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Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Some of the lovely art from the Greerton Village Primary School Art Exhibition hosted by the Papatuanuku House.

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Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Above, prize giving. The coloured t.shirts all represent a different school. Greerton’s are maroon. Wonderful weather for play!

Below, The team from Greerton Village primary having a quick pep talk during practise. All up the teams played 5 games against other primary schools from our area.Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

This wonderful Kereru (NZ native wood pigeon) was quite happy for me to take it’s photo. I got 3 or 4 of it while it was perched here despite the fact that I had a group of 6 noisy school kids nearby. I was thrilled to spot it and even more thrilled to get photos.  When it flew off it actually flew so close to me that I felt the breeze from it’s wings at the top of my head! What a buzz for a bird fanatic like me! I took this in a walk through aviary at Hamilton Zoo and although we had to rush in this trip I will be doing a very slow walk through when we go back as a family. I saw a Weka in another part of the Zoo (although it was not as photogenic!) and I’d never seen a Weka before (except for on the Tv) so I was doubly happy!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

I did a quick google search on Kereru before this post and I found this great site which I hope you will check out. It has several short Kereru videos including one so drunk on fermented berries it actually falls out of the tree! There’s a longer video on the home page that shows some of the stunning forest’s that Kereru and many other native birds live in if you feel like a bit of “bush walking!” I also found this video clip on YouTube of a Weka going about it’s daily business. The Weka looks like it’s a cross between out native Kiwi and Pukeko’s. In the background you can also hear the call of a Morepork.

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

 Yesterday I attended a creativity day run by The learning connexion and held at the Tauranga Art gallery. I like the contrast between our 2 rooms! One is ordered and quiet the other is bright and bursting with colour! (Although I did wait until most of the gallery’s visitors had moved out of the shot before I took this photo.) For more on the creativity day please see my Art blog.

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

McLaren’s falls, just off the state highway on the way over the Kaimai ranges.

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One of the musicians who came and added to the lovely open air atmosphere.

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright  Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

The free ‘muse me’ event was organised by the council as part of the annual ‘Sustainable backyards’ month. I was thrilled to bits when I saw the event advertised in the paper and couldn’t wait to go and check it out! ‘Muse Me’ was about artists creating art from the environment, while being accompanied by musicians.  95% of the materials used were found in the environment they were used in and there was plenty for the kids to do too. Members were asked to bring a picnic lunch, take home all rubbish and a tree planting ceremony took place to off-set the carbon emissions. Wahoo! Go Tauranga! We arrived at 10-45 and left just after 2pm- just before the ‘open air shakespear’ play.  Next year I’m going to participate as an artists…and bring more food so we can stay for the whole thing!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

This  bird creation attracted a lot of attention, along with the face on the hill. All od the artworks are being left in the hands of mother nature to re-intergrate back into the environment…and I am sure provide a suprise for others who come to enjoy the park! Over the next few days I will be posting close up images of some of these creations as well as a few others on my art blog. Please come over and take a closer look!

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Go! team go!! My (not so little) baby is the red haired girl cheering her team on.  She came 4th in all her races and narrowly missed out on a placing in the finals. I am (ofcourse!) a proud Mama!

Busy, busy days! Fun too though and I am sure you will agree that that is the right sort of busy! Monday I spent camera-less at a school beach trip ( sometimes I miss my small camera!) It was a great day but 5 hours spent with 60 or so kids on the beach in 26 deg heat is totally exhausting! How do kids do it? lol

Tuesday was spent at Waimarino, this time with my camera in hand for most of it as you can see! It’s a fabulous place for a school trip! I kyaked for the first time in quite a few years and atleast this time the kids came home as tired as I was!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

I have 3 more photos to post tommorrow, I would post them now but the kids will think they’re being starved! lol

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