Teach Us To See

“Always continue walking a lot and loving nature, for that’s the real way to learn to understand art better and better. Painters understand nature and love it, and teach us to see.” -- Vincent Van Gogh Great post from Mike Powell on 15 Jan. He shared how a beautiful winter photo he'd taken of a male... Continue Reading →

Bright Red Gate

We both loved this wonderful gate (see below), found while taking a look at St Patrick's Basilica in South Dunedin, New Zealand. The church itself is a fantastic building but our photos of that will have to wait for another post. Photo taken by Nigel, 25 Dec 2019. Also, I recommend watching this interview with... Continue Reading →

We Are The Lifeline

"We are the lifeline if anything goes wrong, so we have an important role to play, and I think people are generally very grateful for what we do," Charmaine says. Aboriginal mums / grand mums who started a fire brigade to protect their area: "There was a sense of helplessness before we came along but... Continue Reading →

Red Bottlebrush Flowers

These beautiful red bottlebrush flowers are at Dunedin Botanic Gardens, New Zealand. Taken by Liz on Christmas Day 2019. Callistemon species, Australian garden.

Great Shape

I was enthralled with this plant when I came across it in the South African area of Dunedin Botanic Garden. The name of it is Crinum bulbispermum or Orange River lily. Initially the flower attracted me but then also the form of the foliage. In the second photo the form of the flowers, buds and... Continue Reading →

Crawling With Ladybirds

Some time ago Nigel spotted this red car in Dunedin and it's a beauty! The guy on the left is legging it.. ladybird phobia, I wonder? Nigel's take: reluctantly using his wife's car and it's like ... SHAME !!!  Any other ideas? (apart from 'he wants to get out of the photo') To enlarge a... Continue Reading →

Nandina (heavenly bamboo)

Early Spring 2019, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 05 Sept, Oamaru Gardens. Very interesting blog about Nandina:  Heavenly Bamboo is a graceful shrub... Text by Liz and photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2019)

Questions, few answers

Street trees ablaze with immense profusion of red crabapples, their fiery effect stunning in the bare winter landscape of Alexandra, Central Otago. Taken late in the day with the sun about to disappear, 08 Aug 2019. New Zealand. Earlier today, Jane Dougherty pondered weighty questions in her poem Questions, few answers. I invite you to... Continue Reading →

RedRobin Cafe

Without question this is the best boutique cafe that we've ever been to. Robin Stock the owner has been in New Zealand for over 20 years, well-travelled (has been a mural painter) and hails from London/Sussex (UK). This tiny cafe is in North Oamaru and Robin offers a hearty welcome, banter, and delicious food and... Continue Reading →

I Go Weak

Admiring this brilliant photo by Steve Gingold I pondered the words for my title. I'd found the photo on his blog, requested permission, got a prompt response, and wanted to publish. I considered Silent Admiration (my response when I first saw the photo) but it seemed too ho-hum. I focused on the beauty of colour... Continue Reading →

Curly Tale of a Lady-Pig

Once upon a time a couple went to Invercargill on a Saturday outing. After chilling out in a city cafe for hours they walked back to their car on a back street. Looking through a high office window the lady got quite animated - she'd spotted a plump pig with a ladybird bottom on the... Continue Reading →

Momentous

Yes.. I was back in The Frost Pot this afternoon. Roxburgh, Central Otago, New Zealand. Blackcurrent and coconut gelato topped with NZ Berry Fusion sorbet. Can't beat it!

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