Barn and Silos, West Otago (NZ)

Old weathered barn with three silos seen as we drove back to Tapanui from Waikaka this afternoon. West Otago, New Zealand.

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Asleep At The Wheel

Just up the road from us is the West Otago Vintage Museum. Looking through the glass, I had a chuckle at this comatose character perched on the tractor seat. Tapanui, New Zealand

Blue Mountains, Tapanui

It's three weeks since we moved to our recently purchased cottage in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Today was a beautiful autumn day and I went for a walk up our street, following it until I reached the outer edge of town. I took these photos of the Blue Mountains which dominate the landscape to... Continue Reading →

Once in a Blue Moo

Dairy cow like no other - this floating friendly friesian and amusing poem are from North Island blogger Maureen Sudlow who blogs at  kiwissoar  :  flights of fancy from New Zealand.  With Maureen's permission I'm re-posting her photo and poem, copied from her post of March 28, 2017 BALLOON QUADRILLE -- by Maureen Sudlow Original... Continue Reading →

A Yarn About Wool

Sheep and wool. Sheep are everywhere in New Zealand. There's no shortage of wool either. Taken by Liz through a shop window in Oamaru. "The Woolstore". One of the Victorian commercial buildings in the Historic Precinct in Oamaru. These are built of Oamaru Stone (limestone) and are often referred to as whitestone buildings. Most were... Continue Reading →

Barbs, Thorns, Spears

These barbs, thorns and spears were all photographed by myself and Nigel when we stopped at Moa Flat on our way home from Central Otago on 12 January 2019. Poking around outside is generally pretty safe in New Zealand but you still need to take care and stay alert. Our native nettle is a total... Continue Reading →

Which Way: Potatoes

We were driving home to Gore via a country road on 12 January when some strange characters at the roadside had me urging Nigel to turn around so I could take a closer look. This farmer sells potatoes during Christmas / New Year and has a unique way of getting motorists' attention. For:  Which Way... Continue Reading →

Ahead On Points

This impressive stag with massive antlers is in the deer park at Bannerman Park, Gore, Southland, New Zealand. We walked into town yesterday despite terrible weather and were rewarded when we found the stag near the fence. Nigel had his cellphone and took photos from which I've made a selection and cropped as needed. Text... Continue Reading →

Playing The Field

Balloons and tinsel in a working farm paddock? This is the sight we saw while heading out from Gore yesterday and I couldn't believe my eyes! This farm field looks like Party Central but I'm sure the intent is to scare off the birds.. an innovative strategy! A new sight to us - we haven't... Continue Reading →

Blowing in the Wind. Country drive near Waikaia 20 Oct 2018. Spreading lime. I like the way Nigel caught the road ahead and the road behind, and the nice clouds. Southland, New Zealand

Heads Up, Waikaia

Another interesting aside that dates back to our Waikaia trip on 20 October 2018. After we'd arrived and parked outside the pub we went for a bit of a walk. We found ourselves on this street with houses down one side and a wide tree-lined grassy verge on the other. It looked inviting so we... Continue Reading →

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