Out of the Box

In my post  Nature Will Intervene  of 17 July, I linked to an excellent post by WP blogger Susan Rushton that has photos and thoughts about the art installation Anatomy of Colour by Sarah Emily Porter ...permanent installation at Broomhill Art, Devon (UK). I included Nigel's response to seeing Susan's post: “This is kind-of subversive”... Continue Reading →

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Remote Control

At the wave of his hand, Nigel controls the mountain scene and navigates the alpine panorama. For us this was a 'sideshow' to the exhibition we'd arrived to see at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on 23 July 2019 - but fun! I had a go too 🙂 Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Tiger Tea, Hampden

Driving through Hampden on our way back to Dunedin from Oamaru, I spotted a lovely Tiger Tea advertisement on the side of a shop and asked Nigel to turn around. I really love these old ads. There's a number of them in Dunedin, even a Tiger Tea bus in the Settlers Museum. I was taken... Continue Reading →

RedRobin Cafe 02

This post continues RedRobin Cafe. The owner of RedRobin Cafe is Robin Stock. When we entered the cafe we chatted a bit and I asked his name - he replied "Robin". I glanced at Nigel and said Nigel's Dads name is 'Robin'. A little later I mentioned Nigel and had barely got three words out... Continue Reading →

I am Wind

In my last post  Connections  I revealed that of the four Elements I've decided that I identify with Air and more specifically with Wind. From Te Ara Encyclopedia, "Invercargill has more gale days than any other city in New Zealand except Wellington. Other parts of Southland experience extreme wind too." This from an old 2007... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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