Maple Glen: Part Two

Part Two of a two-part series on our winter visit to Maple Glen Gardens on Monday 30 July 2018. Maple Glen Gardens are an extensive 45-acre private garden in the rural countryside near Wyndham, Southland, New Zealand. Maple Glen has been created from scratch, literally from farm paddocks, by the Davison family - Muriel, Bob... Continue Reading →

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Maple Glen: Part One

Maple Glen is a beautiful 45-acre private garden in the rural countryside of Southland, about a 30-minute drive from where we live in Gore. Its a huge, multi-featured garden that's open all year and personally developed and maintained by the owners. Muriel Davison created the garden from a bare paddock and at their website she's... Continue Reading →

Theme: Woven

This is a theme post on "Woven" inspired by Jean Mackay of Drawn In posting about her recent experience of basket making on a Saturday. Her sketch of various stages in the basket making process and her photo of the finished basket left me enchanted! I felt a real passion to create something more using... Continue Reading →

What Do You Fill Your Mind With?

On July 23 I introduced you to Natalie Scarberry and her beautiful and colourful (colorful in US) blog  Sacred Touches. She shared with me that some of you have since followed her and that she's received some very nice comments about her and her blog. It gave me a lot of joy to hear that... Continue Reading →

Whale Rider

On Monday when we were in Dunedin I asked Nigel to take me to the Otago Art Society Annual Exhibition. As always there was a wonderful variety of art on display but this was my favourite. This is a watercolour by Doug Hart simply called Whale Rider. ** Click on the photo to enlarge **... Continue Reading →

A Good Yarn

This'll knock ya socks off! There's a very talented lady in Dunedin who hand dyes wool in various colours to resemble the plumage of New Zealand native birds. Her name is Loris Ives and I met her about a year ago when I wandered into The Potters' Co-operative shop at 14 Stuart Street on a... Continue Reading →

Come Away With Me

Come away with me to realms of fantasy... The latest contribution in response to the Pete's Dragon creative invitation is the dramatic and powerful poem DREAMS AND DRAGONS by Damien B. Donnelly accompanied by an exquisite "little pastel sketch" also by Damien. Please, please visit "Dreams and Dragons" and immerse yourself in the magic and... Continue Reading →

Dragon Memo

Candice has brought to vibrant life a fantastical and powerful Snow Dragon in her beautiful poem "Flight of the Snow Dragon" (link below). This memo is my only post today so please check out her poem. I've added "Snow Dragon" to the top Menu on my blog and will add links there for any new... Continue Reading →

Ode to Snow Dragon

SNOW DRAGON -- Poem by Liz Cowburn; Exploring Colour Softly surging through the water Near me I would have you stay Onward going, never slowing Wondrous how you surf the waves! Dignified determination Raging torrents all around Anxious to pursue your journey Going, flowing, ocean-bound One brief glimpse through foamy spray Nature's gift, soon borne... Continue Reading →

Pete’s Dragon

Pete's Dragon as I've dubbed it, is in a photo recently posted on Pete Hillman's blog; the dragon appears in the moving water of a weir, in a canal in Staffordshire, UK. In his blog Pete discusses the different forms that he can see in the moving water and one of the things he can... Continue Reading →

Mossburn Diner-saur

Diner-saur, Dear and Deer! As we were leaving the rural Southland village of Mossburn on Saturday we drove past this diner. Now, 'diners' aren't common in New Zealand. Diners are an 'American' thing and when they occur in NZ they're usually retro, antiquated-looking places. This was no exception. What drew my attention was the long... Continue Reading →

Colourful Creation

This surely has to be one of the most beautiful shipping containers in the world! Flora and fauna in extravagant colours and patterns adorn the whole side of the container. Its a flamboyant fantasy; a vivid and vibrant paradise of recognisable creatures flaunting unearthly colours among psychedelic foliage. The container sits immediately outside The Pantry... Continue Reading →

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