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 →

Mother Amicus

In the "old rose" garden at Invercargill, the Jessie Calder Garden, there's a statue of Mother Amicus that looks pretty in November when the nearby rose is in bloom. I took this first photo 13 Nov 2018. Queens Park, Invercargill, New Zealand Mother Amicus "a sure friend in uncertain times" Click on either of these... Continue Reading →

Aronui Dam at Alexandra

Yesterday on our way home to Gore from Queenstown via Central Otago we bypassed Alexandra. Before leaving the area, I asked Nigel to turn part-way toward Alexandra as I wanted to find something I'd read about called Jolendale Park, on a side road. We found the park and had a look around - its a... Continue Reading →

Oystercatcher Family

While we were driving from Mandeville to Waikaia on Saturday 20 Oct, we turned left at an intersection and noticed some large piles of gravel by the roadside. Suddenly I realised there were oystercatchers on the tops of the gravel piles. I asked Nigel to back up slowly and wound my window down. Amazingly the... Continue Reading →

Maple Glen: Part One

Maple Glen is a beautiful 45-acre private garden in the rural countryside of Southland, about a 30-minute drive from where we live in Gore. Its a huge, multi-featured garden that's open all year and personally developed and maintained by the owners. Muriel Davison created the garden from a bare paddock and at their website she's... Continue Reading →

Banishing The Dark Cloud

If this was a personal conversation I'd take a deep breath and warn you that I'm about to relate something that's initially distressing. Its the story of my journey from a dark place to a place of light and colour, of new understandings, of hope and transformation. By sharing some of my story I hope... Continue Reading →

Community Open Day

Yesterday I introduced you to a very bright and colourful community garden in South Invercargill that looks great any time of year. We saw a view that included the new community centre and shop where an 'Open Day' was taking place. I'd like to take you a bit closer to the action - its all... Continue Reading →

Bright is Beautiful

Yesterday morning I came across a colourful blog-post by Sayanti Dasgupta that features the photo below, and I was blown away by it. Sayanti was very helpful answering my questions and I found out that this Gond mural is next to the entrance of the first floor of her house. I also learned from Sayanti... Continue Reading →

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