Switzers Rd Cottage

Driving along Switzers Road I looked out my passenger window to see this rustic old stone cottage on the hillside below in a farm paddock. I wonder what tales those walls could tell? Is it an old shepherd's hut, a farm worker's hut, did a family ever live there? I'll probably never know but it... Continue Reading →

Ennis House LA

In yesterday's post I offered a distant glimpse of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Ennis House on a hilltop in Los Feliz, Los Angeles USA. It was a truly magical experience to see this house and I don't think I had any idea of what to expect! It looks like a huge Mayan Temple and... Continue Reading →

Hollyhock House LA

I've been building up to this post with my recent photo-postings of hollyhock flowers and in this post I'll share photos of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House in Los Angeles. These were taken by Nigel during our 2010 stop-over in LA. This was our first visit to a FLW house ever and it was... Continue Reading →

Just a hamlet

Jane Dougherty tweeted these words as micropoetry this morning and they really struck a chord with me, and especially this part: "... all along the horizon the hills strode, ..." Here's the full text of the tweet ... It wasn’t a village, just a hamlet of five houses and two farms, a high place of... Continue Reading →

NZ-Irish Connections

We have a lot in common you know, New Zealand and the Irish. Each year the Skytower in Auckland is lit green for St Patricks Day and people dress green in honour of the occasion. We have a good many 'Irish Pubs' as well.. I've no idea how authentic they are but they get the... Continue Reading →

Anzac Day 2020

Anzac Day is the solemn day of remembrance of those Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who have fought and died for their country. It is marked annually on 25 April, the anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War. The above paragraph is taken from this page about Anzac Day and... Continue Reading →

Where Dreams Begin

I accompanied Nigel to Wyndham and Edendale this afternoon as he had to visit various sites for work. One place he parked was right by Edendale Primary School and I noticed these signs on the fence, above the rather dated wall. Edendale is notable for having a large dairy factory and a brand new bypass.... Continue Reading →

Tiger Moth

Yesterday we spent some time at Mandeville, a tiny settlement near Gore notable for having an airfield by the highway and a great little vintage aircraft museum, and a good cafe. This time they had their Tiger Moth airplane parked on the lawn near the cafe and we were able to get nicer photos than... Continue Reading →

Beautifully Ornate

More detail of the ornamentation inside Dunedin Railway Station, New Zealand. Taken by Liz, 29 December 2019. Either horizontal image can be enlarged (1400px wide). Click on the image to enlarge. If you'd like to see more photos of the Dunedin Railway Station and the Taieri Gorge rail trip then why don't you pay a... Continue Reading →

Train Themed Tiles

This lovely railway-themed tile art adorns the floor of Dunedin Railway Station, New Zealand. I took these photos while waiting to board the Taieri Gorge rail trip on 29 Dec 2019. Also, some nice stained glass windows on the top gallery level in the same space. These railway-themed tile pictures border the outer edge of... Continue Reading →

Higher Ground

Iona Church sits above the town of Port Chalmers, Dunedin, New Zealand. "Iona’s 8-day turret clock was installed in 1885 by Littlejohn and Co of Wellington." [...] "Although the time is pretty accurate, strong winds can and have been known to stop the hands, making timekeeping a little harder in the face of a good... Continue Reading →

Iona Church, Port Chalmers

Two views of Iona Church, both taken by Nigel 29 Dec 2019. There's been a church on the site overlooking the town since 1852, the first being a small wooden building with a square tower at the front. This was demolished to make way for a stone building now named Johnstone Hall, opened in January... Continue Reading →

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