Mother Amicus

In the "old rose" garden at Invercargill, the Jessie Calder Garden, there's a statue of Mother Amicus that looks pretty in November when the nearby rose is in bloom. I took this first photo 13 Nov 2018. Queens Park, Invercargill, New Zealand Mother Amicus "a sure friend in uncertain times" Click on either of these... Continue Reading →

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Plough Wind Vane

We were leaving Tapanui last night when we drove past a particular property and I spotted a wind vane! I haven't seen any for a while so it was exciting to find this one. In addition to the plough wind vane there was a plough on the garage roof and a novelty letterbox that looked... Continue Reading →

Introducing Ms Liz

Liz the Lizard, created by Jodi McKinney from Mars (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA) for a friend's granddaughter. What a glamorous Liz this is!

Peter Pan and Posy

We spent a little bit of time in Queens Park at Invercargill today and as we walked the main path that runs straight-as-a-dart through the Gardens, I noticed the Peter Pan statue had a pretty rhododendron flower posy in his hands. It looked really sweet so I attempted to take photos and struggled with bright... Continue Reading →

Something Fishy

This giant trout occupies a prominent position near the highway as you drive into Gore from the north. To be honest, in the light of day I haven't been that impressed by the fish. As we returned home last night after driving around admiring the beauty of a full moon, I found the illuminated trout... Continue Reading →

Mans Best Friend

I thought I'd follow the Doggone post with some photos of a wonderful canine companion that lives with his (or her) owners at the Waikaka Hotel. Waikaka is a 20-minute easy drive from Gore, a small rural village that's away from the highway and a nice quiet place to visit. Photos taken by Liz 20... Continue Reading →

Switzers Church and Cross

About 3km from the little town named Waikaia (in the middle of nowhere) that I've posted about before, there's the location of the older town that dates back to the gold mining days of the 1860s. The old town had to be moved three times because they kept siting it in the middle of gold... Continue Reading →

Blending In – or Standing Out?

This ram and sheepdog eye each other warily from the top of their respective pillars, either side of a farm entrance gate on Hillfoot Road near Clinton, South Otago. The sheep and dog blend in, in the sense that real sheep and sheepdogs are common in rural New Zealand. They stand out by being set... Continue Reading →

Sgt Dan and Christmas

Sergeant Dan on the wall of the old porridge factory in Gore is all decked out for Christmas. Nigel and I were surprised on 22 Oct to find that Sergeant Dan is now sporting a Santa hat courtesy of the local radio station. For more info about Sgt Dan see my previous post  I Am... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Cafe Mural

Mural detail inside Patagonia's chocolate and ice-cream cafe, Beach Street, Queenstown, New Zealand - their flagship store on the shore of Lake Wakatipu. Nigel took these yesterday, 27 Oct. *Click on the above photo to enlarge* The mural is on the wall behind the stairs that lead from the ground floor to the first floor... Continue Reading →

Magical Moa

Moa Flat is a picturesque rural farming area in West Otago, between Gore and Central Otago. Sometimes we choose to take this relatively minor route because of its beauty. A local farming couple commissioned an artist to create a moa sculpture for a roadside portion of their property. Its a fantastic icon for Moa Flat.... Continue Reading →

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