It Only Takes One

Got your attention? This is one of my favourite roses at Dunedin Botanic Garden; name is 'Wild Cat'. The flowers of 'Wild Cat' were looking stupendous when I visited on 10 April 2021, our autumn. New Zealand. Rose info: Floribunda, Dickson, UK pre 2009. Click on any of the images below to enlarge. Now I'd... Continue Reading →

Fried Egg

A bit of fun today, in response to blog-friend Mike Powell whose posts are full of facts, fun and fabulous fotos! This morning on Facebook I found he'd posted a photo showing the yellow-centre detail of a daisy and he said: "Yesterday morning I spotted this tiny green metallic sweat bee on a Shasta daisy... Continue Reading →

Sam Hunt, Portobello Pub

Had a couple of nights in Dunedin. One highlight was the opportunity to visit a new exhibition at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, an important one but I'll explain why in another post. When it opened to the public on Saturday we attended the introductory talk and then returned again today (Sunday). This painting (below) is... Continue Reading →

A Cover Like No Other

It was love at first sight when I saw the gorgeous cover of Kay's fourth book of poems; my favourite book cover ever. The beautiful face, soulful eyes and bright colours radiate pure joy and wonder that go straight to my heart, satisfying my deepest longings for colour. ~ Upturned, poems by New Zealand writer... Continue Reading →

Eat the Storms

Irish-NZ postal disruptionsa storm in a teacup.Nigel arrived this eveningproudly bearing'Eat the Storms'.At long last (!) I getto begin the banquet. Eat the Storms --by-- Damien B. Donnelly Damien's blog: Deuxiemepeau Poetry book shop: Eat the Storms the story behind this vibrant and colourful poetry collection Text and photo by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

‘Upturned’ meets Clutha, at Beaumont

Upturned, by Kay McKenzie Cooke 'Upturned' is the fourth book of poems by Kay McKenzie Cooke and before buying it I was already familiar with Kay's writing as I'd borrowed several of her previous books from public libraries and enjoyed the poems. Many poems refer to places in the south of New Zealand that I'm... Continue Reading →

Hello Yellow

Yellow's bright and cheerful. I welcome it, especially now we're in the grey days of winter in New Zealand. I decided it's time to put together another YELLOW post and this one is super-loaded ...enjoy! You can't miss yellow, even if there's only a little bit 🙂 This time I've sourced majorly from Twitter so... Continue Reading →

Upturned – Book Launch

This evening we attended a book launch at University Book Shop in Dunedin for the fourth book of poems by Kay McKenzie Cooke whose poetry I enjoy enormously. Kay is a Dunedin poet who was born and raised in Southland and the book includes poems that specifically relate to places not far from where I... Continue Reading →

Candy Floss Clouds

Writer Jane Dougherty shared a photo of pink sunset clouds with an imaginative poem inspired by the view, in Come and play with the cloud people. She also invited readers to 'borrow' her photo to inspire their own poem or prose. I started playing with words for a haiku and the lines came together surprisingly... Continue Reading →

Priceless Gift

-- poem by Eileen Carney Hulme Poet in Scotland, three books published Stroking The Air 2005, The Space Between Rain 2010, The Stone Messenger 2015 [poem used with permission] Twitter:  @strokingtheair I was delighted to also find on Twitter this lovely colourful photo of a starling mumuration at Brighton (UK). Many thanks to Marianna Bjerglys,... Continue Reading →

Bristol Sunset

A contemplation of colour. This morning on Twitter I found a wonderful poem about sunset colours - this particular sunset happened to be in Bristol, UK. In the poem the sunset colours are matched with sources they could have been derived from here on earth. Let's look at some natural colour sources before enjoying the... Continue Reading →

Flying Blind

We drove to Nelson Lakes,
past Lake Rotoiti,
up the mountain,
gaining height,
attained the carpark,
secured the steely steed. [more...]

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