Paua Shell Fence

Paua (abalone) shells are beautifully iridescent on the inside. The shellfish itself is a popular food, often consumed as paua fritters and the gathering of paua is a much enjoyed recreational activity. Just saying, as I don't gather or like to eat paua but I do love the beautiful shells and paua jewellery. When we... Continue Reading →

Sgt Dan and Christmas

Sergeant Dan on the wall of the old porridge factory in Gore is all decked out for Christmas. Nigel and I were surprised on 22 Oct to find that Sergeant Dan is now sporting a Santa hat courtesy of the local radio station. For more info about Sgt Dan see my previous post  I Am... Continue Reading →

Cabbage Tree in Gore

Although we see plenty of cabbage trees down south, we both really enjoy them. This is a very distinctive native New Zealand tree that looks like it came straight out of a Dr Seuss book. We see this particular cabbage tree often as its on one of our walking routes into town, on the edge... Continue Reading →

White on Black

When we visited Bluff on Sunday afternoon I was excited to find a large ship in port, and the icing on the cake was that we found it to be a New Zealand ship named Matuku featuring a large white silver fern icon on a black background. South Port, Bluff, Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken... Continue Reading →

Thistle Brand

This is the Thistle brand logo shown on the end wall of the Fleming’s Creamoata Mill complex in Gore, Southland, New Zealand viewed from Gorton Street. Thistle rolled oats and oatmeal were among the product lines produced in the mill. First photo by Nigel and second photo by Liz, both taken 15 September, 2018 Related... Continue Reading →

Sergeant Dan : Porridge Mill. Fleming’s Creamoata Mill complex, Gore, Southland, New Zealand. This mill produced the porridge I ate as a child. Now the premises of a stock food company. Liz, taken 01 Oct 2018

Whitebait Fritters

Down south here, the whitebait season runs from 15 August until 30 November and that means I can find whitebait fritters. I've found that we can get awesome whitebait fritters at the Stirling Tides cafe at Fortrose so that is where we headed on Sunday. Whitebait are tiny immature fish and there's a whole seasonal... Continue Reading →

Love Grows

Nigel and I were walking together along a grassy path through Gore Gardens on 15 September when he pointed at something on the ground. Well ok, we weren't exactly "together" because I was lagging behind taking photos of blossom! When I looked, I found this cute heart lying in the grass... so sweet 🙂 Gore... Continue Reading →

Bald Eagle in Bluff

Last time we were in Bluff, we walked along part of the main street and one of the buildings that caught our attention was the Eagle Hotel. It prominently features the Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus, the Official National Bird of the USA that also appears on the Great Seal of the United States. With Hurricane Florence... Continue Reading →

Where From Here?

Have you ever wondered what its like to visit 'Down Under' to New Zealand, explore the 'mainland' or South Island, and follow the highway down south to the very end? Today I'll show you what its like at Stirling Point where the highway terminates. The closest town is a tiny drive away at Bluff. I'll... Continue Reading →

20,000 Wine Bottles

20,000 wine bottles in this bottle house standing tall in the small rural village of Waikaia, Southland, New Zealand. The big bottle is right in the centre of the village. If you look closely you can see the bottles have been carefully placed to create a patterned exterior. Its part of Switzers Museum and Bottle... Continue Reading →

I Am The Man

When I was growing up we had porridge for breakfast every morning, summer and winter. The brand that mum bought was Creamoata. Its interesting that here in Gore, where we now live, is where the oats were processed and packaged. The iconic mill is right in the heart of Gore although a stock food company... Continue Reading →

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