kimbolton sculpture festival

This weekend we went to a tiny town's  domain (city park of sorts) for the 
Kimbolton Sculpture Festival. 

Being such a small town (according to this page, the population is under 1,500) I really didn't expect more than a smattering of home-made-from-scrap pieces and lots of room to look and wander about.

But, as we got close to town,  I was amazed to see signs that warned of  queues (long lines) of cars. It seems the festival was a complete success with over 2000 visitors in attendance and lots of sculptures and sellers!

These are a few of the sculptures and I'll share more later.


Opunake garden walk

It had been a while since we visited the garden walk in Opunake and they have made
some interesting additions.   I blogged about it here when we discovered it.

There is now a small library that invites you to take a book or leave a book or just peruse a
magazine while you sit on one of the new benches and enjoy the garden.

There was still some color to be seen even though we are well into autumn.

They gussied up the water fountain for people and pets.

To get water for your pet, you life the wooden dog's hind leg!

Even the spent flowers retained a bit of beauty.

Someone left this 'bump in the night' rock on a fencepost.

This lovely garden is tended by volunteers and has some wonderful colors during the year. I will be sure to visit next summer and share the colors of the place. I plan to donate some bulbs and seeds before then.


Wednesday around the World

I had to run outside barefoot in my house coat (dressing gown) but I got the shot!

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The weather has been quite wet this week and I really didn't feel like going out, so 
this is a photo from my archives. Every time I see it, I have to giggle and
I thought I'd share it with you.

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Driving Creek Railway

Barrie Brickell was a teacher-turned-potter who built New Zealand's only narrow gauge railway through native bush that he planted himself. He originally built the railway to move clay down the mountain for his use as a potter. (below). He began charging for rides to pay back his loans.

The traincars and everything that you see on your ride are made and maintained by employees at Driving Creek Railway. The commentary on the ride and at the top (The Eye Full Tower!) are 
full of fun facts about the owner and the property.

Among the many interesting pottery items along the tracks, the cross below marks the final resting place  of Barrie Brickell. 

I would imagine that you can ride this train many times and still see and hear about things you missed before!

Some of the walls are made of beer and wine bottles donated by the public.

This was our driver who usually works in the workshop.

If you are interested in more information about this whimsical place, click here. Click the three horizontal bars on the right to see more pages.