Purple Roses and Prussian Blue

It was a rare treat Saturday afternoon to attend a poetry reading by five southern New Zealand poets at the wonderful Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore. The opportunity to hear poetry where we live is unusual. My title was inspired by colour content from two different poems, colours always make a big impression on me!... Continue Reading →

Gentle View

When the bishop showed horror at the friars' hard life, Francis said, "If we had any possessions we should need weapons and laws to defend them." -- from a  summary about the life of St Francis To me the gentle attitude shown by St Francis seemed a perfect fit with the gentle beauty of these... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Bedding

Floral bedding in Gore Public Gardens. I glimpsed the colour from the car on Thursday but couldn't stop. This morning after brunch we went and took a look, and we were glad we did. Aren't these pansies lovely? Gore Public Gardens, Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken by Liz This bed was on my left as... Continue Reading →

At Home in the Country

At home in the country; at the end of a rural road y'day we found a guitar-on-wheels in a field. The New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards are held annually in Gore. Perhaps this gets trundled out.

River Medusa

River Medusa is a response to the Gore area -- Maruawai, Valley of Water. It pays tribute to the sustaining presence of the Mataura River and the many small streams that feed it. The work was conceived at a time when New Zealand was in the grips of an electricity crisis owing to the low... Continue Reading →

Hellebores in Gore

Yesterday, 31 Aug, we did a spur-of-the-moment trip to Gore. While there we visited the Gore Public Gardens and then visited Bannerman Park. I found these gorgeous hellebores in the public gardens (although the two photos are taken by Nigel). Gore, Southland, New Zealand First:  creamy/light-buttery flowers and dusky pink in the centre. cropped to... Continue Reading →

Lovely Lily

This lovely lily was blooming in Gore Gardens when I visited 25 Jan 2019. I've been wanting to post it and what better time than now when the total number of followers has just rolled over to 900. Thank you for following! The above image is cropped from the photo below. -- Photo taken by... Continue Reading →

Bright Tractor

This bright blue and orange tractor brightened my day on 09 Feb 2019 when I was at the 60th Anniversary Rally of the Southland Steam Engine Club at Brydone near Gore, Southland, New Zealand. This tractor's a beauty! At some point it towed this great lumbering hulk from the edge of the field toward the... Continue Reading →

Magnolia in Summer

Wandering through Gore Gardens on 25 January 2019, I noticed a magnolia flower. Looking more closely I observed three different flower phases in the part of the tree near to me. I was intrigued.. Scientific name:   Magnolia grandiflora 'Majestic Beauty' Common name:  'Majestic Beauty' Southern Magnolia Native to North America Cellphone photos, enlarged through cropping... Continue Reading →

Weathered or Worn

Leya's challenge is for  weathered or worn. I still have some photos from when we attended the 60th Anniversary Rally of the Southland Steam Engine Club at Brydone near Gore on 09 Feb 2019. Southland, New Zealand. Photos by Liz Southland Steam Engine Club - Yard The club's based at the site of an old... Continue Reading →

Beauty in Pink and White

Final post of pink and white achillea flowers growing in the roadside verge beside Waimea Highway, the route that heads west out of Gore. Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel and Liz using Nigel's cellphone, 20 March 2019 Pink and White Achillea (Yarrow) Nigel took the first two photos, the second version with bokeh effect... Continue Reading →

Which Way from Gore?

This roadside verge is where Nigel and I were taking the achillea, utility-thing and "spider" (actually harvestman) photos I've posted recently. Thanks to Mike Powell who through the comments got me learning about harvestmen. This verge is by Highway 94 aka Waimea Highway that heads west out of Gore. If you like to see a... Continue Reading →

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