Victorian Sweet Shop

Oamaru, East Otago, New Zealand. This beautiful sweet shop is in the Victorian Precinct where the whitestone buildings are (i.e. built with Oamaru Stone). I went inside and chose various kinds of lollies and they were all wonderful. I like licorice and aniseed so most of the lollies I chose had either or both of... Continue Reading →

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A Different View

THE BREAKING OF THE BLUE. Poem by Damien B. Donnelly. Last week I invited Damien to write a poem using Nigel's photo of the St Clair's Piles as inspiration. I knew Damien was flying out from Paris the next day on a much anticipated holiday and that he just might "write in-flight". He very kindly... Continue Reading →

Macandrew Bay

There's a few shops at Macandrew Bay and we also found an old cemetery with the Macandrew name appearing on some plots. Having shown you the local community library and the tiny library I thought I'd share some other things we saw. This is the last Macandrew Bay post. Macandrew Bay is on the Otago... Continue Reading →

Community Library

Macandrew Bay is on the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin, New Zealand and we drove there on 18 January to check out a long-standing community library that's independent of the Dunedin City Library system. I'd seen some information about it on the Dunedin Library noticeboard and having read that it'd been established in 1878 I was... Continue Reading →

Little Libraries

This tiny library is at Macandrew Bay on the Otago Peninsula, near Dunedin, New Zealand. The locality is special, a small community right by the Otago Harbour. Handy to the city but separate, and not too far out on the Peninsula. We went there Jan 18 in search of their library (which we found) but... Continue Reading →

Presbyterian Wind Vane

This is the wind vane that I spotted when looking out my hotel window in Oamaru on 21 January 2019. Later when exploring around the streets we came across the vane, sitting on top of the very fine "St. Paul's" Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. Nigel had his Olympus Digital Camera to hand and... Continue Reading →

Steam Tractor

This is the steam tractor that powered the  chaff cutter  (I didn't know that would be the case at the time I took the photos). Taken at the Southland Steam Engine Club rally at Brydone near Gore, 09 Feb 2019. To see the steam tractor driving the chaff cutter click on the "chaff cutter" link... Continue Reading →

Survivors: Poem

I've been working on this poem since Nigel came home with the beautiful sunset photos he took at St Clair in Dunedin. The St Clair's piles date back to 1921 and are remnants of a double-row of posts that with the addition of planks formed a groyne to retain sand. Apparently southerly seas took sand... Continue Reading →

On A Roll

At the Southland Steam Engine Club rally on 09 Feb 2019 I was drawn to this steam roller. An interesting machine and some nice detailing too. Meet "Colleen". Taken at Brydone near Gore, Southland, New Zealand by Liz (unless otherwise attributed). "Colleen" The following photos are detail shots of parts that you can see above... Continue Reading →

Waikaia Poem

Yesterday afternoon after an art gallery event in Gore, we made a spur-of-the-moment decision to drive to Waikaia for pizza in the pub rather than return to our too-warm home in Gore (height of summer here in New Zealand). The photos here were all taken yesterday and I'm also presenting a Waikaia poem by Kay... Continue Reading →

Oamaru Thistle Sign

While walking down an Oamaru street we noticed an attractive "thistle" sign above an office building. I was interested in what the shadow would be like and asked Nigel if he would please photograph it in addition to me because he had his Olympus Digital camera and would capture more detail at a distance than... Continue Reading →

Old Time Chaff Cutting

Photos of chaff cutting from when we visited the Southland Steam Engine Club rally yesterday at Brydone near Gore, Southland, New Zealand. I've published some other chaff cutting photos in my  first post  about the event. Laying out the drive belt By Liz Drive belt and wheel at the steam tractor end of the setup... Continue Reading →

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