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 →

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Everyday Nature. Street verge detail in residential area of Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Tree root with lichen, moss and other natural bits and pieces. Taken by Liz 29 June 2018

Mossburn Surrounds

These photos are all taken from the road and close to Mossburn, either as we were approaching the village or a few km down the road after we'd left. Mossburn, Northern Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Liz; 30 June, 2018 Dunrobin red tussock grassland. The Southland sub-species of red tussock is particularly fine and looks... 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 →

Mossburn Muffins Mmm!

Chocolate and caramel muffins, hot chocolate and mochaccino. Delicious afternoon tea, enjoyed at Bracken Hall cafe and gift shop. Mossburn is a tiny village way out in the Southland rural countryside. Its on the tourist route to Fiordland which probably explains why this tiny town has two cafes and a diner! I recommend Bracken Hall... Continue Reading →

Cellular. We were walking into town and I spotted these fungi in a rough bit of shrubby ground by the footpath. There were three of them in an evenly-spaced triangular grouping. Its mid-winter here and we've had a lot of rain, the landscape is boring right now. I was excited to find these interesting fungi!

Mining Crumble

I visited Dunedin Public Art Gallery on 22 June 2018 and learned about a New Zealand artist who is completely new to me (even though she is now around 80 yrs of age). Her name is Marilynn Webb ONZM, "a nationally and internationally renowned printmaker". "Since the 1960s Webb has used her work to engage... Continue Reading →

Country Cafe Coasters

Rare sunshine arrived today! This afternoon we took a delightful sunny winter drive far out into the countryside, eventually arriving in the small village of Mossburn for afternoon tea. We laughed at the bottle-top cup coasters sitting on the table...

Stripes of Coloured Lanterns

The climb to the covered Buddha at Seokguram. This photo was taken by Damien B. Donnelly who has recently returned from a visit to South Korea; the photo is used here with permission.

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 →

Peeking Into The Pantry

The Pantry is a social enterprise opened by South Alive in 2017; retail shop that sells wholefoods and specialty groceries and also has a lovely little cafe and community kitchen. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, and its very clean and organised. Located behind South City Mall in Invercargill (used to be Bin Inn). The... Continue Reading →

The Bright Room

Today's post is full of colour! When I looked around 'The Pantry' I found a little room dedicated to pet food and cleaning products. You won't believe this but I got all excited about this room with its mundane stock. You see, it has an amazingly bright colourful mural on the back wall! I've dubbed... Continue Reading →

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