Bright is Beautiful

Yesterday morning I came across a colourful blog-post by Sayanti Dasgupta that features the photo below, and I was blown away by it. Sayanti was very helpful answering my questions and I found out that this Gond mural is next to the entrance of the first floor of her house. I also learned from Sayanti... Continue Reading →

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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

I found this lovely oil painting on display at Dunedin Public Art Gallery when I visited on Monday 21 May 2018. The girl is blowing on a dandelion seed-head in time-honoured fashion to determine whether she is loved or not. The painter is Carlo Eduardo Perugini and he was born in Naples but moved to... Continue Reading →

Heads Up!

Walking back along Princes Street to the Octagon (city centre), I passed by Victorian-era Wains Hotel and glancing up I caught sight of the wonderful mythological heads looking down at me. I noticed two pairs of heads and they are really impressive so I stopped to take some photos for this blog. Wains Hotel in... Continue Reading →

Ned Kelly Re-visited

When I was in Dunedin on Monday 21 May I paid a short visit to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and looked at part of the 'World View' exhibition. Starting with 'Australia' I found that Ned Kelly was featured in two of the paintings on display, both by Sidney Nolan (Australian painter, 1917 - 1992).... Continue Reading →

Shades of Pink

Some very interesting images containing 'pink' have caught my attention recently. It all started with this amazing photo of a Roseate Spoonbill taken by Ted Jennings (South Carolina Lowcountry, USA). Such an array of pinks through to red, incredible! Note that there are pale orange highlights as well - on the tail and under the... Continue Reading →

Ploughing Ahead

63rd National Ploughing Championships held in Thornbury, Southland, New Zealand. That's where Nigel and I headed on Saturday 14 April on a bright sunny day with a rather biting cold wind. Today's post is a light-hearted introduction but don't mistake the seriousness of this competition. In two of the classes, the winners get the opportunity... Continue Reading →

Earnscleugh, Just Passing Through

We departed Clyde on Saturday morning 31 March to return home via Central Otago on one of my favourite drives. We crossed the Clutha River via the Clyde Bridge to drive the route through the Earnscleugh Valley. This valley lies between Clyde and Alexandra, and has orchards and vineyards lining the road on either side.... Continue Reading →

Street Appeal in Clyde

Strolling streets in Clyde on a warm autumn evening was a treat! Here are some things that captured our interest while wandering aimlessly in the town centre. Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand. Easter; Good Friday evening, 30 March 2018 View looking back up the main street. We however were heading in the opposite direction. Photo... Continue Reading →

Tough Guy in Tapanui

Today I'm sharing a little bit of Australia with you in the form of this letterbox sculpture in Tapanui (Otago, New Zealand). We walked past it the other day and Nigel referred to it as 'Ned Kelly'. Now, I know the name 'Ned Kelly' from a saying I've long been familiar with where one person... Continue Reading →

Christmas Snow

Christmas in New Zealand is in summer so I've been really enjoying photos posted by those of you overseas who have had early, or even rare, snowfalls. So I've put together a Christmas Snow post to celebrate and share your lovely snow photos that I've enjoyed so much. All photos used with permission. My leading... Continue Reading →

Naturally Designed by Nigel

It was a real pleasure for me on Wed 6 Dec to accompany Nigel on a trip to Balclutha to visit the new subdivision named Plantation Heights with which he's involved through his company Growplan. Nigel is a Landscape Architect, based in Dunedin and actively working through Otago and Southland, and further afield by arrangement.... Continue Reading →

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