Beauty from The Emerald Isle

Stunning photos from Ireland, taken by Damien who's recently returned from a visit to his homeland. "The fog over Connemara and the fjords lingers all year around I think which adds to the sensation of 40 weathers in one day (a little rain, a little sun, a little sleet and a little shade) which also... Continue Reading →

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Pea Sea, Port Chalmers

Had to share this with y'all courtesy of 'rob allan'  @allanrob9  on Twitter. Port Chalmers is this wonderful port town near Dunedin. The huge container hoists down at the harbour dominate the town. Main street has an eclectic mix of old buildings.. real interesting place. This older post of mine shows the  huge hoists loading... Continue Reading →

Tapestry Wings, Moth by Pete Hillman. Antique colours, tapestry wings.

Kakapo Chicks

Kakapo are a very special and endearing native New Zealand parrot of which there are few left (currently only 142 alive, plus 72 chicks that aren't included in the count until they're older). The Dunedin Wildlife Hospital has been caring for a lot of this season's chicks - today I found a great video about... Continue Reading →

I Go Weak

Admiring this brilliant photo by Steve Gingold I pondered the words for my title. I'd found the photo on his blog, requested permission, got a prompt response, and wanted to publish. I considered Silent Admiration (my response when I first saw the photo) but it seemed too ho-hum. I focused on the beauty of colour... Continue Reading →

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 →

Going, Glowing, Green

As darkness descends we switch on the outside light between cottage and office, and the back porch glows green. We're quietly amused, yet at the same time we're rather fond of the effect.. I enjoy seeing the green glow when I look through the kitchen window 🙂 -- another colourful light that we've inherited with... Continue Reading →

Bedroom Lightshade

The last occupants of our new home were artists and worked in stained glass and in pottery. The couple have gone into care and we've inherited some of their work. Our bedroom lightshade is one example. It sits beneath the light-bulb and therefore dims the light. Having always favoured brightly lit rooms I had no... Continue Reading →

Falling Foliage

Rimu is a New Zealand native tree that I'm very fond of, draped in a cascade of flowing foliage. We looked at some young trees in the native garden at Queens Park, Invercargill on March 02, 2019. I won't add extra information as there's a brilliant rimu article here (it has great photos and includes... Continue Reading →

Green and Cream

This shrub is in Queens Park, Invercargill not far from the Eye Tree that I've posted about recently. The foliage has really eye-catching colours! Two shades of green and a creamy white. This is a cultivar of a native New Zealand species, Griselinia littoralis. Photos taken by Liz Mar 02, 2019. Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand... Continue Reading →

Ye Olde Missile Launcher

Well, the chimney folded down made me imagine a missile launcher! This steam engine is a particularly colourful and attractive example, the first machine I looked at when we arrived at the Southland Steam Engine Club rally at Brydone near Gore yesterday. Southland, New Zealand It was my understanding that this engine works fine but... Continue Reading →

In The Innards

In  Going, going, ...  we left Nigel swallowed up by giant gunnera leaves at Maple Glen Gardens, Southland, New Zealand. He disappeared from the outside world remarkably cheery, and true to form whipped out the camera and caught a view from the innards. Deep inside the innards of a gunnera Hapless victim happily bids farewell... Continue Reading →

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