Giant fruit sculpture in Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand, home of many fruit orchards. On a dark winter evening they're an impressive sight! Taken by Nigel 07 Aug 2019.

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Whispered Words

Poem by Damien B. Donnelly.  Arranged and presented by Liz. Last night you came calling like a song to soften the shadows and found me slipping in between the silence and the slumber. Last night you came calling softly with your whispering words that filled the longing, soft words that settled upon my bed like... Continue Reading →

Dawn Light(s). Frosty pink and blue dawn this morning. Colourful lights glowing on the town tree. Moon. We were walking to the cafe down the street and Nigel took this shot.

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 →

Overnight in Oamaru

In January when we stayed in Oamaru overnight, we chose a hotel that we've dined in several times but never stayed at - The Brydone Hotel. Its an old building and we weren't sure if we'd like the accommodation but were pleasantly surprised and very happy with our room which even included a bath in... Continue Reading →

Gore Xmas Houses

Here's a couple of houses decorated for Christmas in Gore, Southland, New Zealand from a late night drive around that Nigel and I did on Friday 21 December. We were pleasantly surprised by the number of residents willing to put in the effort to decorate! As I hit the publish button its getting very close... Continue Reading →

Christmas Moon

Last night we sallied out into the town to see what Gore has to offer in the way of decorated houses at Christmas, assisted by a small article in the local paper that mentioned four or five places. We found them all and more, and were impressed with the efforts that some people go to... Continue Reading →

Christmas Spirit

Earlier I showed you the first house in an Invercargill cul-de-sac where a number of near neighbours created cheerful Christmas displays that light up their lane. Here are the rest of the illuminations from neighbouring properties. Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. Taken 07 Dec 2018 A resident at the end of the cul-de-sac had lights coming... Continue Reading →

Christmas Neighbours

The Invercargill neighbourhood with many decorated houses has one small cul-de-sac notable for the number of residents who participate. It was a joy to visit! This was the most highly decorated house in the cul-de-sac and it was also the first one we arrived at. Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand, taken 07 Dec 2018 All horizontal... Continue Reading →

Christmas Trees Aglow

We drove to another part of town where we remembered a number of near neighbours had done great displays in the past (we lived in Invercargill for roughly a year, a few years ago). To our delight we found excellent displays there again, all within easy walking distance of where we parked. Here's the first... Continue Reading →

Lit Up for Christmas

Last night I suggested to Nigel that we drive to Invercargill to look at the street decorations. As we were driving into the city we saw this private house all lit up for Christmas. It was amazing how much work they'd invested in dressing up their property for the festive season. Photos taken by Liz... Continue Reading →

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