Travel theme: motion

The boy-child doing what the boy-child does.

The boy-child doing what the boy-child does.

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As I’ve mentioned before (Travel Theme: peaceful #2), the boy-child has been pretty much on the go since he was born.

Until recently he played soccer every winter; basketball, touch and rippa rugby for a while. He’s been into gymnastics, snowboarding, skim-boarding – and of course, skating.

He definitely fits the theme of motion – and probably “airborne” as well.

Thanks to Ailsa at Where’s my Backpack for this week’s theme.

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Travel theme: sculpture

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The Weathermen, by Ramon Robertson. Photo taken at the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens by Tony Gray 2013.

I can pinpoint the precise moment I totally fell in love with sculpture as an art form. It was in1993 and I was watching Off the Wall, a BBC TV programme about a group of residents from the Byker Estate in Newcastle curating an art exhibition on the estate, with works borrowed from British art institutions.

There was a scene in which an enormous bronze mask by Igor Mitoraj was being driven across the Tyne Bridge on the back of a truck. The sheer absurdity of the image so impressed me, I had to go and see the sculpture (Tsuki No Hikari II), at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Since then I’ve visited as many sculpture exhibitions and installations as I could. Last year I volunteered at NZ Sculpture onShore, New Zealand’s pre-eminent biennial sculpture exhibition and a major fund-raiser for Women’s Refuge in New Zealand.

It was at Sculpture onShore that I first saw Ramon Robertson’s The Weathermen. Clever, whimisical and quite haunting, they are currently on show at the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens. In a strange way they remind me of Tsuki No Hikari II, and are a fitting way to illustrate this post. I’m grateful to my wonderfully talented partner for these photographs – they are so much better than the ones I took!

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The Weathermen, by Ramon Robertson. Photo taken at the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens by Tony Gray 2013.

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The Weathermen, by Ramon Robertson. Photo taken at the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens by Tony Gray 2013.

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The Weathermen, by Ramon Robertson. Photo taken at the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens by Tony Gray 2013.

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The Weathermen, by Ramon Robertson. Photo taken at the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens by Tony Gray 2013.

The Weathermen, by Ramon Robertson. Photo by Tony Gray 2013.

The Weathermen, by Ramon Robertson. Photo taken at the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens by Tony Gray 2013.

 

Thanks to Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack for her travel theme: sculpture.

A green green goes green … or something like that.

garden4Ailsa’s “Green” theme  (Where’s my backpack) got me thinking about how the word has so many connotations; the colour, the sense of environmental responsibility – and also “green” as in inexperienced. And that got me thinking about my garden.

Last November, lots of seeds and seedlings.

Last November, lots of seeds and seedlings.

Even though I’ve owned my house for 12 years and wanted a vegetable garden for about that long, this last year is the first time I’ve had one.

And it’s been wonderful. It’s lush and green – despite the drought in Auckland. It’s great for the environment – food miles have become food metres and my plants thrive on the compost we’ve been creating from household waste.

Yesterday's harvest

Yesterday’s harvest

And although I’m totally “green” as a gardener and have made lots of mistakes (note to self – courgettes take up a lot of space and although they look great, they’re still courgettes), I have also grown a lot of fresh tasty organic food for my family, friends and neighbours.

Finally, if green is the colour of calm, then my garden has achieved another purpose. The time I spend planting and thinning and weeding and just generally pootling around eating the tomatoes and radishes and bell peppers is perhaps the most relaxing time in my life at the moment.

The radishes and courgettes are gone. Cucumbers are just hanging on and tomatoes are having a second crop. But the herbs and peppers are still thriving.

The radishes and courgettes are gone. Cucumbers are just hanging on and tomatoes are having a second crop. But the herbs and peppers are still thriving.