This is what we see when we drive to our local Black Gully Reserve and walk in the native bush, which is primarily silver beech forest. Native beeches aren't deciduous so the bush looks much like this all year. The reserve is part of the Blue Mountain range, Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Our visit,... Continue Reading →
When we visited Dunedin Botanic Garden in May and again in June, the orange fruits on our native passionfruit vine were beautifully displayed at the front of the propagation facility. All of my photos were taken 12 June. The second photo, taken by Nigel, may have been taken in May. Dunedin, New Zealand. Click on... Continue Reading →
These photos were taken from the path in front of the propagation house, only a few years old, of the Dunedin Botanic Garden. On the opposite side of the road is the native plant collection. The long narrow garden in front of the propagation facility, shown below, is planted in natives. It's lovely! New Zealand.... Continue Reading →
This is an exhibit that I particularly enjoyed when I visited the Hurahia ana kā Whetū exhibition at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on 13 June 2021. Untitled (1994), by Peter Robinson. I've included a photo of the information about the artwork, at the end of the post. New Zealand. Click on any photo to... Continue Reading →
When we were over on the East Coast last week we spied this eye-catching front fence decorated with critters, and flowers. Adorable! South Island, New Zealand.
After leaving Stanleys Hotel at Macraes we headed out of the village in the direction of Middlemarch, the next leg of our homeward journey. The weather had worsened and it was steady light rain. Nigel leaned out of the car to get these photos for me as I was entranced by the old cart parked... Continue Reading →
Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand ~12 May. For the crocodiles see my 2017 post. Unfortunately they've since painted over every single one!
On a recent local walk, I stopped by this Presbyterian church and spent a little while there taking photos. I moved on around the corner and, still on the church property, found a very pretty holly bush with bright berries and variegated foliage. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken 06 May 2021. I wondered... Continue Reading →
We took a [very] back country route on our way home today from Dunedin, meandering back to Balclutha from Manuka Gorge via Hillend. We both enjoyed our exploration of the countryside and I loved seeing this old school at Hillend. It has a dual-purpose tennis and netball court and miscellaneous pieces of playground equipment. I... Continue Reading →
My remaining photos from when we followed the Pomahaka River to Clydevale, where the Pomahaka flows out into the Clutha River. Nearby and closer to Clydevale, when you look across to the other side of the Clutha River you see this dairy factory. It was bought some time ago by the Paris-based company Danone Nutricia.... Continue Reading →
Saturday evening I saw our PM was to do a Covid announcement at 9pm. That had to be bad so I watched. Auckland immediately into alert Level 3, the rest of NZ into Level 2 ('immediately' is my word but the new alerts took effect from 6am Sunday). Level 2 limits gatherings to 100 people... Continue Reading →
We recently happened upon this beautiful old homestead that dates back to 1906 while aimlessly driving out in the country on a back road. No historic signs or anything, just a privately owned beautiful old house. The owners were lovely and allowed us to have a look at their garden area around the home. Prior... Continue Reading →