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

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

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!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

My 2 youngest wait for the parade to start. Rumour has it Santa’s on his way!

 Cute Kids Bag pipes and the Scottish Marching Band

I love the excitement of the bag pipes. They are traditional at our parades and signal the start of something good!

Belly Dancers!

Pacific Island Cultural Group

Horses and Gypsy Carriage

Look at those blus skies! Lucky weren’t we? My eldest was very pleased to see the horses.

Maori Cultural Group. Te Rereatukahia Marae.

Alvin and the Chipmunks  

Santa has a wind-up mini! It's true!

The chipmunks had a sign saying “Please don’t cut down our home!” I guess they are pro-synthetic trees!

Mrs Claus and Santa

Mrs Claus drives a tractor over these ways! The elves socks are very cool. I’d wear them! lol

Angels and Polar BearsSnoopy's Christmas 

The classic flyers museum put in a float too and played Snoopy’s Christmas. Very apt!

Santa and the Reindeer

The jolly fat man himself! There were so many people wearing Santa hats on the floats I almost missed the “real” Santa. 

Kati Kati is about 25 minutes from Tauranga when the traffic is good.  Tauranga (would you believe) isn’t having a parade. The KK parade was also under threat and an article was put in the paper saying that if it wasn’t supported then this would be the last one. Thankfully it was well supported! In these credit crunching times it was a really nice experience to see the community groups pull together the business’s to put on a parade and it was equally lovely to see so many excited kids out enjoying it! Sure makes ya feel all festive dosn’t it?

This wheelchair modified trike drew a crowd of interested bike riders, wheelchair users and photographers:)

See more about the trike, the conquest tour and the awesome welcoming ceremony on the post below (Kapa Haka. Tauranga DP #21)

My eldest daughter (below) enjoyed talking to some of the other people there as much as she did seeing the bikes!

This trike wasn’t modified- I just like  it:)