Old Homestead

As we drove the gravel South Coast road on Sunday, south of Taieri Mouth, we approached this appealing rustic farm homestead. We both enjoyed seeing it and I'm posting the photos we each took. South Otago, New Zealand. Click on ANY photo to enlarge. -- top photo by Liz, bottom photo by Nigel. Text by... Continue Reading →

Growing Beyond

These photos were taken by Nigel when we were at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 08 Dec 2019. He said the small deformed tree is a Photinia and it appears to have died back several times. Despite the knocks it's growing steadily. Perhaps its resilience in the face of adversity has inspired the Botanic Garden people... Continue Reading →

Colours of Roses

In Dunedin Botanic Garden on Sunday 08 Dec we enjoyed seeing many different rose blooms on display, and so many different colours! Dunedin, New Zealand. Photos taken by Nigel (N) and Liz (L). Click on ANY photo to enlarge. N N L The next two photos are of a rose we thought was very special... Continue Reading →

Having New Eyes

I'm all enthused about 'landscapes' which is unusual for me. The word 'landscape' gets way overused, appearing in all sorts of contexts that have nothing to do with real landscapes.  November Square-A-Day Landscapes  by Jill Kuhn is a wonderful exception - this is my reblog of her 02 Dec post. Thank you Jill Kuhn for... Continue Reading →

Pretty Iceberg Roses

I have a favourite spot in the rose garden at Dunedin Botanic Gardens. I really love the coloured iceberg roses. Dunedin, New Zealand. Photos taken by Liz 08 Dec 2019. A climbing rose, looking pretty above the iceberg rose blooms. The signs were a bit confusing but I think the pink and white iceberg roses... Continue Reading →

More Alstroemeria

Here's two other Alstroemeria flower colours that I admired when we visited Dunedin Botanic Gardens on 08 Dec 2019. These flowers en masse are so bright that they really stand out from everything around them. "More" in the title of this post refers to the photos I've already posted of gorgeous pink Alstroemeria taken during... Continue Reading →

Christmas In The Country

On our drive back home from Dunedin via the south coast on Sunday we found some cheerful Christmas farm fun with Santa featuring in two different displays. Both were unexpected delights that we just happened upon by chance. Hooray for the farmers! South Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken by Nigel 08 Dec 2019. Rural area... Continue Reading →

Akatore Creek

We took the south coast route last weekend when driving home from Dunedin. Between Taieri Mouth and Milton we came across this lovely river and stopped to look around and take photos. It's a really pretty spot. This is back country, gravel road, single-lane bridge territory. South Otago, New Zealand. Photos 1-2,4-5 by Nigel; photos... Continue Reading →

Southern Heart

This 'heart' map of the far south of the South Island of New Zealand was displayed on a wall in our motel unit when we stayed in Dunedin last weekend. It shows most of the locations that I mention in my blogs. We stayed in the  Commodore Motel, right next to the botanic gardens -... Continue Reading →

Placid & Wild

Enjoyed this haiku poem published yesterday by Jane Dougherty. I admired how she skilfully wove the imagery of ocean and sky together with words. They seamlessly merge in my imagination and describe the essence of what I've seen when down on New Zealand's south coast in wild windy weather. First photo is from Jane's  original... Continue Reading →

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