Winter Willow

On that freezing cold Saturday, 02 June, when we were on our way home through Central Otago, we passed these frozen willows. This was after we'd left Fruitlands and we were somewhere between Gorge Creek and Shingle Creek. Central Otago, New Zealand. The trees were right by the highway. - Photo by Nigel Some of... Continue Reading →

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Lessons of Nature by Tanja Britton

A new addition to the Where and What is Beauty? series. At the end of May I read this wonderful post by Tanja that she'd posted earlier in May. She kindly agreed to my request to reblog it in its entirety, as part of my series. Blog Home:  Tanja Britton   Lives and writes at the... Continue Reading →

Fruitless Fruitlands

Speargrass Inn is a beautifully restored historic hotel now operating as a cafe with separate B&B accommodation. We'd hoped to enjoy the cafe on our way back home on Saturday. The district where Speargrass Inn is located is called Fruitlands and we found the cafe had closed for the winter hence my title 'Fruitless Fruitlands'.... Continue Reading →

Bossy Bovines in Oklahoma USA

Dairy Living. For most of us dairy living is a trip to the supermarket to take a few bottles of milk off the shelf. We struggle home with the weight and thankfully deposit it in the fridge. Done! What do we know of the cows that eat the grass and produce the milk? Of the... Continue Reading →

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 →

Back to Base at Bannockburn

After my adventures in rabbit-land I was keen to get back to the village. I found myself up against a locked gate and was obliged to clamber over a rail fence. A few steps more and I saw this brightly coloured and appropriately themed utility box. I was quite tired at this point and reluctant... Continue Reading →

Brakes Please !!

While at Bannockburn, Nigel and I took a drive down Bannockburn Road and I said to him "I think this is the road that leads to the old stone woolshed, opposite the Nevis road". And sure enough we came around a bend and there was the woolshed. This woolshed is a very interesting structure with... Continue Reading →

Rabbits and Roses

Let's look a bit further at the surrounding area near the pillar of earth from my last post. It was a rough patch of ground with rabbit holes scattered everywhere. As I walked about, the rabbits themselves would take fright and run about helter skelter. Rose bushes were scattered around everywhere too; they're wild and... Continue Reading →

Setting Boundaries

In the gold rush days it was illegal for miners to remove the surveyed boundary pegs of a mining claim so the miners would work around them, leaving a pillar of earth under the peg. When visiting old sluicing sites you see these pillars standing alone - they kinda catch your attention. I had some... Continue Reading →

Over the Shaky Bridge I Found Gold

After walking across the Shaky Bridge I followed a rough road that led around the cafe and had a wonderful time enjoying the autumn colour, found after walking a short distance. This post continues yesterday's post Filling in Time, Shaky Bridge. Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand. Visited Thursday, 19 April 2018 Photo below: Alexandra Clock... Continue Reading →

Filling in Time, Shaky Bridge

As strange as it may seem, time and a shaky bridge came together in a recent visit to Alexandra in Central Otago. Nigel was attending one day of a National Irrigation Conference. I kept him company for the trip but had the day to myself. The shaky bridge is a short walk out of the... Continue Reading →

Pulling Together

There were six horse teams at the National Ploughing Championships at Thornbury, Southland, New Zealand. These are the four horse teams that I haven't yet featured in my posts. Photos taken when we attended on Saturday 14 April. Two-Horse team resting. The ploughman has left for a short break. The Six-Horse team has finished a... Continue Reading →

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