There is a great place near Havelock North to have morning tree. Tomorrow is my sister in laws birthday so we had a celebratory morning teaat a place called Birdies.
Birdies is famous for its indoor collection of very interesting artefacts and its great outdoor collection of bird art and African art imported from the artists themselves in Africa.
It is set in an area that was farmed but its now gardened.
Here is a flowering cherry at the peak of its blossoming glory. There were several.
An African sculpture of a parent with a child.
Another view. We sat in those chairs with our coffee and tea. So peaceful.
A crane feeds its young.
A rather Dickensian figure.
A crane watches brother and sister-in-law enjoying the sculptures.
The sculptures are fun.
From Eketahuna. A wood pigeon out of old farming equipment.
A family.... indeed a happy family.
Someone locally does some wonderfully characteristic bird portraits. There are a few of these in Birdies collection.
These sculptures all have character. They are so interesting. This is owls on a tree stump. The top owl is an "ornery" type.
A pelican in a tree?
A cycle of hippos! They sit there so naturally. They seem alive.
A girl prepares to do a backflip into a hippos pond.
A mother holds her baby.
The relationship of mother and child is so beautifully captured by the artist.
The artist here seems to really feel how wings take hold of the air.
These wings are of stone! They seem to fly, to soar even. Magic!
Here you can feel the thirst of the horse.
Something holey is obviously represented here!!
These are like the baby cuckoos on the nest of a much smaller bird. Large, round and fat. They have such wonderful colours.
Birdies is a recommended place to visit.
Cheers Chris the Pipemaker.