Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hinehopu's Secret Tree

On our last road trip, the other half stopped the car on State Highway 30 to show me this tree. At first I thought "ok it's just a tree" but as I walked closer I could see a small fence-line around it.

In his words it was apparently known locally as "the wishing tree". If you can't read the words very well here's what it says:

"As a baby chieftainess Hinehopu was hidden under this tree by her mother. Disturbed on a journey between Rotoiti and Rotoehu the mother sheltered here from possible discovery from the enemy. Hinehopu grew to be very fond of the forest and was deeply concerned for it's trees and creatures which lived in them. It was under this Matai tree that she met Pikiao the second. They became husband and wife and in time the tree was agreed to be sacred for from their union sprang the Ngati Pikiao tribe and it's many chiefs and subtribes."

Linking up with Our World Tuesday.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Tauranga Art Gallery

This morning for my birthday (I turned 47 today) we visited the Tauranga Art Gallery.  I have mixed thoughts about this place. My grandfather was an artist and painted paintings in water colour and oils, he held exhibitions in Auckland city during the 1960s so I guess that's what I'm use to.

This section "Future Islands" was alot of fun, in particular I liked the Maori storage hut (above) which appears to have a small ornament of the white house inside it, possibly made from bone, we weren't sure.

This area produced by Charles Walker and Kathy Waghorn represents real and imagined projects that show the diversity of our architecture.

The "road at the end of the universe" was a lit up section in another room, we couldn't quite figure it  out but it's creative nonetheless.

I loved this one titled "the space between" by James Ormsby. To me it shows the ground and what's under the sky.

The gallery as we were walking up the stairs with a resident artist illustrating a long scroll from his perch.

This one was cool. "Postcard to Doctor Jacoby" by Hannah and Aaron Beehre was interactive. You can't see in this photo but there were tiny fireflies swarming around the picture whenever you put your hands near it.

I looked at this and had 3 thoughts....what a huge mess, I like the colours and I pity the person that has to clean this up. Weaving Forest by Super Nature.

These bowls were made by The Bowl Exchange and called "Ace Firers".

And just behind the bowls were the Resolution Series of Captain Clerke and an unknown Maori person by Tane Ma. The person behind the wall was exploring a virtual reality of Maori images.

All in all I think although it was interesting for us to see how much art has come along, in particular digital art we were a bit disappointed as we had expected perhaps more paintings by local artists both historical and modern.

Friday, March 16, 2018

No more Summer days

Summer is at an end for us in the Southern Hemisphere. Hot temperatures are giving way to cooler days and nights - such bliss. No more sleeping with no sheets or blankets, no more having the fan on while sweltering, the beginning of golden colours.

Linking up with Skywatch Friday :-)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Pepi Toot beach express

This little train is like an icon here in our town. The Pepi Toot train express regularly gives rides to locals and tourists around our area. It has a 20 seater carriage and train and does a 30 minute circuit tour. I'm not sure who the lady in the pink hat is, I assume she's a friend of the train driver as they were both talking when we walked past.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Nosey gossiping sheep...

Sheep are such inquisitive creatures, however the minute you try to get close they run away. On one of our visits near McLaren Falls over Spring we were trying to find a road where a dam was, we weren't successful as the entrance was closed off but these sheep were quite happy to stop their ritual munching and watch is intently.

Linking up with Skywatch Friday :-)

Sunday, March 4, 2018

2 cruise ships in today

Thank goodness for days off. This morning we walked a total of 6ks and on our way we stopped to take photos of 2 cruise ships that were in port - the Queen Mary and the 7 seas voyager.

The first cruise ship is a transatlantic ocean liner and can hold 2695 passengers. The second is a cruise ship for Regent 7 seas cruises, is a bit smaller and can hold 706 passengers. Beautiful stunning late Summer's day out there though.


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