NZ-Irish Connections

We have a lot in common you know, New Zealand and the Irish. Each year the Skytower in Auckland is lit green for St Patricks Day and people dress green in honour of the occasion. We have a good many 'Irish Pubs' as well.. I've no idea how authentic they are but they get the... Continue Reading →

Writing Writing Writing

Kay's favourite 'quiet' hobby/interest is 'writing, writing, writing'! Kay McKenzie Cooke is a southern Aotearoa / New Zealand writer that I've met through blogging and I'm excited for Kay that her fourth book of poetry will be released in June. She's also been working on a novel over the last decade and I think publication... Continue Reading →

Time Distance and Love

When love is all no shadows fall - the sunshine stays. -- inscribed on the sundial below. Click on the photo to enlarge. The other side has this inscription ... Love gilds the hours unfolds the flowers of passing days. Click on the photo to enlarge. The sundial is in the main public garden in... Continue Reading →

The Meaning of Trees

My first Liebster Award nominee has got her response underway! Kay McKenzie Cooke from Dunedin, New Zealand has posted answers to my first two questions. It was great reading what she shared and I felt very honoured that Kay who was born and raised in Southland called me a Southlander - a rare privilege indeed.... Continue Reading →

Bordering On Madness

The insanity of it all. OK American folks, here's where it's at. Many of you will know stacks more about this issue than me - there'll be ins and outs, no doubt, that I know nothing about. I haven't made a point of reading up about the infamous Border Wall. But this was in my... Continue Reading →

Tree Fuchsia Flowers

Following on from the  blue pollen image  I posted earlier I thought I'd show you some photos of the flowers of our tree fuchsia (endemic to New Zealand). These flowers are quite small and insignificant when seen within the tree canopy - they're not showy like your typical garden fuchsia. Fuchsia excorticata or kōtukutuku 1.... Continue Reading →

Blue Pollen -see caption

Beautiful BLUE pollen of our endemic Fuchsia excorticata or tree fuchsia. "Stamen anther, face view of blue pollen in two compartments" / Larry Jensen, University of Auckland

Unfolding Life

Moments of beauty are especially cherished in these troubled times, that's why I want to remind you about one of my favourite bloggers. Jean Mackay shares her delightful observations of nature via exquisite journal pages at Drawn In. Her subject material is generally local to where she lives in New York State but elsewhere when... Continue Reading →

Shoo Fly

I'm keen to announce my excitement that New Zealand had ZERO new cases of Covid-19 today ... yay!!! Obviously we're not out of the woods yet but it's a wonderful thing to have reached this point. Not having a relevant photo to accompany such good news, I thought I'd use a rather pretty fly on... Continue Reading →

Something Old, Something New

Spring is a wonderful season.. living in New Zealand I'm in autumn but enjoying spring photos from the northern hemisphere. These photos were published by fellow WP bloggers on 02 May 2020. I've decided to show them with a minimum of information - please visit the original posts for the full story. Click on either... Continue Reading →

Liebster Award

Lovely surprise last night when I visited  Confessions of a Doctor to be  and found Helen Qin had nominated me for a Liebster Award. I couldn't help feeling flattered to be first on the list .. thanks Helen! Helen is a final year medical student at the University of Melbourne in Australia and regularly writes... Continue Reading →

Nautilus Nemo Time

Mobilis In Mobili ... well what can I say about this amazing experience of another world created by Damien B. Donnelly, an extravaganza of Short Film and original poetry based on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. I'm completely lost for words, I loved this short film SO MUCH! Anyone would surely enjoy... Continue Reading →

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