'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Greerton in the Springtime

The cherry trees are out again in Greerton, a small shopping centre in the city of Tauranga. Like many such villages, not so long ago Greerton use to be a village in its own right. Locals still call it 'the village' and it certainly has its own character with the lovely flowering cherries and mosaics. The first one features a tern.

Above; some weird and wonderful flowers of a kind I've never seen, but below a much more ubiquitous sight - the pukeko or swamp-hen.


  1. I'm missing the cherry trees. In fact I'm missing all the fruit tree blossom in The Bay!

    I like the mosaics. In fact I really enjoy seeing things like that which brighten up the urbanised environment.

  2. Oh, spring... We had our first frost tonight and the leaves are dropping... Soon all will be bare. Nice mosaics!

  3. Thanks for the blossoms. Standing under one of these trees in bloom feels like looking at heaven.

  4. Has anybody ever written a folk song about Greerton? It seems like such an incredible place I must add it to my NZ itinerary. Forget Rotorua and Christchurch!
    PS I saw the brilliant NZ netball team beat the Aussies in Delhi. Please pass my congratulations on to your girls when you see them at Greerton shopping centre.

  5. Thank you for your comments everyone. Recently a dear old friend and father-in-law passed away and I've not been feeling much like blogging.

    I will return in due course and catch up on all your posts.

  6. Elizabeth25.10.10

    My sincere condolences to you, Katherine. Be kind to yourself.

  7. Thank you Elizabeth.


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