Small Keepsakes

After cleaning the stained glass lightshade I dealt with the mantelpiece I've been ignoring for ages! What a great opportunity to share with you some of the things that are special to us šŸ™‚ At home in our Tapanui cottage. New Zealand. This metal poppy art is above the fireplace. We bought it just before... Continue Reading →

Bright and Beautiful

The light in our passage at home died a couple of nights ago. I decided to take down the stained glass lightshade yesterday and give it a clean and got a new light bulb. What a stunning difference! I guess it was already fairly dusty when we moved in because we've never seen the colours... Continue Reading →

Roll Out the Red Carpet

We stopped in Roxburgh for breakfast en route to Central Otago and noticed some new shops. Roxburgh now has its very own tea store! Opened 30 September 2019.Ā  Teviot Tea StoreĀ  is a pretty little shop selling various teas and other tea-related things. If you're passing through it's worth taking a look... the red welcome... Continue Reading →

Warm Welcome

When we visit Invercargill we tend to end up at Waxy's Irish Pub where there's a warm welcome, good food and relaxing atmosphere. It's a bonus if one of the round booths is available! Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken Saturday 14 September 2019. Irish map on the ceiling! I heard the sound of a... Continue Reading →

Grid Coffee Roastery (2)

Grid Coffee Roastery and Espresso Bar is in Mornington, Dunedin (New Zealand) and located in a building that used to house the cable cars that ran to and from the city, from 1883 to 1957. This post continuesĀ  Grid Coffee Roastery. Photos taken during our visit May 29, 2019. Grid street frontage, cropped from a... Continue Reading →

Casafuego Pool Room

These photos taken during a winter visit to Casafuego Mexican cafe/restaurant in Balclutha on 08 July 2019. They'd added a pool table since our previous visit. We loved the look but our photos came out rather 'flat' due to the light conditions. Today I had a bit of a 'play' with my recently downloaded photo... Continue Reading →

Hullabaloo: The Nevis

A spectacular hidden valley close to Bannockburn, yet isolated because of its difficult access, the Nevis Valley is the subject of this year's winter show. Wind your way up the Carrick Range to Duffers Saddle and imagine being in a wagon drawn by Clydesdale horses or bullocks, struggling up the mountain pass, 1000metres in 10... Continue Reading →

Hullabaloo Two

In my last post* I introduced you to theĀ  Hullabaloo Art SpaceĀ  in theĀ  Cromwell Heritage Precinct. The art on display was amazing - I took lots more photos than I'd anticipated! The gallery itself is light and airy, uncluttered.. a very pleasant place to spend time in. The artworks are extremely creative, varied, and... Continue Reading →

RedRobin Cafe

Without question this is the best boutique cafe that we've ever been to. Robin Stock the owner has been in New Zealand for over 20 years, well-travelled (has been a mural painter) and hails from London/Sussex (UK). This tiny cafe is in North Oamaru and Robin offers a hearty welcome, banter, and delicious food and... Continue Reading →

Colours and Decor

The Frost Pot in Roxburgh, Central Otago, New Zealand. As per my last post, this shop has only been open for seven weeks and was a really nice surprise for us when we visited on Friday 12 April 2019 (NZ autumn). Nigel was a keen photographer this day and did a great job! All photos... Continue Reading →

Pub at the Port

In yesterday's post I said we'd been out for dinner in Port Chalmers during our recent overnighter in Dunedin. We didn't take any photos but I took some during a visit to the same establishment in January - I'll share those with you instead. Its a really nice pub, welcoming and friendly, comfortable, and with... Continue Reading →

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