Waikaia Poem

Yesterday afternoon after an art gallery event in Gore, we made a spur-of-the-moment decision to drive to Waikaia for pizza in the pub rather than return to our too-warm home in Gore (height of summer here in New Zealand). The photos here were all taken yesterday and I'm also presenting a Waikaia poem by Kay... Continue Reading →

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Oamaru Thistle Sign

While walking down an Oamaru street we noticed an attractive "thistle" sign above an office building. I was interested in what the shadow would be like and asked Nigel if he would please photograph it in addition to me because he had his Olympus Digital camera and would capture more detail at a distance than... Continue Reading →

Old Time Chaff Cutting

Photos of chaff cutting from when we visited the Southland Steam Engine Club rally yesterday at Brydone near Gore, Southland, New Zealand. I've published some other chaff cutting photos in my  first post  about the event. Laying out the drive belt By Liz Drive belt and wheel at the steam tractor end of the setup... Continue Reading →

Ye Olde Missile Launcher

Well, the chimney folded down made me imagine a missile launcher! This steam engine is a particularly colourful and attractive example, the first machine I looked at when we arrived at the Southland Steam Engine Club rally at Brydone near Gore yesterday. Southland, New Zealand It was my understanding that this engine works fine but... Continue Reading →

Southland Steam

The  Southland Steam Engine Club  are having a 60th Anniversary Rally this weekend at Brydone, not far from Gore. I've wanted to visit the property anyway - it has an old Dairy Factory on site. We spent the morning there and both enjoyed our visit immensely! The event is also on tomorrow (Sunday) Banner, strung... Continue Reading →

Overnight in Oamaru

In January when we stayed in Oamaru overnight, we chose a hotel that we've dined in several times but never stayed at - The Brydone Hotel. Its an old building and we weren't sure if we'd like the accommodation but were pleasantly surprised and very happy with our room which even included a bath in... Continue Reading →

Oamaru Railway: Nigel

In Oamaru the railway tracks are located right next to the ocean, forming a boundary between town and sea. On 21 January we both enjoyed exploring this area near the old railway station and my photos have already been posted in  Which Way: Oamaru Railway. I wanted to select from Nigel's photos for this post.... Continue Reading →

Oamaru Coastline

When we were taking photos at Oamaru in the vicinity of the coastal railroad that separates the town from the Pacific Ocean, Nigel stepped a bit further out and got these photos of the coastline - north and south views. Taken by Nigel, 21 Jan 2019. Oamaru, East Otago, New Zealand Oamaru coastline, view north.... Continue Reading →

Which Way: Oamaru Railway

My introduction to Oamaru starts from an unlikely place, the old railway station. Others would no doubt start with the whitestone buildings, the Victorian precinct, the penguins, steampunk. But I want to start from the sea alongside which the railroad runs, boundary between town and seafront. This area feels forgotten, situated at the "back" of... Continue Reading →

Wind Vane: Bell Tea

Nigel spotted this wind vane arrow on top of the  Bell Tea  building in Dunedin and took some photos for me, on 13 October 2018 but I never got around to doing the post! The hyperlink on "Bell Tea" links to another post I did about the same building on 28 May 2018. The building... Continue Reading →

Drawn to the Light

Drawn to the light. Tidal canvas for beautiful reflections at St Clair, Dunedin, New Zealand. Old groyne piles that date back to 1921, survivors.

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