We have family living not far from Tauranga, in a smalller but rapidly growing area called KatiKati.  Katikati is much better know for it’s murals, heritage museum and thriving kiwifruit industry than its lifestyle blocks but there are still a few around as these photos show! I wouldn’t mind waking up and coming home to these scenes each day!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

Awwww…..I’d be the worst farmer. I’d want to name all of them. First and Middle names!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

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.

 

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.

 

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

Maketu beach is not far from Te Puke and still in the Bay of Plenty. About a 45 minute trip from here although quicker on the bike!

The red roof that you can see in the background if you have good eyes is actually a Marae (Maori meeting house and a very importnant part of Maori culture.) You can see a big Norfollk Pine too. This species of tree was introduced to NZ by the early Brittish settlers and were quite often planted on the coast line and used as navigational aides. I’m not sure if this particular tree has historical significances but you can see why they were used! 

      

I was quite suprised to find this Baracuda washed up on the beach. I would say it hadn’t been there long because 1) it was still there and the birds hadn’t made a meal of it! and 2) because it didn’t smell! I even picked it up for a closer look as I had never seen one before. No I didn’t bring it home! I did bring some shells home though. I was suprised at how many intact shells were on the beach given how many rocks there are.

There were hundreds of these curly shells on the beach. I found this lovely ‘still life’ just like this. The big shell is a horse mussel. I don’t usualy see them intact either as the shell is suprisingly thin. I have baskets of these twirly shells (don’t know there name though!) so didn’t bring any home. Actually I didn’t bring any home because I didn’t know I was going to the beach today. The joys of riding pillion, my husband knows where we are going and I just hang on! lol. When we pulled up the first thing I said was “You could have told me I’d need a bag!” lol. I did find some very big shells (hermit crab?) which I managed to stuff (litteraly) into the pockets of my leather jacket and down the front. When I got home I found out one of them still had it’s occupant. Oh gross. So now I have to figure out what to do with a dead crab thats still inside the shell without breaking the shell. I can’t believe I have a big crab in my pocket! My DH was quite amused I must say! I will post a photo of the shells soon. Preferably minus crab.

OPPS! He did it again….

Yes he did! Can you believe that another recycling truck (not the same one but from the same company) crashed on the very same road as it did last time? Almost unbelievable! There was a car behind that trailer too and people working on that house. I didn’t see the crash this time but I commented on how fast the truck was going just seconds before I heard the huge bang. I grabbed my camera and ran straight out. (Last time I called 111 first…) There was someone on the back of the truck this time too. The poor guy who jumps off and grabs the bins was thrown from the trailer and suffered a head injury. He was walking around afterwards  holding his head and ended up jumping in the car that was only just missed to go to the hospital. I havn’t heard how he is but the road has huge gouges in it and this time a lot of official people turned up to survey the scene. There was nothing wrong with the road before the crash…this is a classic case of someone going to fast. Thankfully I didn’t cost any one their life (or house or car!)

Well, back to reality now. I’ve cooked 2 batches of choc chip coookies and made a weetbix slice while waiting for my photos to load so this post has taken me about an hour to write! lol. Time to cook tea:)

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!

Miss 7 couldn’t resist trying to catch the rainbow that was reflected onto my jersey and I couldn’t resist catching her on camera doing it! We went to Memorial park today, clear winter skies and chilly breeze. I took photos and will post here soon!

If there’s one thing I like as much as all things nest related it’s shells. What’s not to like about a basket full of shells? Especially ones collected from the beach with your kids.