Holding On and Letting Go

Autumn foliage colours complement this pretty church and brighten up the street frontage, further up the street from where we live. The photos were taken during my walk yesterday, a glorious sunny, blue sky day. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand My title is taken from a quote I read this morning, I've found it's attributed... Continue Reading →

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Come On In

When I walked up the street yesterday in the glorious autumn sunshine, these three properties seemed to welcome me in with their feeling of open-ness and warmth. All three are very different but I felt drawn to each one. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand Either of the horizontal photos can be viewed larger (click on... Continue Reading →

Waipapa Point Lighthouse

This is my weather vane post but the lighthouse is interesting in its own right. Its an historic and working lighthouse, automated these days (since 1975). This is one of the last wooden lighthouses built in New Zealand and was first lit on January 01, 1884. Happily for the visitor its very easy to get... Continue Reading →

AMP Amicus in Oamaru

Early this year I did a blog-post about  Mother Amicus  in the old rose garden in Queens Park, Invercargill. We were standing on a street corner in Oamaru and I suddenly realised a statue perched on top of the opposite building was the same figure as what I'd seen in Invercargill. These photos show the... Continue Reading →

Oamaru Patterns

Oamaru is such a beautiful and interesting town with its Whitestone buildings, arts and crafts, nice cafes, steam punk, colours and patterns. Its a great place to just "be", to wander around and relax, take in the beauty and enjoy the lovely light (Oamaru always seems to be blessed with a special quality of light!)... Continue Reading →

William Bee, Oamaru NZ

We found this delightful shop in the heart of the Victorian Precinct in Oamaru, full of colour and interesting things. Well worth a visit and the lady was fine about me taking a few photos for my blog. Their business name reflects the history of the building. William Bee General Merchants   |   website There's an... Continue Reading →

The Last Post (1864)

We had dinner here on the evening of 21 Jan 2019, the first time we've set foot inside the building. This is the original Post Office building in Oamaru. I knew it'd changed owners and thought it would be a good time to take a look inside. Oamaru, East Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken by... Continue Reading →

Baark of the Town

We wanted a leg-stretch and wandered up a street leading out of the town centre of Oamaru. Being uphill it also gave us a vantage point from which to take a few photos. This striking shop stopped us in our tracks and after taking photos we returned to town. Baarkers Dog Grooming, 36 Tees Street,... Continue Reading →

Dream Weaver

Dot Smith loves pink and always wanted a castle. After a lifetime of dairy farming, raising a family, running businesses, and making gardens she finally got around to achieving her childhood dream - her very own castle. I'll leave it at that but if you'd like to read more there's an article HERE. Photos taken... Continue Reading →

A Yarn About Wool

Sheep and wool. Sheep are everywhere in New Zealand. There's no shortage of wool either. Taken by Liz through a shop window in Oamaru. "The Woolstore". One of the Victorian commercial buildings in the Historic Precinct in Oamaru. These are built of Oamaru Stone (limestone) and are often referred to as whitestone buildings. Most were... Continue Reading →

Looking At Houses

Remember when I visited the  Sunbeam Milk Bar  in Gore? We took a walk along a street while there and found the different properties very interesting, a surprising number of art deco details evident. They're humble abodes but I felt very at-home with the houses in this street; I remember that, in regard to the... Continue Reading →

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