Paradise Family

It was heartwarming for us to see these Paradise Shelduck parents out with their young one at a stream near the Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand in early December 2020. I'm used to seeing many young with parents but this pair only had one. Most people simply refer to them as Paradise Ducks. Note: The... Continue Reading →

Christmas In The Park

Not long after midday we popped into Gore Gardens to look at flowers and found it's the day for the Santa Parade which finished at the gardens so it was unexpectedly busy! We found some lovely flowers and I also enjoyed the happy hubbub of many families coming together to enjoy Christmas fun with the... Continue Reading →

Not Forgotten

I haven't been able to keep up with all the photos we've taken this year so I've got an 'archive'. I took this photo of young pine trees at Queens Park in Invercargill on 24 February and it seems the best fit for my post today, beautiful fresh young trees with lots of life in... Continue Reading →

Stay In Your Bubble

In NZ it's clear we're to stay in our bubble. The instruction is:  don't nip out - "stay in your bubble". Communication is key and I want to share this information with you. Bubbles This spectacular bubble photo was taken by Mike Powell, used here with Mike's permission. It's from his blog-post  Through the eyes... Continue Reading →

Wedded Bliss

The . Life Of . The . Wife Of . A . Landscape . Architect Left home to walk up the street and glanced at our "lawn" the Landscape Architect "mowed" couple of days ago -- Land Art. Serpentine .. of course We'll be the talk of the town 🙂 Text and photos by Liz;... Continue Reading →

Christmas Day

We found this lovely nativity scene Christmas Day 2019 when we made a visit to St Patrick's Basilica in South Dunedin, New Zealand (Catholic). Beautiful church both inside and out. Redeveloped in the 2000s, officially re-opened 19 June 2016. Click on ANY photo below to enlarge. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Best Little Cottage

This beautifully constructed stone cottage is in a place named Fruitlands in Central Otago, really lovely area. After navigating past the middle-of-the-road peacock we then drove on up the country lane until we reached this site, further up the hill. It's a really captivating place. Fruitlands, Central Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken by Liz 10... Continue Reading →

Ruffled Feathers

As we walked down to the large ponds I spotted a couple supervising their quintuplets.. a black swan family out for a jaunt. The parent I assumed to be dad was at the rear and standing tall, on guard and alert, feathers ruffled. Mum was busy having a feed. I saw the cygnets hurrying along... Continue Reading →

Shades of Blue

Blue is commonly associated with sadness yet I've noticed that many bloggers will respond to a photo of beautiful blue flowers by enthusiastically proclaiming that blue is their favourite colour! Here is a stunning watercolour painting of blue irises recently posted on her blog by Jodi McKinney and used here with Jodi's permission. Aren't they... Continue Reading →

AMP Amicus in Oamaru

Early this year I did a blog-post about  Mother Amicus  in the old rose garden in Queens Park, Invercargill. We were standing on a street corner in Oamaru and I suddenly realised a statue perched on top of the opposite building was the same figure as what I'd seen in Invercargill. These photos show the... Continue Reading →

All About Love

In yesterday's post I shared my impressions of Musselburgh and mentioned more shops to come. This block, same side as the dentist, is a mixed bunch. Imperial Barber Shop offering "traditional cuts", Simply Flowers florist shop, and the fish shop on the corner. The flower shop took centre-stage so let's take a look inside. Musselburgh,... Continue Reading →

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