Stanleys Hotel

Cosy coffee stop on our homeward journey yesterday from Palmerston, East Otago. Stanleys Hotel, Macraes. New Zealand. "Since 1882". The warmth of the fire much appreciated on what was a grey, cold, rainy day. This is a remote old gold mining area, now a major modern gold mining area. Thanks to Nigel for taking these... Continue Reading →

Upturned Turns Up

Upturned turns up, bright and colourful as ever. My much loved, signed copy, with me at illys Cafe in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. This Sunday I'll share the story of the beautiful cover! Poems by Dunedin writer and poet, Kay McKenzie Cooke. Published by The Cuba Press. New Zealand. About the book. And... Kay... Continue Reading →

Time For Tea

In Dunedin this morning we exited the public library to find rain had set in so we quickly made our way to Nova Cafe in the Octagon. This is a great place to get a decent pot of tea. New Zealand. Tea for me is serious business ... Nigel was chief-of-the-teapot but he had camera... Continue Reading →

Eat the Storms

Irish-NZ postal disruptionsa storm in a teacup.Nigel arrived this eveningproudly bearing'Eat the Storms'.At long last (!) I getto begin the banquet. Eat the Storms --by-- Damien B. Donnelly Damien's blog: Deuxiemepeau Poetry book shop: Eat the Storms the story behind this vibrant and colourful poetry collection Text and photo by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Joy is water

Excited to share this beautiful poem Joy is water, a poem by WP blogger sarahsouthwest (uk). Sarah found my request a few days ago after it'd been missed a while ago - thanks for getting in touch Sarah! Her poems can be found online at: fmmewritespoems Joy is water    words by sarahsouthwest, originally posted... Continue Reading →

Round Oamaru

Some photos taken by me 'round Oamaru on Friday 24 July 2020. Oamaru, Waitaki District, New Zealand. 1. Native plant bursting through 'porthole' in steel fence (fence visible in photo 4). 2. My wonderful hot chocolate at Steam cafe. 3. Railway that crosses the main street, then curves round to the seafront. 4. Miniature streets... Continue Reading →

My Cup Runneth Over

Couldn't help thinking of this phrase from Psalm 23:5 in the Bible, a famous psalm that begins: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." On Wednesday, early in our journey to Oamaru, we hoped to find refreshments in Milton and stopped at this cafe - only to find it had closed at 2.30pm... Continue Reading →

Album Page – Dunedin NZ

On Friday in Dunedin we took some time to just relax and enjoy chilling-out for a while, although we chose nice cosy places to visit! Laneway is a great cafe/bar in the centre of Dunedin, down a quiet side lane called Bath Street. It's possibly my favourite place of all to visit. We went inside... Continue Reading →

Waikaia on Saturday

We were in Waikaia on Saturday 13 June, a beautiful sunny winter's day although it was chilly outside of the car. I've already posted twice about Argyle Burn - the first photo was one I took near the burn, out front of a private property, a clear reference to the gold history of the area.... Continue Reading →

Water of Life

Back in 2017 we searched for a particular mural in Dunedin which I'd seen a photo of in the local paper but we didn't find it. We'd avoided the end of an unwelcoming alley - I think there'd been an unfriendly person/dog pair there. Of course, that's exactly where the mural turned out to be... Continue Reading →

That Was Then

Back 'then', Sunday just gone, we went for a drive into Central Otago on a day that just got better and better. We drove over the high country route via Moa Flat and came down into the orchards of Ettrick, then stopped at Turquoise Cafe. I've done a real nice post previously on Turquoise Cafe.... Continue Reading →

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