Information and Inspiration

~are benefits of an excellent Botanic Garden! Whenever we're in Dunedin we stay near the Botanic Garden and spend as much time there as we can. These are four photos I shared on Twitter recently for a Botanic Gardens appreciation theme, showing they're much valued by Nigel for information and inspiration in his work as... Continue Reading →

Hedgehope Church

The night I took the moon photos, we were returning home from Hedgehope where we'd gone to enjoy the beautiful rural views in the lead-up to dusk. The only photos I took though, were of Hedgehope Church which is looking wonderful. I've learnt since that it's had a lot of work done on it in... Continue Reading →

Go With The Flow

Not far from Tapanui as we drive north on the highway, there's a long line of our native cabbage trees. On this particular day there was also a very strong relentless wind, it held so steady that the trees were given no respite. This meant that their leaves steadily flowed in the wind without bouncing... Continue Reading →

Centre Stage

Yesterday on our local walk Nigel had stopped to photograph this group of mostly-natives and I thought I'd take some photos too, while I waited. His primary purpose was to get photos of the robust climber and I was interested in the overall scene. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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