Nature Will Intervene

"Art in the garden has freedoms and challenges. We have to expect nature to intervene: the elements will work upon the piece long after the artist has put down her tools." --Susan Rushton; blogs at  Susan Rushton Anatomy of Colour by Sarah Emily Porter  -- by Susan Rushton Susan has well over 2000 followers.. I... Continue Reading →

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Holding On

Life gets ya down and you don't always have the strength to bounce back. You know that feeling? We're both in recovery from a bad flu we got a couple of weeks ago. As I began to get well I'd look at photos but there was no spark, no strength for thinking and writing. Blogger's... Continue Reading →

Dear Deer

Yesterday was a beautiful day, I wish more days in winter could be like yesterday! I suggested to Nigel that we take a drive to the country pub at Waikaka. We sat outside and ate burgers in the sunshine. I drank cider and Nigel had a beer. Waikaka, Southland / West Otago, New Zealand Shadowy... Continue Reading →

Kiwi Supernova

Most people know of "kiwifruit" as we call them in New Zealand. You might call them "kiwis". During my young childhood they were called "Chinese gooseberries". I've just found that the name change occurred on 15 June 1959 (it evidently took a while to catch on with the general population as I was born a... Continue Reading →

More Flora Models

A few more Brendel Models, viewed on our visit to the exhibition A Garden of Earthly Delights at the Hocken Library in Dunedin on 29 May 2019. It runs until 11 August. If you haven't seen my last post  Temple of Flora  there are more models there along with information about the models and their... Continue Reading →

Temple of Flora

In my original photo the word Digitalis is faintly visible on the base of this model foxglove, one of a collection of Brendel Models included in the Hocken Library exhibition A Garden of Earthly Delights which runs until 11 August 2019 in Dunedin, New Zealand. The models were acquired in the late 1880s and were... Continue Reading →

Natural History

"These twelve vibrantly coloured posters are from a set of 86 acquired for use as instructional and visual aids by William Blaxland Benham, Professor of Biology at the University of Otago from 1898 ... they were produced from 1894 onwards, by Fromann & Morian, a printing house in Darmstadt, Germany that existed from 1850 -... Continue Reading →

Botanical Charts

These hand-painted botanical teaching charts were produced for the Imperial College of Japan. Imperial Universities were founded by the Empire of Japan between 1886 and 1939, and were Japan's most prestigious institutions during Imperial rule. From:  A Garden of Earthly Delights (exhibition) At:        Hocken Library, Dunedin, New Zealand The exhibition runs until August 11, 2019... Continue Reading →

Clever Costume

Four Square is an iconic brand in New Zealand, a national network of grocery stores easily recognised by the colourful number four and the "four square man" always on display. I was just reading at the  Four Square website  that "Four Square turns 95 in 2019 - having been founded in 1924". This afternoon we... Continue Reading →

Bright and Colourful

Opening the doors into "A Garden of Earthly Delights" was a bright and colourful experience. It's an exciting display space to enter and a joy to explore. Here's an introduction to the exhibition (which ends on 11 August 2019). nb: this post continues on from my previous post  A Garden of Earthly Delights Hocken Library,... Continue Reading →

A Garden of Earthly Delights

This fascinating exhibition currently on display at the Hocken Library in Dunedin is well worth a visit. We went on 29 May 2019 and were both glad we'd made the time to take a look. Items on display are drawn from many different University of Otago collections and the exhibition was curated by Robyn Notman... Continue Reading →

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