No 3 Balaclava Street

A Little Bird Told Me - this is a lovely designer homeware, clothing and accessories shop that used to be housed in a church building in Wyndham. Some time ago I noticed that the church property was advertised for sale. When we were in town the other day, we popped down Balaclava Street to see... Continue Reading →


Wyndham Windmill (and more)

Leaving Wyndham, we decided to take the Wyndham - Mataura route and I'd completely forgotten about Windmill Corner! Nigel stopped for me to take a quick shot or two. [This blog-post continues yesterday's post]. Here are some photos taken back in town before we left: first up, my photo of the Four Square supermarket in... Continue Reading →

What’s it like in Wyndham?

Wyndham is a rural village in Southland that I've always had a bit of a soft spot for. When we lived in The Catlins we often stopped at the dairy in Wyndham for a burger. They did great burgers and it was a convenient place to stop and have refreshments when going on a drive.... Continue Reading →

Rustic Little Country Barn

This is a favourite barn of mine. Hadn't seen it for ages until we went from Gore to Lumsden on Sun 04 March. The barn is at Balfour. I love its simple shape and the view with the green silo at one end. The plants in the foreground are New Zealand flax. The first photo... Continue Reading →

Americana Surprise in Southland

On Sunday 04 March we headed way out west from Gore and landed up in Lumsden... ** Click twice on any image to view full-size ** Hungry and thirsty, we were drawn to this promising-looking cafe and bar Inside, a 1955 Dodge Kingsway has made itself at home The Route 6 website describes the cafe... Continue Reading →

Willow, Wicker and Weaving

Riverstone Kitchen has extensive beautiful and functional gardens surrounding the restaurant, retail buildings and carpark. Nigel gave me free rein on the photos he took so despite losing mine in yesterday's laptop disaster I can still share some of the experience. This post continues my previous post Dot's Dream Castle so you can find more... Continue Reading →

Dot’s Dream Castle

This story begins with COLOUR. Yesterday, driving home from Kurow, we'd driven through Waitaki Bridge and were on our way to Oamaru. Suddenly in front of us was a big sign for Riverstone Kitchen. My excitement knew no bounds... I'd long wanted to visit this place! Both of these photos were taken from their car... Continue Reading →

Naturally Designed by Nigel

It was a real pleasure for me on Wed 6 Dec to accompany Nigel on a trip to Balclutha to visit the new subdivision named Plantation Heights with which he's involved through his company Growplan. Nigel is a Landscape Architect, based in Dunedin and actively working through Otago and Southland, and further afield by arrangement.... Continue Reading →

The Tower Stairs

  Today I present a photo taken by a photographer whose work I admire very much. His name is Lignum Draco. He's been posting photo articles about his recent trip to Cuba and this photo particularly caught my attention. I'm pleased to share it here with his permission.   Photo by Lignum Draco   "Centrally... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Colour

Spontaneous sharing and celebration of colour. Enjoy! This photo is from the Mere Colours post published by Joanne Koo of Singapore yesterday on her blog Pot Gardening. She took this photo while at an exhibition called For Better Endings, New Beginnings, an art exhibition by Yellow Ribbon Project that was held at the Singapore Art... Continue Reading →

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