Burning Questions

Australia is burning. I guess many of you have seen pictures, videos, news. Australia of course is our near neighbour, just across the Tasman. Close enough that in certain conditions Australian dust, smoke and ash reach us here in New Zealand. There is so much going on that I can't go into much detail. I'll... Continue Reading →

Going Green

Nigel pulled into the BP fuel station on the outskirts of Invercargill before we headed home yesterday and this eye-catching very green Holden ute was already parked on the forecourt. It turns out the proud owner of the vehicle is a champion table tennis player hence the number plate TT GIRL. She started playing table... Continue Reading →

Ostriches

We visited Invercargill today and before leaving for home went to First In Windsor for refreshments. They'd done a great job in decorating the cafe/restaurant for Christmas and we found it cheerful and welcoming. What really caught my attention though was a picture on the wall. Love this! Three separate photos taken by Nigel, edited... Continue Reading →

Cardoon in the Long Border

at Dunedin Botanic Gardens, New Zealand. I love their silver foliage and they become large imposing plants that add character to the garden. When the flowers develop they're fascinating too. Photos by Liz. Disclaimer: I think these are cardoon rather than globle artichoke - I'll know for sure once I see the flowers. For this... Continue Reading →

Roses By The Bucketload

Loved this tweet from Auckland Botanic Gardens, New Zealand. Twitter Account:    @AklBotanicGrdns Website:    Auckland Botanic Gardens "Since 2006 our Rose Garden curator has cut and delivered roses to the oncology department at Auckland hospital in the week before Christmas. Here are the 12 buckets of beautiful, spray free roses ready for delivery this year."... Continue Reading →

Flower Mix

Been practicing some photo editing with a couple of flower pics this morning - taken at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 08 Dec 2019. Simple little flowers including astrantia that caught my attention. One was slightly underexposed, the other slightly over. Originals were similar compositions but small differences meant one was better as a larger shot,... Continue Reading →

Imperial Buildings, Dunedin NZ

Really loved this old commercial building as soon as I saw it. The architectural details and the interesting fire escapes. Wasn't the best time of day for photography and it's on a street corner so not much room to manoeuver, but what a fascinating place. Dunedin, New Zealand. Photos taken 07 Dec 2019. Built 1906.... Continue Reading →

White and Blue

I really enjoyed the white and blue colour beds when we were in Dunedin Botanic Garden on Sunday 08 Dec 2019. These two beds are at one end of a row of five colour beds. Opposite is the long border with large silvery cardoon plants and a great variety of colourful flowers. It's a beautiful... Continue Reading →

South of Taieri Mouth

We'd left Taieri Mouth, driving along south coast when we found this tidy verge and pine hedge with view to sea (left). Assuming farmer looks after this. Nigel 08 Dec.

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