Take It Away

The gale winds in Southland are legendary and Nigel's advice is to keep your mouth shut - or inflate. Ha! The unrelenting gales shape trees into a permanent stoop, some have become well-known icons and a magnet for photographers. Photos taken 17 Feb. Not famous (yet). Southland, New Zealand Takeaway Bonsai -- photos by Nigel... Continue Reading →

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These Remain

The last photos from our trip to Riverstone on 22 January. When I look at the "remains" its always a toss-up whether they get used or deleted. Did they get left to last because they're not very interesting or are they worth posting? In this case I've decided to post and I hope some of... Continue Reading →

I Saw A Fine Horse

A fine horse at Riverstone, found when I was poking around in the yard outside the gift shops. One of my recent posts had a photo of a cat near some pots - I'd only just taken the cat photo and turned around when I saw this equine wind vane that I'd somehow missed seeing... Continue Reading →

Taken to a New Level

The owner-chef of Riverstone Kitchen, Bevan Smith, is said to call the gardens "the engine room" of his award-winning restaurant in an Otago Daily Times article from 19 March 2017. The article makes an interesting read as it's mainly an interview with two gardeners who grow the produce and supply the kitchen. The gardens have... Continue Reading →

Hydrangeas and Pots

When we were at Riverstone on 22 January the hydrangeas near Riverstone Kitchen were looking really beautiful. From memory I think the green ones are Limelight. The shade sails shelter one end of the building and under them is a side entrance into the restaurant. The sails form interesting patterns against the blue sky and... Continue Reading →

Immortelle

Everlasting flower, strawflower, paper daisy or immortelle.. whatever you call them these are wonderful, cheerful flowers. So I'm sharing some everlasting cheer with you, and other cheerful things I've found too. Where've I found all this cheer? From the good folks at Riverstone where Dot and her family and her castle are to be found,... Continue Reading →

Dream Weaver

Dot Smith loves pink and always wanted a castle. After a lifetime of dairy farming, raising a family, running businesses, and making gardens she finally got around to achieving her childhood dream - her very own castle. I'll leave it at that but if you'd like to read more there's an article HERE. Photos taken... Continue Reading →

Sunday In Southland

Today in the late afternoon we took off to the Southland coast for a break, just for a few hours. We stopped briefly in Fortrose and then drove on to our destination of Waipapa Point. There was a strong gusty wind at the coast making photography really difficult, rare lulls were only milliseconds in duration.... Continue Reading →

A Yarn About Wool

Sheep and wool. Sheep are everywhere in New Zealand. There's no shortage of wool either. Taken by Liz through a shop window in Oamaru. "The Woolstore". One of the Victorian commercial buildings in the Historic Precinct in Oamaru. These are built of Oamaru Stone (limestone) and are often referred to as whitestone buildings. Most were... Continue Reading →

Looking At Houses

Remember when I visited the  Sunbeam Milk Bar  in Gore? We took a walk along a street while there and found the different properties very interesting, a surprising number of art deco details evident. They're humble abodes but I felt very at-home with the houses in this street; I remember that, in regard to the... Continue Reading →

Ten In Heart and Ten In Tide

for time to tend.  Wow! Damien has written a SECOND poem inspired by Nigel's fab photos of the St Clair's Piles, St Clair Beach, Dunedin. This post's title and first line are favourite lines of mine from his poem referring to the ten piles seen in the photo below, relics from an old groyne nearly... Continue Reading →

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