Bald Hill Flat

Our lovely Sunday afternoon drive (continued). I'd already mentioned that we were heading to Fruitlands, a wonderful scenic and historic area that pre-1915 was named Bald Hill Flat but then renamed Fruitlands in 1915 in recognition of fruit-growing efforts. This was short-lived as it was too cold but the name remains. It's a farming area... 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 →

Kelso Stories

My final Kelso post is the stories and photos displayed on the information signs beside the flood monument. The first photo is just a header, the others I've saved larger than usual - click on them till you have the full enlargement (usually 2x clicks). Kelso, West Otago, New Zealand - a town abandoned due... 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 →

Kelso Railway Goods Shed

Where the town of Kelso was... is now just a long grassy flat with the old railway goods shed still standing in the field. This is my second post about Kelso, a town abandoned due to repeated flooding, with especially big floods occurring in 1978 and 1980.  First post: Kelso - the Town that Was.... Continue Reading →

Kelso – the Town that Was

I recently posted a photo taken by Nigel of sheep by the Pomahaka River and I received a comment from Steve Schwartzman (Austin, Texas) saying: From Wikipedia I learned the following about the Pomahaka River: “Major flooding of the Pomahaka in 1978 led to the relocation of the town of Kelso and caused damage severe... Continue Reading →

Oamaru Directions

My last three photos from Oamaru, taken 24 July 2020. Waitaki District, New Zealand 1. Signpost of things to see - what to do in Oamaru! 2 and 3. The Victorian Rail Overbridge. Click on any photo to enlarge Overbridge route to town. Looking back toward the sea. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour... Continue Reading →

Custom House, Oamaru

After seeing  the gull  on Friday morning I explored the waterfront area a bit and then wandered toward the  Victorian Precinct  - an historic area of 'whitestone' buildings (locally quarried limestone) with art galleries, traditional crafts, second-hand bookshops, boutique breweries, food outlets and clothing shops. I was rounding the corner into the street and found... Continue Reading →

Switzers Rd Cottage

Driving along Switzers Road I looked out my passenger window to see this rustic old stone cottage on the hillside below in a farm paddock. I wonder what tales those walls could tell? Is it an old shepherd's hut, a farm worker's hut, did a family ever live there? I'll probably never know but it... Continue Reading →

The Way of Love

The Way of Love ain't easy [pause]. Love isn't warm fuzzies, rosy specs and feet barely touching the ground. Love's more than sympathy, it's grounded and sacrificial. I was touched by this account of two women from the Episcopal Church who were showing kindness to protesters on the patio of St. John’s Episcopal Church in... Continue Reading →

Ennis House LA

In yesterday's post I offered a distant glimpse of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Ennis House on a hilltop in Los Feliz, Los Angeles USA. It was a truly magical experience to see this house and I don't think I had any idea of what to expect! It looks like a huge Mayan Temple and... Continue Reading →

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