Ettrick Autumn

We drove through Ettrick on 17 April, returning from Roxburgh. You may remember I shared rock photos recently from Rocky Roxburgh. Same day. Ettrick is a tiny settlement on our route, the last Central Otago town before we take the Moa Flat route home to Tapanui. The area is mostly orchards and farms. These are... Continue Reading →

Wild In Lawrence

Saturday evening I saw our PM was to do a Covid announcement at 9pm. That had to be bad so I watched. Auckland immediately into alert Level 3, the rest of NZ into Level 2 ('immediately' is my word but the new alerts took effect from 6am Sunday). Level 2 limits gatherings to 100 people... Continue Reading →

Summer Fruit

Cherries, apricots and tomatoes bought today from the Big Cherry orchard in Roxburgh. The cherries are way more delicious than I expected for this early in the season, a variety called 'samba'. Central Otago, New Zealand. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Bananas

There's various species of bananas and I found a lovely one on 25 June in the Winter Garden Glasshouse at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. It was in the Tropical House which is also where I saw the Spanish Moss and the Aristolochia gigantea. I visited again the next day with Nigel. The attraction with... Continue Reading →

The Apple Tree

The same roadside apple tree as in my last post, found on 08 June and a hillside view from the same spot. In rural country near Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. First photo by me and the others by Nigel. Early winter now for us in NZ. Text by Liz, photos by Nigel and Liz;... Continue Reading →

Ripe Apples for Birds

Here's an apple tree we came across yesterday when we went for a local country drive. The tree was by the roadside but Nigel had stopped to take a photo of something else. There was a fair bit of bird activity, which lured me out of the car. Just had my cellphone so detail's not... Continue Reading →

Liebster Award

Lovely surprise last night when I visited  Confessions of a Doctor to be  and found Helen Qin had nominated me for a Liebster Award. I couldn't help feeling flattered to be first on the list .. thanks Helen! Helen is a final year medical student at the University of Melbourne in Australia and regularly writes... Continue Reading →

Lychee Dessert Cake

Lychee dessert cake (lychee juice is added into the cake after it's cooked) with peanut butter ice-cream. Delicious! Casafuego Eatery & Bar, Balclutha, New Zealand. By Nigel, 24 Aug 2019.

Questions, few answers

Street trees ablaze with immense profusion of red crabapples, their fiery effect stunning in the bare winter landscape of Alexandra, Central Otago. Taken late in the day with the sun about to disappear, 08 Aug 2019. New Zealand. Earlier today, Jane Dougherty pondered weighty questions in her poem Questions, few answers. I invite you to... Continue Reading →

Yellow Holly Berries

Driving through the small rural town of Wyndham on Sunday I noticed this single holly tree with yellow berries. A welcome splash of colour in winter! We stopped to take some photos. Wyndham, Southland, New Zealand. Taken 18 August 2019 by Liz (L) and Nigel (N) (L) - cropped detail (N) (L) (N) I adjusted... Continue Reading →

Giant fruit sculpture in Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand, home of many fruit orchards. On a dark winter evening they're an impressive sight! Taken by Nigel 07 Aug 2019.

Kiwi Supernova

Most people know of "kiwifruit" as we call them in New Zealand. You might call them "kiwis". During my young childhood they were called "Chinese gooseberries". I've just found that the name change occurred on 15 June 1959 (it evidently took a while to catch on with the general population as I was born a... Continue Reading →

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