My Cathedral

Kiss of the sun for pardon. Song of the birds for mirth. You’re closer to God’s heart in a garden than any place else on earth. – Dorothy Frances Gurney When I was a kid my older brother, already married/in his own home, would sometimes play My Cathedral /Jim Reeves on a Sunday morning. YouTube:... Continue Reading →

Brighten The Blue

We were in Dunedin much of Thurs/Fri/Sat and managed to spend time in Dunedin Botanic Garden on Sat before reluctantly leaving to go home. Many native kōwhai trees are in glorious golden blossom now, and these below were particularly bright and gorgeous - stunning against the perfect blue sky. There's much to make us anxious... Continue Reading →

Roxburgh Dam

We turned off the main highway because I wanted to drive over the Roxburgh Dam. My photo's taken from the boat ramp after crossing. Central Otago, New Zealand. 16 Aug.

Dodging Dastardly Blocks

I've seen genuine angst from some bloggers struggling with the recent WP change to the Block Editor. I get your frustration. There's aspects of this transition that frustrate me too. I want to assure you that your concerns are real and in my opinion WP have done a terrible job of handling this. Before I... Continue Reading →

Just A Farm Pond

Saw this beautiful farm pond as we were returning from Fruitlands and heading to Roxburgh, in Central Otago, New Zealand. We both took photos. There was also a resident pair of Paradise Shelducks (I'll share photos of them in another post). You can clearly see the female's white head in the first photo, and the... Continue Reading →

Kelso Dairy Factory

The old dairy factory is the first building that drew my attention to Kelso. It's further away from the river than the monument and railway goods shed, and close to a route that we've sometimes taken when driving. Eye-catching building. This is the third post in my Kelso series. Kelso, West Otago, New Zealand. Photos... Continue Reading →

Well Mannered Gull

It was Friday midday and I was down the waterfront at Oamaru killing time while Nigel had a work-related meeting in a cafe in town. I got out my Panasonic Lumix camera to take a photo of the sea when I saw that this gull further down the railing was sidling quickly toward me along... Continue Reading →

Waikaia River in Winter

Soon after we left the town of Waikaia on Saturday 13 June, I suggested to Nigel that we turn down a side road that headed straight toward the Waikaia River. It gave us access to the riverside and I took these photos with my cellphone. It's now winter here in New Zealand. Waikaia is in... 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 →

Distance

Distant view brought closer using the zoom lens. Central Otago on a bright afternoon, New Zealand. Taken 22 March 2020 (autumn in NZ). Near Ophir.

Unbearable

The bearers are bending! --Nigel's response when I told him my title. This concrete water tank is a sight to see, along one of our favourite NZ lockdown walking routes. I wonder how long the stand will continue to support its heavy burden? We look at it with a mix of horror and fascination! These... Continue Reading →

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