Monday, February 24, 2014

Garden Discovery, Waipu Pipe Band Competitions and Sculpture Symposium

Last weekend (15/2/2014) we went on the Whangarei Garden Discovery trails.  On Friday we went out to Ngunguru and Tutukaka and on Sunday we looked at gardens around Whangarei itself and the Whangarei Botanic Gardens.  Saturday, however, we went south to One Tree Point, Ruakaka and Waipu.  While at Waipu we had a look at the preparations for the Pipe Band competitions and then in the evening we attended the auction of the pieces made at the Sculpture Symposium.

No wonder I get tired as on each day, before we set off, we took Sophie on an hour's walk.

Anyway, here are some photos from the Saturday.
























The "fire pit" won the people's choice award and sold on the night


The sculpture below was bought by the council.






17 comments:

  1. Lovely photographs! You certainly pack a lot into your days.

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    1. Whangarei has an "Endless Summer Festival" and I have been trying to get to all the activities of interest. Ready for a break now though. This is on top of walking Sophie, visiting my hubby in the rest home and all the usual day to day activities of life.

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  2. Great photos and well worthy of clicking to enlarge. Looks as if you had a wonderful day.

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  3. You have been busy, busy, busy attending some nice events and places. Keep enjoying yourself!

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    1. Yes, there have been some great events held over summer.

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  4. I wouldn't mind that Fire Pit myself. Id like mine in Cotswold Stone colour please!

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    1. I think it sold for $3,000. Yes, the colour of Cotswold stone would be good but I think it may mellow as the buildings in Oamaru stone are a better colour.

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  5. Gosh, you're going to need a holiday to recover from all your winter activities, Susan! Lovely photos of your weekend. As Rosemary said, well worth clicking on to see them in detail.

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    1. Yes, it is just as well the Festival is nearly over (summer not winter). I think that having a second chance at happiness at 70 has made me all the more determined to do as much as possible.

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    2. Doh! Of course it's your summer! I love the fact that you have this new relationship that brings you so much pleasure and satisfaction.

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  6. Beautiful gardens and those sculptures are amazing.

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    1. Yes, there were three days of gardens and the photos are from just one day. It was most enjoyable.

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  7. Every garden is so lovely, the fire pit, I too would buy it in a flash, and the seating around, wonderful woodwork there. Cheers, Jean.

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    1. Yes, I love looking at other people's gardens.

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  8. Lovely photos, I do love to hear bagpipes. My neighbor is a piper and often practices in his garden, he once apologized for the "noise" and I told him "play more please".

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    1. I love the bagpipes as well. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to stay longer.

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  9. Oh dear I don't know what happened but all the photos are blank! Oh no it's all right they have just appeared - they are lovely pics.

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