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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Well Versed Gems

Stones found in Southland, New Zealand. Then polished. Myriad of splendid colours and patterns. Beauty. Appreciation.. a special gift from one Southlander to another. Collecter to poet. Sixteen polished stones. Chosen with care and matched with verse. The poet is Kay McKenzie Cooke, the verse selected from her book Born to a Red-Headed Woman. "It... Continue Reading →

Phloem Cells

Recently I've joined Twitter - way more interesting than I expected! Today I'm sharing a brilliant photo of phloem cells posted to Twitter on June 11, 2019 by Scion. Remember learning about phloem at school? - this photo would have made my learning so much more interesting! Scion is a New Zealand government-owned company or... 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 →

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 →

Colours and Cobwebs

Celebrating our southern autumn and adding a bit of balance to all the spring fever from the northern hemisphere.. the final photos from my Wednesday walk up the street plus a shot of cobwebs strewn along our little box hedge on a recent dewy morning. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand ... And then suddenly it... Continue Reading →

Holding On and Letting Go

Autumn foliage colours complement this pretty church and brighten up the street frontage, further up the street from where we live. The photos were taken during my walk yesterday, a glorious sunny, blue sky day. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand My title is taken from a quote I read this morning, I've found it's attributed... 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 →

Colours and Decor

The Frost Pot in Roxburgh, Central Otago, New Zealand. As per my last post, this shop has only been open for seven weeks and was a really nice surprise for us when we visited on Friday 12 April 2019 (NZ autumn). Nigel was a keen photographer this day and did a great job! All photos... Continue Reading →

Pretty Colours

I never know when I'm going to suddenly chance upon some colours that stop me in my tracks.. I guess that's why I'm always on the lookout for them. On Saturday in Invercargill I was blessed with two stand-out colour moments! Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. Taken 02 March 2019 At the rose garden near the... Continue Reading →

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