Time Distance and Love

When love is all no shadows fall – the sunshine stays.

— inscribed on the sundial below.

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The other side has this inscription …

Love gilds the hours unfolds the flowers of passing days.

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The sundial is in the main public garden in Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand. I found the stunning dahlia in a garden bed near the sundial. We visited Alexandra not long before lockdown started in NZ. Photos taken 22 March 2020

Alexandra is the main town in Central Otago. Hot in summer, cold in winter.

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Alexandra is well known for the clock on the hill.. time apparently has great significance in this town – the clock is even lit up at night.


Just in case the sundial and the clock on the hill escape your notice, there’s another kind of time thyme everywhere in Central Otago. Taken 27 Oct 2018

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Wild thyme – it runs rampant. They even hold a Thyme Festival in Alexandra.

Arrived courtesy of the gold miners a long thyme time ago 🙂

Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

19 thoughts on “Time Distance and Love

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  1. Love those dahlias – they’re a fantastic colour. I’m just wondering if the couple that I left in the ground have survived the winter…

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        1. These references are fabulous Steve, thanks for taking the time to find them! I also found the story of Bishop Hicks very interesting, reading much more of the text than merely the quote 🙂


  2. Thyme seems a good way to spell the elongated version of COVID t i m e we seem to be having. The weeks are ticking by but time itself seems very slow to me.

    Clearly Otagoans are, or were at some point, fascinated with time. I do like that big clock on that stark hillside.

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  3. Do you know the English folk song “Let no man steal your thyme?” In its lyrics the herb thyme is used as a symbol of a woman’s virginity, which the singer implores her to protect from men who would have their wicked way with her and then cast her aside. There are various versions around, but I like this one sung by Anne Briggs, who’s voice is very haunting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X65gkSVfJyM

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    1. Oh dear! You’ve missed a treat. ‘Central’ is dear to many of us for very good reason and especially so in autumn and spring with the beauty of vividly colourful foliage and hips in autumn and blossom in the spring. I hope you’ll be able to visit in person!


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