I can never seem to pick just one photo especially when the sky is spoiling me with scenes like this! Tu Meke (too meh-key) translates to ‘awesome, outsanding, excellent…” I’m sure you’ll  agree.

 

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Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

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These were taken from the wharf at the Strand in Tauranga. Just a few hundred meters down the road and across are the bars and resturants of the city… the wharf is a great fishing spot and people like to jump off it to swim as well. I was there for fishing not jumping:) We were catching and releasing with a bait catcher and bread, the haul included 2 shrimp, 4 yellow spotties and 4 brown fish as yet unidentified! These birds now it’s a good spot to score a free feed too!

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Boat photos to come…

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I’m not sure if its a good or a bad thing but the empty section opposite our house recieved a make-over today. As you can see it’s hot and dry here, the dust clouds billowed up behind the tractor as it spat our the remains of the wild daisies and fennel flowers that have often appeared here! I liked the rustle made by the dry seed heads and the camoflage it provided the birds and insects but for some reason (fire risk maybe?)  it was D day today and now it’s time for the cycle to start all over again. 

I confess that I hope the section stays empty though…the pond is just over the brow and it’s a handy shortcut!  This field also features in many of my sunset photos, its selfish of me I know but it won’t be the same with a big ol’ house stuck in the middle of them!

Our advent calendar is full, the baking is done and the Pavlova’s cooling in the oven as I type. I can almost hear those sleigh bells and the jolly HO! HO! HO! of  Saint Nic as his arrival in NZ fast approaches….I kid you not when I say that my children are now counting in ‘hours’ till Christmas instead of days or sleeps! That is  half the joy though isn’t it? Sleepless anticipation of the following morning when you finally get to see what is in the mysterious parcels under the tree, hopeful expectations that Santa thinks you’ve been good enough and the delicious thoughts of all the yummy food that will be scoffed the next day. MMmmmm! 

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This is our home-made ‘Advent’ calendar. Each day the kids took a little envelope out of the ‘Christmas’ tin and in it was a card (made by them) and a note from me. The note gave them an activity to do that day that reflected the real spirit of Christmas for example ” do something kind for your sister”  or if they were lucky they pulled out one that said that they could help make a pudding or some other treat. Simple as it is the kids looked forward to their turn on the calendar!  Now that it is so close I admit that even I am getting a little excited. I can’t wait to see the JOY on their faces when they see what they’ve been given and I’m looking forward to sitting down with family to enjoy a great meal (well..two actually!) and I am truly greatful that no grinches have stolen Christmas! I feel truly blessed and hope that where ever it is you and yours are that your Christmas will be wonderful!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!, BUON NUTALE!, MERRI KIRIHIMETE!!

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This friendly Santa waits outside his house for the kids who’ve come to enjoy the lights. We were here a few years back when he stepped out his front door and boy were the kids surprised! It really made there night and I think Santa enjoys himself too. 

There’s been a noticeable drop in the amount of houses all decked out for the lights trail this year. Either people are saving money by not displaying thousands of twinkling lights or they’re not investing in new lights.  In previous years the kids were almost guaranteed to come home with a good stash of lollies too. Not now. Another noticeable effect of the credit crunch is the lack of cars driving around the streets looking at lights. Often I’ve been in a trail of cars or have had to park and walk. Even the CBD didn’t put up there huge light displays this year…lots of people have complained about that but from a business point of view they are just an expenditure and collectively they decided that less is well…just less this year. Inadvertently though the environment does stand to benefit from the reduced energy use and carbon emissions….that has to be a silver lining in of sorts in these harder times. Hopefully the harder times will also result in people realising that it’s not the lights, the sweet treats or even the presents that make Christmas, Christmas. It’s the people we love, our family and friends that make it special. Awwwwww…..

Buon Nutale!  Miri Kirihimete! Merry Christmas!

PS: Don’t pull the beard, Santa himself assured me this one is real:)

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I took these photo’s on my Pohutakawa walk along the beach at Memorial Park.

I’m not sure what the fuzzy, brown moss is growing on the rocks but I can atleast identify the shells as being mussels and the green seaweed as being sea-lettuce. I found a few jelly-fish too.

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It was quite amazing walking under the trees, my feet making squishy footprints and the birds flitting about above me. It was very peaceful and serene, almost like another world far away from the city!

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As I mentioned in yesterdays post the summer school holidays have just started and the kids are now home until Feb 04 09!  As  a kid I remember lovely days at the beach, hours playing in the water and climbing Pohutakawa trees and picnics! Hopefully we will be doing a lot of that these holidays too!

Off to try and catch up on what you have all been up too, my visits have been very sporadic of late and that’s not about to improve with only 5 sleeps left till CHRISTMAS!!! I’ll do my best though:)