Shape of a Smile

I was intrigued by this friendly old house at Colac Bay, Western Southland, New Zealand. Initially I noticed the quizzical eyebrows but didn't notice the Mona Lisa 'smile' until I did the editing 🙂 What you may think is an odd-looking tree is a native cabbage tree or Cordyline australis. If you're from the UK... Continue Reading →

Variegated Cabbage Trees

Yesterday in Queens Park, Invercargill we walked to 'The Stumpery' along a path from the main gardens and found these beautiful variegated cabbage trees lighting up the late winter landscape. Cabbage trees are native to NZ with the usual form having green leaves. These are probably Cordyline australis 'Albertii', a stunning variegated form with a... Continue Reading →

These Remain

The last photos from our trip to Riverstone on 22 January. When I look at the "remains" its always a toss-up whether they get used or deleted. Did they get left to last because they're not very interesting or are they worth posting? In this case I've decided to post and I hope some of... Continue Reading →

All Ours

Disregard anything I've said before about what property we're getting. We bought a cottage in December but thought it prudent not to say too much. On January 15 we were at the new place and as Nigel got the mower out I had the idea of running around taking photos before he mowed. They're a... Continue Reading →

Cabbage Tree in Gore

Although we see plenty of cabbage trees down south, we both really enjoy them. This is a very distinctive native New Zealand tree that looks like it came straight out of a Dr Seuss book. We see this particular cabbage tree often as its on one of our walking routes into town, on the edge... Continue Reading →

Bluff Flora Foray

Wandering around in Bluff, it wasn't just the scenery and the buildings that caught our attention. We also found some interesting trees and flowers - native and exotic, garden-worthy and not so garden-worthy. I'll share with you our finds! Bluff, Southland, New Zealand Bluff Flora Foray We came across a tree and shrub planting between... Continue Reading →

Art Deco Beauties in Bluff (2)

There's no way you can miss this bright pink art deco building on the main street of Bluff, Southland, New Zealand. This is down south, right down the bottom of the South Island. The weather can be pretty bleak in Southland, a lot of grey sky in winter. Colour is welcome! I'm not so keen... Continue Reading →

Art Deco Beauties in Bluff (1)

Art Deco beauties in Bluff? You bet! This little fishing community down south, port town for Southland, has some fabulous art deco commercial buildings in the main street and they're beauties! The colour scheme is 'interesting' but that's as it should be in this port town. Never a dull moment! We visited Bluff on Tues... Continue Reading →

Fortrose: Part Five

We'd walked along the beach and found a gravel road running parallel. We decided to do the rest of our walk by road and found there were plenty of interesting things to see along the road. Liz and Nigel, Sunday 05 August 2018

Golden Showers

Laburnum Tunnel at Larnach Castle Garden, Otago Peninsula (near Dunedin), New Zealand  |  Sat 25 November 2017 Click on the photo to enlarge. The Larnach Castle Laburnum Tunnel, photographed during our visit on Saturday. We were anxious not to miss seeing it in bloom! Above, you can see a couple walking down the slope through... Continue Reading →

Curly Character (New Zealand)

This unusual native plant is Dracophyllum traversii, a small subalpine tree with a rather odd appearance. These photos taken Sunday 27 Aug 2017 at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Has a range of common names e.g. mountain neinei, pineapple tree, grass tree Photo (above): Here you can see the top of the Dracophyllum (down the... Continue Reading →

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