Forum Cafe

Forum Cafe is in the town of Milton, a busy working town with the main highway running through the centre of town and lots of big trucks travelling through. Happily Milton has a lovely cafe with friendly staff and walls covered in bright murals. We've taken to breaking our journey there when going to Dunedin... Continue Reading →

Warmth on a Cool Day

We had to go to Invercargill today and although we're now in the height of summer the sky had lots of dark cloud and at one stage absolutely bucketed down with rain. We also drove out to Bluff and discovered 3 or 4 murals we hadn't seen before. On our return to Invercargill we had... Continue Reading →

Lord and Lady

This Paradise Duck pair were lording it over the Dunedin Botanic Garden main pond when I visited on a dull day on 19 May. These ducks are endemic to New Zealand and are the size of a large duck or small goose. There's no shortage of them, they're the second most common duck in NZ... Continue Reading →

Creativi-Tee

When I was in Dunedin Public Art Gallery on 13 June I saw colourful patterns on the wall in the children's activity room. As usual I was drawn to the colour like a moth to flame and found a large wall area with colourful solid pins inserted into holes. I pulled out one of the... Continue Reading →

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 →

Very Fine Finery

Gorgeous female fashion with finely detailed paper skirt on display in the Dunedin Public Library when I visited in our winter season on 26 June 2020. New Zealand. Click on ANY photo to enlarge. Next photo best viewed at max enlargement (2x clicks) About the costume with the blue bodice and quilled skirt ... Text... Continue Reading →

Beware the Blue Dragon

I dared to sit on this blue dragon seat and lived to tell the tale! My BLUE dragon was specially chosen for Ann Mackay (Suffolk UK, although Ann's originally from Scotland). She is the second Liebster Award nominee who's answered my questions! Ann likes blue and purple. She also mentioned a family boat trip along... Continue Reading →

The Skylark Rose

Lark Ascending. This post celebrates ongoing achievements by writer Kay McKenzie Cooke who lives in Dunedin, New Zealand. This year Kay will see her 4th book of poetry published. Not only that, she's been working on a novel for the past decade and has now reached the stage where she's scouting around for a 'home'.... Continue Reading →

Consider The Lily

Returning home from down south yesterday we stopped in at Gore for a while and were drawn in to Gore Gardens to see how they're doing (lovely). I didn't even have my cellphone in hand but Nigel had his cell and got a few photos. This is a fine lily that I went over to... Continue Reading →

Through Open Doors

Been out with Nigel celebrating my birthday and it's been a great day! I chose to go to Alexandra in Central Otago knowing that the museum-and-art-gallery has an exhibition of art from many different artists - works submitted for the Arts Gold Awards 2019. This first photo however was taken by Nigel a bit later... Continue Reading →

What a Hullabaloo!

Yesterday I whiled away many happy hours in the Cromwell Heritage Precinct while Nigel was away in Queenstown. This area is an absolute gem with lovely cafes, art gallery, gift shop and much more. It's well away from the highway and offers a beautiful respite from the busyness of Central Otago. New Zealand. "When the... Continue Reading →

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