Fossil Lake, Foulden Maar

Beautiful drawing of Foulden Maar fossil lake deposit. "This reconstruction of the 23-million-year-old fossil lake deposit Foulden Maar in Otago, New Zealand, was commissioned by palaeontologist Dr Daphne Lee and drawn by artist/ecologist Dr Paula Peeters. The preservation of the site is so good that individual flowers, leaves, and insects can be identified. The drawing... Continue Reading →

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They Don’t Bat an Eyelid

It seems that huge commercial interests don't bat an eyelid at mining 23 MILLION years of preserved history and processing it into poultry and pig feed. I've recently shared with you the amazing discovery of ancient moa footprints and NOW, only a short distance away, at Foulden Maar... Credit: By Kimberley Collins - Own work,... Continue Reading →

Joy is Water

Joy, then, is water -- the first line of a  beautiful and refreshing poem  that I read recently and it inspired me to think about putting together a "water" post (working on it at present). Then I thought of the engaging lion fountain that we'd seen in Los Angeles, so wonderful it left an impression... Continue Reading →

Creativity is Crucial to All Studies

It's Sunday here in New Zealand and this morning I sat down to read a new post from a blog I've only just started following. I really appreciated the discussion and understood the writer's concerns - due to my familiarity with the challenges that Nigel faces as a Landscape Architect. Any photos used below are... Continue Reading →

Shades of Blue

Blue is commonly associated with sadness yet I've noticed that many bloggers will respond to a photo of beautiful blue flowers by enthusiastically proclaiming that blue is their favourite colour! Here is a stunning watercolour painting of blue irises recently posted on her blog by Jodi McKinney and used here with Jodi's permission. Aren't they... Continue Reading →

Bedroom Lightshade

The last occupants of our new home were artists and worked in stained glass and in pottery. The couple have gone into care and we've inherited some of their work. Our bedroom lightshade is one example. It sits beneath the light-bulb and therefore dims the light. Having always favoured brightly lit rooms I had no... Continue Reading →

The Good Shepherd

I wanted to share this wonderful beauty with you for Easter. In New Zealand it's now late afternoon on Good Friday - for many of you this post will be in time for your Good Friday. This is a reblog of  The Good Shepherd  by Candia from  Candia Comes Clean When I requested permission to... Continue Reading →

Art at the Dentist

My sweet tooth adores fudge and Wednesday afternoon, for the first time in ages, I bought some maple and walnut fudge. We went home and had a cup of tea, along with a toffee pop biscuit. Crunch.. what is the hard bit? Oh no, part of a tooth on my upper-right had completely broken off... Continue Reading →

AMP Amicus in Oamaru

Early this year I did a blog-post about  Mother Amicus  in the old rose garden in Queens Park, Invercargill. We were standing on a street corner in Oamaru and I suddenly realised a statue perched on top of the opposite building was the same figure as what I'd seen in Invercargill. These photos show the... Continue Reading →

Oamaru Patterns

Oamaru is such a beautiful and interesting town with its Whitestone buildings, arts and crafts, nice cafes, steam punk, colours and patterns. Its a great place to just "be", to wander around and relax, take in the beauty and enjoy the lovely light (Oamaru always seems to be blessed with a special quality of light!)... Continue Reading →

Art Fibre Snippet

Susan Nunn has very kindly taken the time to respond to each of my posts about her exhibits at the Art Fibre Exhibition in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her comments came through this afternoon - each post has its own individual response providing extensive information about the particular work and her art. To read her responses... Continue Reading →

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