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We’re back home again after a great few days away in Taranaki.  It was so good to go back for a while and very tempting to stay! The drive down was wonderful, Autumn is fantastic time to travel through the country and a lot of NZs highways are dotted with ranges and farmlands so the view was great the whole way down the island. Well, technically across and down as we live on the opposite coastline!

I took photos on the way there and have other photos to come as soon as I have resized them!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Top photo: Corrogated Iron Kiwi in Otrohonga aka Kiwi Town! Next photo: An autumn highway photo through the windscreen…just before Otrohonga. Photo 3: Mokau- just before the Taranaki region officially begins. Photo 4: My mountain. Ok, everyones Mountain. The fabulous Mount Taranaki (also known as Mt Egmont) taken at the first peak we got of Taranaki. By the time we’d travelled closer and around her the cloud had tucked the moutain away again! Hard to believe that this could be invisiable but it’s true! I did get photos later though!

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A few more shots from the “Muse Me’ event. Kids were more than welcome to join in (as you can see) and they were quick to do so!

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Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

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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.

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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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I spotted this on the wall at the intermediate. I love the light play amongst the foliage around it as much as the art work  itself!

Tomorrow I have quite a few photos to share from the Ra Whakangahau Maori Cultural event my son was involved in just recently. See you there!

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Totem style poles from the ‘sensory garden’ at Greerton Village Primary school. I love the contrast they provide with the stormy sky as well as the cute cartoons painted on them. I wouldn’t mind some for my garden at home.! (Maybe not in fluro green though….)

The Greerton Village Primary School Kapahaka Group performing at the the welcome ceremony for the “Catwalk Conquest Tour” an organisation raising funds and awarness for people with spinal injuries. I will be posting more on that tomorrow including some cool pics of the wheelchair modified trike.

The cultural perfomance recieved a good response from the crowd as well as the organisers. It’s quite a moving experience and ofcourse, unique to New Zealand.

Its election time and this politician wasn’t about to miss great photo opportunity! He’s a National Party MP not a Green but I won’t hold it againts him:)

 

  Click on the images to see them much bigger than they appear here.

These mosaics are on the low rock walls around the Greerton Village Square. The mosaics are set out around the area periodically and make the area nice to walk around in, especially in early spring when there is the bonus of Pink Cherry blossoms as well!