Finding Beauty Close to Home, by Jean Mackay

The late-November sun casts long shadows, even at high noon. Russet leaves still hang on the oaks, though the maple and walnut and birch are bare. The stream alongside the driveway runs blue and black and cold as it makes its way past the house and through the woods beyond. I am grateful every day... Continue Reading →


Buried in Roses

Literally. There's an old cemetery in North Dunedin beautifully situated alongside the Dunedin Botanic Gardens arboretum and near Lovelock Bush. We went there for the first time two or three weeks ago and were charmed by the old graves with their statues and little rusting railings, the trees, and the roses just coming into bloom.... Continue Reading →

Four Seasons with Jodi

With Jodi's kind permission I'm sharing some of my favourite posts from her fantastic blog, of which you could say that I'm a devoted follower. If you enjoy beauty, art and inspiration (not to mention mouth-watering food recipes) then Jodi's blog simply has it all! I feel honoured that Jodi so generously allows me to... Continue Reading →

Beauty – An Open Heart

Guest Post By Karen at Bottlebrush Red Photography (Fine Art Flower Photography). What is Beauty and Where can you find it? To see beauty, to feel it, to breathe it and portray it In your Photography, you must have an open heart. [Click photo to read on]

Little Bird Sang For Me

Earlier this month I was in the old rose garden at Invercargill on a grey, wet Saturday. I was very disappointed with the weather - this was supposed to be a little break for Nigel and I when we could get out and wander the gardens in Queens Park, something we really enjoy when we're... Continue Reading →

Yellow Submarine Street Art

This mural of a Yellow Submarine is in an alley near where SO's office is located in Stafford Street, Dunedin, New Zealand. The Beatles are featured on the opposite wall (below). Click on either photo to view a larger size image.   The text on the wall reads: We all want to help one another.... Continue Reading →

Where and What is Beauty?

Think about it ... there is no easy answer to this question! Negativity threatens to overwhelm us and its easy to feel swamped with all the political problems, social issues and environmental concerns. I was reflecting on these things earlier in the week and found myself thinking about the Beauty that I've discovered since joining... Continue Reading →

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