Upturned Turns Up

Upturned turns up, bright and colourful as ever. My much loved, signed copy, with me at illys Cafe in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. This Sunday I'll share the story of the beautiful cover! Poems by Dunedin writer and poet, Kay McKenzie Cooke. Published by The Cuba Press. New Zealand. About the book. And... Kay... Continue Reading →

Bracken Hall

Great cafe and gift shop at Mossburn (which is on the route to Fiordland). When Nigel was over that way for work on 24 November I asked him to check if this place is still open. Still very much open (yay!) and he was able to get refreshments there. Southland, New Zealand. Toad of Bracken... Continue Reading →

Bouquet of Sharpened Pencils

Ok, so I stole my title from a line in the movie You've Got Mail but these 'Woodland Pencils' are seriously wonderful! I found them displayed for sale in a cafe we visited today, TurQuoise CaFe right by the main road in the Ettrick orchard area, Central Otago. If you're going that way don't miss... Continue Reading →

Time For Tea

In Dunedin this morning we exited the public library to find rain had set in so we quickly made our way to Nova Cafe in the Octagon. This is a great place to get a decent pot of tea. New Zealand. Tea for me is serious business ... Nigel was chief-of-the-teapot but he had camera... Continue Reading →

Something Fishy

Lantern shades adorning the cafe in the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula (near Dunedin, New Zealand). These two shades were signed 'Rebekah Langsbury'. I've already posted about the other two by M.Tuffery in Marine Shades. Click on any photo to enlarge Photos 1-2, 4-5 by Liz; photos 3, 6-7 by Nigel Text... Continue Reading →

Marine Shades

We much admired these marine-theme lantern shades adorning the cafe in the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula. The two shades featured here are signed 'M.Tuffery'. I assume the artist is Michel Tuffery, https://micheltuffery.co.nz/ Photos taken Saturday 10 October 2020. Dunedin, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge --photos 1 and 3-5... Continue Reading →

Wobbly Goat

The Wobbly Goat Cafe, Outram is a fabulous cafe that we visited last time we were on our way home from Dunedin. Outram is a small rural town not far from Dunedin (close to Mosgiel). We visited 11 August 2020 and really enjoyed the experience, we've promised ourselves we'll go again! Outram (Taieri Plain), Dunedin,... Continue Reading →

The Trees of the Field

Yesterday (Sunday) was fabulously fine and we set out to enjoy the glorious winter afternoon. I asked Nigel to take us to Fruitlands in Central Otago, and to stop in Roxburgh for a late lunch. Here's the early part of our trip. Click on any photo to enlarge. En route, we descended from Moa Flat... Continue Reading →

Round Oamaru

Some photos taken by me 'round Oamaru on Friday 24 July 2020. Oamaru, Waitaki District, New Zealand. 1. Native plant bursting through 'porthole' in steel fence (fence visible in photo 4). 2. My wonderful hot chocolate at Steam cafe. 3. Railway that crosses the main street, then curves round to the seafront. 4. Miniature streets... 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 →

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