Two Horse Power

This two-horse team with their two humans came from Middlemarch, Otago to compete in the National Ploughing Championships 2018 at Thornbury, Southland, New Zealand. Sean Leslie the ploughman began horse ploughing five years ago. Casey Rae drives the horses, she began in May 2017 and loves it. The Clydesdale horses are Anna and Nugget. Nugget... Continue Reading →

How many Horsepower?

The National Ploughing Championships is a big event for Southland and especially for Thornbury which is just a tiny place! For the competitors and officials its a six-day event. It was open to the public for Saturday 14 April and Sunday 15. Here's a photo selection to give you an overview of the event, from... Continue Reading →

Ploughing Ahead

63rd National Ploughing Championships held in Thornbury, Southland, New Zealand. That's where Nigel and I headed on Saturday 14 April on a bright sunny day with a rather biting cold wind. Today's post is a light-hearted introduction but don't mistake the seriousness of this competition. In two of the classes, the winners get the opportunity... Continue Reading →

Earnscleugh, Just Passing Through

We departed Clyde on Saturday morning 31 March to return home via Central Otago on one of my favourite drives. We crossed the Clutha River via the Clyde Bridge to drive the route through the Earnscleugh Valley. This valley lies between Clyde and Alexandra, and has orchards and vineyards lining the road on either side.... Continue Reading →

Cottages in Clyde

From our overnight visit to Clyde at Easter I'm now left with just a few photos of cottages and a shot of a creeper with colourful red autumn foliage that was covering a stone wall. Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand. Photo below: in the 1870s this cottage was the home of a Chinese man who... Continue Reading →

The Golden Era in Clyde

While wandering around the town of Clyde at Easter we came across some relics from the old gold mining days and I'd like to share these photos with you. - Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand. The most impressive size-wise is this gold stamper battery which was sitting on the lawn of a museum property (not... Continue Reading →

STONE BUILDING – you don’t say!

The helpful plaque on the front door of this building had an inscription in capital letters - 'STONE BUILDING'. Wow! Like, there's stone buildings and stone walls everywhere in Clyde! But anyway, it made me smile. Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand. This street was our route home to our accommodation from the town centre so... Continue Reading →

Street Appeal in Clyde

Strolling streets in Clyde on a warm autumn evening was a treat! Here are some things that captured our interest while wandering aimlessly in the town centre. Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand. Easter; Good Friday evening, 30 March 2018 View looking back up the main street. We however were heading in the opposite direction. Photo... Continue Reading →

Cottage with Hollyhocks, Clyde

It was our happy fate to enjoy an unscheduled stay overnight in Clyde, Central Otago on Good Friday. The evening was fine, still and warm, and we went for a stroll in the streets. Many people were relaxing outside in their garden or sitting under a verandah, enjoying the lovely evening. Walking up the main... Continue Reading →

St Dunstan’s Catholic Church, Clyde

This lovely church wasn't far from our accommodation, The Postmasters House, in Clyde. St Dunstan's was built of local stone in 1903. It replaced a previous church built in the 1860s that had been destroyed in a storm. Nigel particularly admired the orange reflection cast on the wall from the orange roof tiles. You can... Continue Reading →

Postmasters House in Clyde

I shared with you how much we enjoyed visiting the Post Office Cafe & Bar in Clyde, Central Otago. While I was checking out the garden bar I noticed a sign on a garden gate about accommodation next door. I enquired at the cafe about it and found the prices very reasonable. Now bear in... Continue Reading →

Tough Guy in Tapanui

Today I'm sharing a little bit of Australia with you in the form of this letterbox sculpture in Tapanui (Otago, New Zealand). We walked past it the other day and Nigel referred to it as 'Ned Kelly'. Now, I know the name 'Ned Kelly' from a saying I've long been familiar with where one person... Continue Reading →

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