Fighting For The Fossils

Whoomph.. the volcano blew its top and left a crater. The big hole, shaped like an ice-cream cone, then filled with water. There was nothing to disturb the sediment at the bottom of the lake (described as "anoxic" i.e. no oxygen). Around the lake an evergreen rainforest, a "vine forest", supported all sorts of plant... Continue Reading →

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They Don’t Bat an Eyelid

It seems that huge commercial interests don't bat an eyelid at mining 23 MILLION years of preserved history and processing it into poultry and pig feed. I've recently shared with you the amazing discovery of ancient moa footprints and NOW, only a short distance away, at Foulden Maar... Credit: By Kimberley Collins - Own work,... Continue Reading →

Homeless

What if slugs are just snails going through a divorce.. "yep she got the house". On a signboard outside Governor's Cafe in Dunedin, New Zealand on March 05, 2019. I've been waiting for a slug to go with the signboard - this morning I found a very fine slug posted by a WP blogger from... Continue Reading →

Art at the Dentist

My sweet tooth adores fudge and Wednesday afternoon, for the first time in ages, I bought some maple and walnut fudge. We went home and had a cup of tea, along with a toffee pop biscuit. Crunch.. what is the hard bit? Oh no, part of a tooth on my upper-right had completely broken off... Continue Reading →

Tansy and Apple Mint

We love to visit the herb garden at the botanic garden in Dunedin. It's big with stone paths to wander along and lots of plants to admire; wonderful place to just relax, enjoy, and learn about the different herbs. Photos by Liz, 05 March 2019. New Zealand Herb Garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden Bright yellow... Continue Reading →

Pub at the Port

In yesterday's post I said we'd been out for dinner in Port Chalmers during our recent overnighter in Dunedin. We didn't take any photos but I took some during a visit to the same establishment in January - I'll share those with you instead. Its a really nice pub, welcoming and friendly, comfortable, and with... Continue Reading →

Support for Seafarers

I have an interest in ports, ships, containers, swing-lift trucks, port machinery, stacks of containers, stacks of logs.. I love the port environment! We've just got home from an overnighter to Dunedin and last night we went to Port Chalmers to have dinner at the Portsider restaurant and pub. Port Chalmers is about a 15-minute... Continue Reading →

Ten In Heart and Ten In Tide

for time to tend.  Wow! Damien has written a SECOND poem inspired by Nigel's fab photos of the St Clair's Piles, St Clair Beach, Dunedin. This post's title and first line are favourite lines of mine from his poem referring to the ten piles seen in the photo below, relics from an old groyne nearly... Continue Reading →

A Different View

THE BREAKING OF THE BLUE. Poem by Damien B. Donnelly. Last week I invited Damien to write a poem using Nigel's photo of the St Clair's Piles as inspiration. I knew Damien was flying out from Paris the next day on a much anticipated holiday and that he just might "write in-flight". He very kindly... Continue Reading →

Macandrew Bay

There's a few shops at Macandrew Bay and we also found an old cemetery with the Macandrew name appearing on some plots. Having shown you the local community library and the tiny library I thought I'd share some other things we saw. This is the last Macandrew Bay post. Macandrew Bay is on the Otago... Continue Reading →

Community Library

Macandrew Bay is on the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin, New Zealand and we drove there on 18 January to check out a long-standing community library that's independent of the Dunedin City Library system. I'd seen some information about it on the Dunedin Library noticeboard and having read that it'd been established in 1878 I was... Continue Reading →

Little Libraries

This tiny library is at Macandrew Bay on the Otago Peninsula, near Dunedin, New Zealand. The locality is special, a small community right by the Otago Harbour. Handy to the city but separate, and not too far out on the Peninsula. We went there Jan 18 in search of their library (which we found) but... Continue Reading →

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