Shower of Gold

Beautiful golden native kōwhai flowers outside the RSA today. Appears to be a deciduous form, that's what caught my eye first about a week ago - all these flowers and no leaves! We've had a few wintry days but it's still looking gorgeous. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Blossom... Continue Reading →

Learning Takes Time

"..people are more than one thing. Everybody is a mixed bag. With that starting point, I can imagine a very different community from the harsh, conflict-laden one we’re presently creating for ourselves." ~Bishop Jake Owensby, 17-Sep-21/blog. Bp Jake is fourth Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana and published author of 5 books. A... Continue Reading →

Hope springs eternal

A couple of days ago we walked over to the flower field to check on the daffodils and a young woman was already there, picking flowers by the fence. Turns out she's the new owner. We're immensely happy that these flowers are going to be used commercially again. She was lovely and gave us a... Continue Reading →

Rescued

Two 1885 V class steam locomotives rescued; they've sat in a riverbed near Lumsden for more than 90 years. The first was hoisted out at the end of January 2020. The second (which the team initially thought they'd leave) was retrieved later, in February 2020. "In the wake of the First World War, the value... Continue Reading →

Had the Jab

Feeling very happy that yesterday we had the first Pfizer vaccine jab. As soon as I noticed on social media last week that 55+ yrs can now get the jab I booked us both in at our local clinic. The whole process was really easy and efficient - online booking was simple and going to... Continue Reading →

Eroaded

Erosion of the Foreshore Road at Colac Bay, attributed to climate change, means the road is closed once you get past the houses. The Southland District Council stopped maintaining that stretch of road. Some residents are angry about the Council response to the erosion problem. We visited Colac Bay on 09 January and I was... Continue Reading →

Local Church

Love this church which sits in the residential area further along our street. The two other churches in town are near the shops. I feel more connection with this one, abiding with us in our neighbourhood. Its simple, white, classic style feels welcoming and familiar. Photos taken in autumn, 06 May. Tapanui, West Otago, New... Continue Reading →

Major Sales Push

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 →

Old School at Hillend

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 →

Shocking Pink

Why is a very bright shade of pink "shocking"? Is it because little girls are supposedly made of "sugar and spice and all things nice" and bright, vivid pink is too LOUD and NOT nice? What other colour is called "shocking" .. I don't recall the term being consistently applied to any other colour! Flower... Continue Reading →

Characters in Tapanui

From a neighbourhood stroll this evening. Tapanui, West Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand. Frog letterbox, Tapanui School. Māori gateway, Tapanui School. "Together We Learn And Grow" Cutest-ever decorative cat, private property entrance.

Truth and Freedom

This reflection by Bishop Jake Owensby (Western Louisiana) was published at his blog 15 January, titled: The Truth that Sets Us Free and I'm reposting in full for my Sunday post, with Jake's permission. It helps me glimpse a positive way forward despite the deeply disturbing events in DC and tensions in the US. Jake's... Continue Reading →

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