong when we have

a live band in studio,’ she admits. ‘I’ve had days where we weren’t able to go on air, but as long as you have a backup CD and remain calm, things will be okay.’

» Artistically balanced

If you were on a deserted island, what would you take?

My Leatherman; The Dangerous Book for Boys, because it has loads of things to do, from making a fire to building a raft; a pack of mixed vegetable seeds; a gigantic general knowledge book; and my guitar.

How many tattoos do you have?

I have about 11 or 12, although some of them merge into one. I got my first one when I was 19 and it was a pattern down my ribs.

I love getting something that has meaning and my most recent one was a tribute to my dad, who passed away in January.

What three words describe how you feel about love?

Unconditional, complete and giving.

What is your foolproof recipe?
The one for my grandmother’s apple crumble. It’s super easy and delicious hot or cold.

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