Flying Blind

We drove to Nelson Lakes, past Lake Rotoiti, up the mountain, gaining height, attained the carpark, secured the steely steed. [more...]

Places and Plants

The latest Lens-Artists Challenge is Pastimes and I thought I might take part. Thinking about pastimes I thought 'places and plants' because when we're not doing necessary things, we love to visit places and/or look at plants. I looked through Nigel's archives and soon had too many photos to do a nice neat post for... Continue Reading →

Highway Monster

We treated this scary monster with awe and respect. It was intimidating. But also fascinating, awesome - we were excited our walk coincided with this hedge cutter returning from a paddock on one side of the road, then crossing the road and heading up a driveway directly opposite. All photos taken by Nigel, 13 May... Continue Reading →

The Rocking Horse

Alternative title:  The Baby in Red. Haiku poem about me as a 4 yr-old with my long black hair (I could sit on it when I was 4), wearing my beautiful rose-red dress (my 'good' dress), and having a ride on my rocking horse. The first stirrings of independence! The poem was inspired by this... Continue Reading →

Just a hamlet

Jane Dougherty tweeted these words as micropoetry this morning and they really struck a chord with me, and especially this part: "... all along the horizon the hills strode, ..." Here's the full text of the tweet ... It wasn’t a village, just a hamlet of five houses and two farms, a high place of... Continue Reading →

Hard Line (Or Not)

If you describe someone's policy or attitude as hard-line, you mean that it is strict or extreme, and that they refuse to change it. --Collins English Dictionary. 'lines' photos taken by Nigel on 30 March 2020. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. On that day we were getting some fresh air and exercise, wandering around on... Continue Reading →

Distance

Distant view brought closer using the zoom lens. Central Otago on a bright afternoon, New Zealand. Taken 22 March 2020 (autumn in NZ). Near Ophir.

London planetrees

In my last post Ap-peeling Bark, Robert Parker mentioned "... it just reminded me of peeling the loose bark, from the London planetrees in front of my grandparents’ house." I love getting personal anecdotes in comment-responses so I thought I'd go with the flow and post some London planetree images from Alexandra in Central Otago,... Continue Reading →

Ap-peeling Bark

Does this appeal? New Zealand tree fuchsia, Fuchsia excorticata. Kōtukutuku. Endemic to NZ. Tree fuchsia has papery, orangish bark that peels off in strips. When we had our goats they loved to gobble the crispy, papery strips of bark. Tree Fuchsia, Southland Click on either photo to enlarge. Two different locations. Taken by Nigel Text... Continue Reading →

New Zealand in the Spotlight

THREE  THINGS !!! First, if you're interested in a rare opportunity to see a range of native New Zealand wildlife and plants - on a remote island that hardly anyone visits, unless associated with conservation work - then I have the blog for you to follow! I've done a shout-out for this lovely couple before... Continue Reading →

Beware the Blue Dragon

I dared to sit on this blue dragon seat and lived to tell the tale! My BLUE dragon was specially chosen for Ann Mackay (Suffolk UK, although Ann's originally from Scotland). She is the second Liebster Award nominee who's answered my questions! Ann likes blue and purple. She also mentioned a family boat trip along... Continue Reading →

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