The light was just starting to fade when I was at ‘my’ pond taking photos while the kids rode their bikes and admired the ducks and ducklings with me. The wild daisies are so lush and beautiful this time of year.

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I wasn’t very pleased to notice the fly that snuck into my photo once I got home! Che sera sera as my Dad would say!


What can you do to help fight poverty? The answer is simple.

Acknowlege it and then take Action.

There’s no shame in feeling the effects of poverty but there is shame seeing it and doing nothing about it.

This years INTERNATIONAL BLOG ACTION DAY has put the international spotlight on POVERTY. As of 8.35pm on the eve of this years blog action day there was an impressive  8,559 blogs registered to participate. Imagine that! 8,559 bloggers who care enough about helping bring poverty out of the shadows and into the public eye.

Wikipedia defines poverty as ‘deprivation of common necessities that determine the quality of life, including food, clothing, shelter and safe drinking water, and may also include the deprivation of opportunities to learn, to obtain better employment to escape poverty, and/or to enjoy the respect of fellow citizens… read the rest of this definition on the wikipedia website.

Mother Teresa said “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”

Hopefully the share number of bloggers who participate in International Blog Action day and the anticipated  9,164,283 readers  at least goes some way towards helping build stronger communities and making things at least a little bit better.  Acknowledging poverty won’t make it go away but little by little we can make a difference…James Allen said  “As in the rankest soil the most beautiful flowers are grown, so in the dark soil of poverty the choicest flowers of humanity have developed and bloomed.”

Fortunately, some of the best things in life are free. You’ve probably heard it before, spending time with our families is free and living and laughing together is free. It may sound a little cliche but that doesn’t make it any less true. 

“Many good things have been lost to poverty, but it takes no money at all to step outside and appreciate our natural heritage. Poverty can’t steal from you somrthing that  is already free.”

The top 3 photos were all taken at this walking track, less than 6km from Tauranga’s city centre. It’s there for anyone to enjoy- rich or poor!

It doesn’t have to cost money to create memories  and preserving our heritage doesn’t need to cost money.Treasure what you have, do what you can to make the world a nicer place and remember that poverty, no matter how severe can’t steal from you that which is already free.


Yesterday while walking back to the school to pick my kids up I stopped and took photo’s of these beautiful Tui’s. They are quite big birds and make a lot of noise chasing each other about and flirting madly! There’s so many Tui’s around at the moment and I am very pleased to have gotten some photos.  There’s no way to get a better vantage point for these photo’s as the tree is so tall but I guess the height and the relative saftey it offers is a big part of why there are so many Tui’s! It is certainly not the only Kowhai tree around in full flower right now. I’d never noticed how many Kowhai there actually are in Greerton until this Spring, Greerton is much better known for it’s Cherry trees. There’s an annual cherry blossom festival complete with the Miss Cherry Blossom Beauty Pagent and a Spring themed photo competition. Of course I entered! I am not sure how I placed but I will post a copy of my entry when I do:)

Under the canopy of Pink. Nobody knows how to decorate like Mother Nature!

Greerton in Spring

Greerton in Spring

Oh, yay! The cherry blossom trees are ….blossoming! I love Greerton at this time of year. Check out this small seating area in Greerton, opposite the kids school and a stones throw from the city centre.

It’s not hard to imagine the peacefulness of sitting under this dreamy pink canopy on a stunning spring day. Imagine taking your lunch break here or walking through barefoot, camera in hand as I did.

Spring in Greerton

Spring in Greerton

I applaude the councils efforts to keep the area clean, although I have to wonder how many rubbish bins a small are such as this actually needs? There are atleast 3 others not shown here and there are also the bins that are on the actual street. With a little photo-shopping the bins, parking sign, and the spot would be gone in an instant and this would make a great area to get married in. So pretty and princess like!

Nature never fails to impress me with her majesty and grace.  At this time of year Magnolia’s are in full bloom everywhere. Trees big and small in various shades of pink, maroon and white providing a flurry of colour againts bleak rain filled skies during the last of the winter months. Days like today when the trees are cast againts blue skies and fluffy clouds are even better. Even more magnificant and giving the trees that awe me so much in Autumn a decent dose of competition. I couldn’t choose between them though. One fo the first really good photos I took with my current camera when it was still new and shiney was of a magnolia. I’d never really noticed how wonderful these trees are before I got a camera. All of a sudden I was seeing lots of things that I had never seen before. It’s amazing to me now that I could miss something so beautiful.


I will post the pink Magnolia that I have been admiring first, it stands behind the staff room at my childrens school and can be seen from many places around Greerton Village. The caretaker of the school came out when he saw me taking photos and was telling me that this particular tree is a protected tree. Something to do with it’s age and place in local history. He wasn’t sure of the story though so I will have to do some research.



I hope you enjoy the photos.  There’s white magnoilia flowers to come.

I think Spring is a little comfused! Here’s the evidence!

A daffidol in at the start of August! I bought myself a bunch of flowers this week to congratulate myself on giving up smoking. Modest arn’t I? I choose daff’s as you can see. I have a vase full of lovely spring ‘yellowness’ 20 or so daffidols blooming loud and proud!