Looking on the Bright Side

While lockdown in New Zealand is immensely restrictive, the number of new Covid-19 cases today was only 29. Since lockdown the number of new cases each day has been: 78, 85, 83, 63, 76, 58, 61, 89, 71, 82, 89, 67, 54, 50, and today only 29. I feel relieved. We're getting the lower numbers... Continue Reading →

Flowers, Fields and Foliage in Fall

Flowers, fields and foliage in fall. Autumn 2020 in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Colchicum flowers established in a field, they bloom this time every year, in the past grown commercially but now wild. We were out on a local Sunday afternoon walk. Photos taken by Nigel 29 March, except the last one taken by... Continue Reading →

Evening Jaunts

Same colchicum flowers again but later in the evening this time.  We were walking here last night, sun had almost set and the field of blooms glowed in the end-of-day low light. The lovely glow didn't come out in the photos so I've done my best to compensate, playing around with brightness/contrast and bumping up... Continue Reading →

Colour Shift

Falling fast into Fall. The colours here in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand are changing fast as, in the southern hemisphere, we head into 'real' autumn. The shift happens quickly, previously plain plants now basking in a moment of glory. All photos taken by Nigel with his Olympus digital camera, edited by me. Autumn colours... Continue Reading →

Very strange for all of us

This morning I found a poem written by a young poet from Ireland aged 8 and I was so impressed - I wouldn't have been able to do the same at that age. I've noticed other adult poets who've mentioned writing poetry since they were very young (looking at you Damien and Kay). I just... Continue Reading →

Part of my Heart’s in Central

When Nigel returned from promoting his landscape design business Growplan at Wanaka A&P Show, he came home via Central Otago. This is a region of extremes, baking hot in the summer, cold in the winter and lots of vineyards and fruit orchards. Spring and Autumn are gorgeous for their blossom and foliage.  I'm pretty peeved... Continue Reading →

Stay In Your Bubble

In NZ it's clear we're to stay in our bubble. The instruction is:  don't nip out - "stay in your bubble". Communication is key and I want to share this information with you. Bubbles This spectacular bubble photo was taken by Mike Powell, used here with Mike's permission. It's from his blog-post  Through the eyes... Continue Reading →

I Call You

The pretty picture below is taken where I live. It's also a concept photo with a prominent rugby goal-post. Behind are the Blue Mountains, the backdrop to our town of Tapanui. I read a discussion this morning on an American blog where people were discussing what they could and couldn't do during lockdown. I was... Continue Reading →

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