06 September 2009

Spring has sprung….

It’s been a long cold winter but now that Spring has arrived I’m ready to be out and about once more.

On Friday DH had to go to the doctor to get a steroid injection for his ‘trigger finger’ complaint (a nasty condition where the tendon that controls the finger spasms & locks the finger) and as it was a lovely spring day we caught the bus there. On the way home we stopped off at Olympic Park in New Lynn which is alongside the Avondale Stream. It has lovely walkways, playgrounds, Maori carvings and other pieces of art as well as an eco-system house and a spider sanctuary for the Avondale spider (species Delena cancerides) made famous as the eight legged 'killer spider' in Steven Spielberg's Arachnophobia.

These are a few photos I took along the way.

The first one is a Vireya Rhododendron in my garden that I gaze out on every day from my kitchen, this is just one branch of flowers.


Spring blossoms & flowers in abundance.




The first flowers of the Kowhai tree.



Maori Carving. spring4

Hinaki Sculpture (Eel Trap).


The bridge over the stream with the power lines overhead.


From there we walked home via the Manawa Wetlands in Margan Street where they had recently been planting a new area to commemorate the babies born in Waitakere City last year.


Today was an even lovelier day weatherwise so we were out again with grandson Harry and his parents to visit Kiwi Valley, more on that tomorrow.

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