Wonderland ~01

When we arrived in Oamaru and wandered through the public gardens I spotted a moon gate off to the side and was drawn to it. "This part of the gardens known as Wonderland was officially opened by Sir Leonard Wright on October 31st 1959" ~inscription at the top of the gate. I was pretty taken... Continue Reading →

Five Years | Exploring Colour

Five years ago today, on 23 May, I started my blog with a brief and plain post, then launched out into the WP blogger-sphere to see what it's all about. I didn't have a clue! In this first session I happened to meet an Irish poet then working as pattern-maker in Paris, Damien B. Donnelly.... Continue Reading →

Malus trilobata

Yesterday I shared how I solved the name of this tree we found on Saturday in a public park in Gore. Here's the photos I took while we were looking at it, I hope you get a sense of our joy and wonder at finding this beautiful tree that, at the time, was a mystery... Continue Reading →

Yellow. Makes. Me. Happy!

There's nothing like bright yellow to brighten the way! These pics of yellow daisy flowers were taken at Dunedin Botanic Garden. I took all.. except for the vertical context shot by Nigel. The first one with the shadows on the path, I took 18 Jan 2022. The others were all 20 May 2021. New Zealand.... Continue Reading →

Serenity

"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; .." Matt 6:28 pt RSV Local lilies in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand /15 Feb 2022. Photos by Nigel. ~ Flower farm entrance. I got big orange pollen marks on jeans/shirt and that shattered my serenity a bit but the perfume... Continue Reading →

Together

Together.. coffee and dessert at Howl at the Moon restaurant/bar in Gore, Southland on 10 Feb, all four photos by Nigel. The desserts were yummy! The red pic is pōhutukawa flower 'bits' strewn all over a path, cropped from a photo Nigel took at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 28 January. New Zealand. desserts: Chocolate and... Continue Reading →

Clutha at Roxburgh

The river photos are of the Clutha River at Roxburgh from a riverside path, Sunday 23 Jan 2022. The Māori name Mata-au references the swift surface current of the river. The rest of the photos were taken from a spot in a small section of pine trees where I paused to enjoy the nice setting... Continue Reading →

Dogs With Bells On

Some of them. Yesterday I kidded Nigel to take me to Roxburgh to look for decorated houses.. saw none! But on a small rural property not far away we came across these dogs all dressed up in Christmas costume, hurray! The 'reindeer' had bells on the antlers so the energetic little dog jingled all the... Continue Reading →

Restful in Invercargill

After leaving the Southern Farmers Market yesterday we visited the Queens Park gardens and had a wander around the rose garden, met a cute dog and her lovely minder, admired an outdoor glass table, and then relaxed at Buster Crabb before heading home. Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Dick Fry... Continue Reading →

Christmas Cupcakes

We made the trip to Invercargill again today, this time because I wanted to go to the Southern Farmers Market and buy a dozen gorgeous Christmas cupcakes. They were every bit as beautiful as I'd seen in the photo on FB. I hadn't intended to come home with a spectacular new tablecloth but that happened... Continue Reading →

Festive Farm Field

Found a fabulous festive farm field at Mokotua! Take a look at the lead 'reindeer' LOL. Mokotua is near Invercargill, you drive through it en route to the Catlins (we were on our way to Fortrose). Southland, New Zealand. 16 December. Click on any photo to enlarge. The farmer even created a roadside viewing area.... Continue Reading →

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