Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

This mural was created by local artists with the dual purpose of celebrating the Maori New Year (Matariki) and to discourge tagging on the previously bare wall at the Greerton Library. I love the birds especially!

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Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

It’s time for a sweet goodbye, not to me ofcourse but to Autumn. Alas, it can not last for ever as much as I would love it too. I am not sure if it’s winter by the calendar yet but it is mostly definately frosty and the leaves are all but gone from most of the trees that recently boasted bright and lush bursts of colour. Here are a few pics that I havn’t yet had the chance to upload. Previously due to my sick computer (oh what a season to do that in!) and more recently due to kids having a winter cold. I have certainly loved Autumn with my eyes this year!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Winter has it’s glory to ofcourse and without winter we would not have the rain for the new growth of spring…so onward and upward it is!

 I think Cherry trees are almost perfect! The provide a fantastic show in both Spring and Autumn and their branches stretch out to form a stunning canopy of colour. I took this photo the other day before picking the kids up from school and the cherry blossom photo is obviously from my archives. I didn’t set out with the intention of replicating the photo in it’s opposite  but when I got there I realised I could and tried to remember where it was I had stood. My memory served me pretty well! I think the courtyard (in Greerton) looks equally good in both seasons although if you want to see some more  of  spring please visit my blogging friend John who recently posted a lovely spring shot from his backyard.

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

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….)

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:)

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:)