Setting Boundaries

In the gold rush days it was illegal for miners to remove the surveyed boundary pegs of a mining claim so the miners would work around them, leaving a pillar of earth under the peg. When visiting old sluicing sites you see these pillars standing alone - they kinda catch your attention. I had some... Continue Reading →

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Me to a ‘T’

Travelling back home from Central Otago we were in need of refreshments. We'd already driven Clyde to Hawea in the early morning and then found that Hawea was seriously lacking anything that resembled a cosy cafe with an ounce of ambience. Nigel had visited a prospective client in the morning and we faced a long... Continue Reading →

Autumn Colour in Alexandra

These golden apples grabbed my attention when I was walking from the town centre to the Shaky Bridge. Actually, they stopped me in my tracks and I had to detour across the road to take a closer look. A wonderful crop of golden crab apples or crabapples; the tree was on the street edge of... Continue Reading →

Alpine Reef Water Wheel, Alexandra

The Alpine Reef Water Wheel is displayed outside the front of the Alexandra Museum and Art Gallery. Wheel diameter is 6.8m. There are 45 buckets. Bucket capacity: 115 litres. Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand. ** Click on photo to enlarge ** It came from a gold mine at a reef 1600 metres above sea level. The... Continue Reading →

"Filthiest". This car was spotted by Nigel as we returned to our own car, March 2018. Photo taken by Nigel. Dunedin, New Zealand

Service and Sacrifice, Anzac Day

April 25 is Anzac Day when we remember soldiers who died in war and honour those who returned or are currently serving, a tradition since 1916. Anzac Day was initially gazetted as a half-day holiday and in 1921 was first marked as a full public holiday. ANZAC : Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose... Continue Reading →

Whisky Creek, Ferns and Fuchsia

We haven't done any walking tracks for ages but Sunday afternoon 22 April we headed out from Gore in the direction of Dolamore Park and made a spur-of-the-moment decision to try the Whisky Creek track. This track offered an interesting variety of native flora and was pretty typical of what you expect when walking a... Continue Reading →

Over the Shaky Bridge I Found Gold

After walking across the Shaky Bridge I followed a rough road that led around the cafe and had a wonderful time enjoying the autumn colour, found after walking a short distance. This post continues yesterday's post Filling in Time, Shaky Bridge. Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand. Visited Thursday, 19 April 2018 Photo below: Alexandra Clock... Continue Reading →

Filling in Time, Shaky Bridge

As strange as it may seem, time and a shaky bridge came together in a recent visit to Alexandra in Central Otago. Nigel was attending one day of a National Irrigation Conference. I kept him company for the trip but had the day to myself. The shaky bridge is a short walk out of the... Continue Reading →

Restful In Riverton

Riverton is a picturesque little town on the south coast of the South Island and is only about 10km away from Thornbury where we attended the National Ploughing Championships on Saturday 14 April. We headed to Riverton for rest and refreshments after leaving the ploughing champs. Riverton sits between a huge estuary and Foveaux Strait,... Continue Reading →

Pulling Together

There were six horse teams at the National Ploughing Championships at Thornbury, Southland, New Zealand. These are the four horse teams that I haven't yet featured in my posts. Photos taken when we attended on Saturday 14 April. Two-Horse team resting. The ploughman has left for a short break. The Six-Horse team has finished a... Continue Reading →

Tractor Power

Near the horse ploughing was the vintage ploughing. Here's a selection of shots from the vintage ploughing plus a couple of modern tractors that were in the static display. National Ploughing Championships 2018 at Thornbury, Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken Saturday 14 April 2018. John Deere tractor from the static display The tractor ploughmen were... Continue Reading →

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