Small Keepsakes

After cleaning the stained glass lightshade I dealt with the mantelpiece I've been ignoring for ages! What a great opportunity to share with you some of the things that are special to us 🙂 At home in our Tapanui cottage. New Zealand. This metal poppy art is above the fireplace. We bought it just before... Continue Reading →

Bright and Beautiful

The light in our passage at home died a couple of nights ago. I decided to take down the stained glass lightshade yesterday and give it a clean and got a new light bulb. What a stunning difference! I guess it was already fairly dusty when we moved in because we've never seen the colours... Continue Reading →

Christmas Day

We found this lovely nativity scene Christmas Day 2019 when we made a visit to St Patrick's Basilica in South Dunedin, New Zealand (Catholic). Beautiful church both inside and out. Redeveloped in the 2000s, officially re-opened 19 June 2016. Click on ANY photo below to enlarge. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Beautiful Manuka

This lovely manuka or teatree was flowering in the native area at Dunedin Botanic Garden on Christmas Day 2019. I took these about 3.30pm. Dunedin, New Zealand. This particular manuka is Leptospermum scoparium 'Wiri Amy'. The 'Wiri' signifies that this plant originated from the Leptospermum breeding programme at the Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, Manurewa. Click... Continue Reading →

Daisy Flowers

I took these daisy photos at the Dunedin Botanic Garden on 24 Dec 2019. Dunedin, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Erigeron flowers from one of the colour beds. Following photos were all taken in the herb garden, one of our favourite places. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Loco Lines

Train travel often isn't an option in New Zealand but it's a treat when we get the opportunity. I've already done several posts about our Taieri Gorge Railway trip on 29 Dec 2019 from Dunedin to Middlemarch (return). Here's some photos that I took of the train itself while at Middlemarch Railway Station. Middlemarch, Dunedin,... Continue Reading →

Roses at Crookston

This is another building, standing beside the derelict garage at Crookston where Nigel took the photos of yellow sedum that were posted in Stop For Sedum. Front left and right of a big shed. Photos taken by Liz, 18 Jan 2020. Crookston, West Otago, New Zealand. I took this photo primarily for the attractive misty... Continue Reading →

Stop For Sedum

We were heading away from Tapanui one misty morning and given it's now mid-summer this was unusual. We hadn't gone far, Crookston for those who know the area, when I spotted a blob of very bright yellow at gutter level on the corner of a building - which made me ask Nigel to stop and... Continue Reading →

Straight Ahead to Leithen

There weren't many road signs to confirm our route to Leithen and it had us guessing at times as we drove up the gravel lane through forest trees, the sealed road having ended when farmland had transitioned to woodland. Eventually we came to the lovely Leithen picnic area that I've been posting photos of recently.... Continue Reading →

River Stones

The Pomahaka River at Leithen Picnic Area has plenty of stones in the riverbed, many of them flat. Nigel commented that many of them are square-ended and would be useful for corners in stonemasonry (known as quoins). We were there on Sunday afternoon. All photos below taken by Nigel, 19 Jan 2020. Pomahaka River at... Continue Reading →

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