Upon My Word!

What do Paris and Invercargill (NZ) have in common? Very little so imagine my surprise when Damien published  a photo-post from Paris  and there was something I could relate to - a patisserie with an eerily familiar name. Familiar that is, to the name of a pie shop in Invercargill! Now dear reader, excuse my... Continue Reading →

Country Pumpkin

Coming home from Oamaru, its a long drive. We'd come through via Palmerston and Central Otago, stopped for a mob of sheep and then for refreshments at Omakau. We were almost out of Central Otago when I thought it would be nice to get some fruit. Peirce Orchard loomed before me and instead of the... Continue Reading →

Taken to a New Level

The owner-chef of Riverstone Kitchen, Bevan Smith, is said to call the gardens "the engine room" of his award-winning restaurant in an Otago Daily Times article from 19 March 2017. The article makes an interesting read as it's mainly an interview with two gardeners who grow the produce and supply the kitchen. The gardens have... 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 →

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 →

Oat Toasting Ovens

I really like the old porridge factory in Gore and on 22 October I wanted a photo featuring the Oat Toasting Ovens side. Nigel and I were both there so we took photos and I also took a photo of the flowers in an island bed of the nearby road intersection with Gore's main street... Continue Reading →

Thistle Brand

This is the Thistle brand logo shown on the end wall of the Fleming’s Creamoata Mill complex in Gore, Southland, New Zealand viewed from Gorton Street. Thistle rolled oats and oatmeal were among the product lines produced in the mill. First photo by Nigel and second photo by Liz, both taken 15 September, 2018 Related... Continue Reading →

Sergeant Dan : Porridge Mill. Fleming’s Creamoata Mill complex, Gore, Southland, New Zealand. This mill produced the porridge I ate as a child. Now the premises of a stock food company. Liz, taken 01 Oct 2018

I Am The Man

When I was growing up we had porridge for breakfast every morning, summer and winter. The brand that mum bought was Creamoata. Its interesting that here in Gore, where we now live, is where the oats were processed and packaged. The iconic mill is right in the heart of Gore although a stock food company... Continue Reading →

Colour My Community: Part One

A passionate group of people in South Invercargill have been working hard over the last few years planning, designing, fundraising and project managing a community hub to bring life and vitality to a tired, dreary part of town that I've never previously wanted to stop at or visit. That's changed! On the morning of Saturday... Continue Reading →

Bossy Bovines in Oklahoma USA

Dairy Living. For most of us dairy living is a trip to the supermarket to take a few bottles of milk off the shelf. We struggle home with the weight and thankfully deposit it in the fridge. Done! What do we know of the cows that eat the grass and produce the milk? Of the... Continue Reading →

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