Kaitangata

Small rural town (population ~800) 12km from Balclutha. The mighty Clutha River flows through Balclutha, then winds its way past Kaitangata ('Kai'). We took a drive out there yesterday, 18 October 2020. Clutha District, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge Hut and jetty by the Clutha River, at Kai. Where we'd stopped, I... Continue Reading →

Energy & Form

Great trip this afternoon to Taiaroa Head! Returning to the city we drove past Robert Piggott Art Gallery and noticing it was open we thought we'd call in and catch up with owner/artist Robert who also exhibits other artists' work. His current exhibition Energy & Form opened last night and runs until 20th October -... Continue Reading →

Tapanui Community

I took these photos 30 March 2020 when New Zealand was in early Level 4 lockdown for Covid, we were one month into the autumn season. Nigel and I had taken a Monday exercise walk, finding our way to the town rugby fields and then wandering back via the golf course. Tapanui, West Otago, New... Continue Reading →

We Can Do This, Again

Community transmission has raised its ugly head and New Zealand no longer enjoys Level 1 freedom. Auckland has gone to Level 3 and the rest of the country is now Level 2 - for the next 12 days anyway. I've seen absolute nonsense written about our situation here. Don't believe trash reports about our fascist... 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 Flood Monument

Kelso 1865 - 1980. This monument erected on the former site of Wrightson N.M.A. Commemorates the township of Kelso. Finally destroyed by the 1980 flood. [Pomahaka River]. West Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken by Nigel 26 July 2020. Click on any photo to enlarge The highest point of the bars denote the flood levels. Text... 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 – 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 →

Anzac Day, Tapanui NZ

Anzac Day poppies brighten a property in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Taken 25 April 2020 by Liz. Marks the anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War.

Anzac Day 2020

Anzac Day is the solemn day of remembrance of those Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who have fought and died for their country. It is marked annually on 25 April, the anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War. The above paragraph is taken from this page about Anzac Day and... Continue Reading →

Flocks of Mowers

During a walk at the end of March we were excited to find two species of mowers resident at our local golf course. The white species are commonly seen throughout New Zealand either individually or in flocks. The dark species are usually solitary and require shelter. Viewing flocks of both species in close proximity is... Continue Reading →

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