Purple and Gold

I love to witness the appearance of this beautiful flower in the Spring. Pulsatilla or pasque flower. According to Wikipedia: 'Derived from the Hebrew word for Passover, "pasakh", the common name pasque flower, refers to the Easter (Passover) flowering period, in the spring.' New Zealand springtime is nowhere near Easter so not very relatable for... Continue Reading →

Energy & Form

Great trip this afternoon to Taiaroa Head! Returning to the city we drove past Robert Piggott Art Gallery and noticing it was open we thought we'd call in and catch up with owner/artist Robert who also exhibits other artists' work. His current exhibition Energy & Form opened last night and runs until 20th October -... Continue Reading →

Powderpuff Tree

Powderpuff tree / Calliandra haematocephala. I saw this in the Dunedin Botanic Garden winter garden glasshouse, sub tropical area on 26 June 2020. New Zealand. The plant comes from Bolivia.

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 →

Roxburgh in the Teviot Valley

Now we live in Tapanui it's not far to drive to Roxburgh in Central Otago, an inland rural town we're fond of (wouldn't mind living there). It's right by the Clutha River and the town is surrounded by farms and orchards. There's also a hydro dam at East Roxburgh (its 60th anniversary was in 2016).... Continue Reading →

Sunset Surprise

This evening I glanced out the window and saw the outdoors bathed in a warm glow. I rushed to our west-facing bedroom window - the sky was alight! I grabbed my camera, shoved my gumboots on, and ran outside. Gorgeous winter sunset! Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand Winter Sunset in Tapanui Click on any photo... Continue Reading →

My Cup Runneth Over

Couldn't help thinking of this phrase from Psalm 23:5 in the Bible, a famous psalm that begins: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." On Wednesday, early in our journey to Oamaru, we hoped to find refreshments in Milton and stopped at this cafe - only to find it had closed at 2.30pm... Continue Reading →

Maheno Sunset

Today we drove to Oamaru, stopping en route at Balclutha (work-related stop for Nigel), refreshment break at Roslyn in Dunedin - a place where we can sit in a cafe and enjoy an awesome city / harbour view, and then on to Oamaru. Beautiful weather for a winter day and as we drove from Dunedin... Continue Reading →

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