Nature’s Magic Tricks

Surprise tricks played on us by Nature who blasted us with freezing cold Antarctic wind when we were already a month into Spring. Our town is blanketed in thick white snow. Nigel took these photos at home (later in the morning than the ones I posted earlier). We've seen a lot of chopping and changing... Continue Reading →

Crossan’s Cottage 1865

Driving along the Roxburgh East Road through the Teviot Valley, I spotted this gorgeous old stone cottage down below. Nigel stopped so I could get photos. Looking for more information I found a Facebook media-set of photos taken 04 October 2015 and was amazed to find the cottage was just a derelict ruin then! Someone's... Continue Reading →

First Day of Spring, Tapanui NZ

First day of Spring today 01 Sept and *this* is the view out my front door after a cold wet night. First significant snow we've had (it barely turned up all winter). Tapanui, West Otago. New Zealand

Home Sweet Home

I took these photos on Sunday 23 August, 2020 at our home. 1.  A favourite cushion on our sofa. 2.  Early spring flowers from our garden. Just enjoying some colour and fun 🙂 Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Bald Hill Flat

Our lovely Sunday afternoon drive (continued). I'd already mentioned that we were heading to Fruitlands, a wonderful scenic and historic area that pre-1915 was named Bald Hill Flat but then renamed Fruitlands in 1915 in recognition of fruit-growing efforts. This was short-lived as it was too cold but the name remains. It's a farming area... 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 →

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 →

Heading Down the Highway

Stay Home, Stay Safe. Today New Zealand was down to 19 new cases of Covid-19. The last twelve days: 89, 71, 82, 89, 67, 54, 50, 29, 44, 29, 18, and today, 19 It works. If you're being advised to stay home, just do it. -- also pay attention to hand washing -- Some of... Continue Reading →

I Call You

The pretty picture below is taken where I live. It's also a concept photo with a prominent rugby goal-post. Behind are the Blue Mountains, the backdrop to our town of Tapanui. I read a discussion this morning on an American blog where people were discussing what they could and couldn't do during lockdown. I was... Continue Reading →

Wedded Bliss

The . Life Of . The . Wife Of . A . Landscape . Architect Left home to walk up the street and glanced at our "lawn" the Landscape Architect "mowed" couple of days ago -- Land Art. Serpentine .. of course We'll be the talk of the town 🙂 Text and photos by Liz;... Continue Reading →

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