Kaitangata

Small rural town (population ~800) 12km from Balclutha. The mighty Clutha River flows through Balclutha, then winds its way past Kaitangata ('Kai'). We took a drive out there yesterday, 18 October 2020. Clutha District, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge Hut and jetty by the Clutha River, at Kai. Where we'd stopped, I... Continue Reading →

‘Upturned’ meets Clutha, at Beaumont

Upturned, by Kay McKenzie Cooke 'Upturned' is the fourth book of poems by Kay McKenzie Cooke and before buying it I was already familiar with Kay's writing as I'd borrowed several of her previous books from public libraries and enjoyed the poems. Many poems refer to places in the south of New Zealand that I'm... Continue Reading →

Joy is water

Excited to share this beautiful poem Joy is water, a poem by WP blogger sarahsouthwest (uk). Sarah found my request a few days ago after it'd been missed a while ago - thanks for getting in touch Sarah! Her poems can be found online at: fmmewritespoems Joy is water    words by sarahsouthwest, originally posted... Continue Reading →

Powerhouse River

Roxburgh hydro dam, on the Clutha / Mata-Au River often referred to as the 'Mighty Clutha River'. I always feel huge respect for this amazing river. There's two big hydro dams on the Clutha - the Roxburgh Dam (completed 1957) and Clyde Dam (completed 1993). Here's some overview photos I took from the top of... Continue Reading →

My Cup Runneth Over

Couldn't help thinking of this phrase from Psalm 23:5 in the Bible, a famous psalm that begins: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." On Wednesday, early in our journey to Oamaru, we hoped to find refreshments in Milton and stopped at this cafe - only to find it had closed at 2.30pm... Continue Reading →

Pomahaka River, West Otago

This afternoon we took off for a drive to explore some back roads and eventually ended up at Waikaia for pizza at the pub. We went all over the place before getting there though. From home we went to Moa Flat, Wilden Settlement Road, Deepdell Road, Switzers Road, Winding Creek Road to Waikaia. And then... Continue Reading →

Paradise Shelduck

This beautiful endemic shelduck has a large body like a goose and we see them often whether in city parks or farm fields. Wild ones aren't tolerant of disturbance and readily take off with both birds in full cry - they are very noisy with distinct male/female voices and both are very vocal. The duck... Continue Reading →

Winding Creek Road

When we drove from Tapanui to Waikaia on Saturday it was cold outside. We found these lovely icicles by the roadside, spotted them from the car. Like a special little grotto! Nigel took these photos, 13 June 2020. These photos were all taken at this place. If you'd like to see the road a map ... Continue Reading →

Argyle Burn, Waikaia

Today was a lovely clear and sunny winter day although cold outside of the car. I suggested to Nigel that we return to the road of the apple tree and continue right through to Waikaia - a lovely rural Southland settlement that I've posted about before. As we came into town over a bridge I... Continue Reading →

Water of Life

Back in 2017 we searched for a particular mural in Dunedin which I'd seen a photo of in the local paper but we didn't find it. We'd avoided the end of an unwelcoming alley - I think there'd been an unfriendly person/dog pair there. Of course, that's exactly where the mural turned out to be... Continue Reading →

Oh, the Waters Flow

Oh, the waters flow Over rock and stone Pomahaka River. Leithen Picnic Area, West Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken by Liz, 19 Jan 2020. Click on photo to enlarge. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Bright Red Gate

We both loved this wonderful gate (see below), found while taking a look at St Patrick's Basilica in South Dunedin, New Zealand. The church itself is a fantastic building but our photos of that will have to wait for another post. Photo taken by Nigel, 25 Dec 2019. Also, I recommend watching this interview with... Continue Reading →

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