My Cathedral

Kiss of the sun for pardon. Song of the birds for mirth. You’re closer to God’s heart in a garden than any place else on earth. – Dorothy Frances Gurney When I was a kid my older brother, already married/in his own home, would sometimes play My Cathedral /Jim Reeves on a Sunday morning. YouTube:... Continue Reading →

Little Lemon Rose

Found this gorgeous early rose loaded with cute little lemon-coloured blooms in the Jessie Calder Garden (old roses), Queens Park, Invercargill on 17 October 2020. This was the only rose making an impact, others had barely started. Southland, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

We Can Do This, Again

Community transmission has raised its ugly head and New Zealand no longer enjoys Level 1 freedom. Auckland has gone to Level 3 and the rest of the country is now Level 2 - for the next 12 days anyway. I've seen absolute nonsense written about our situation here. Don't believe trash reports about our fascist... Continue Reading →

Winter Colours

We needed to go to Invercargill this afternoon so I could return some library books. Cold, grey, wet day. We didn't have anything else planned so I suggested to Nigel we visit a homeware / home furnishings shop to check what they stock. The best thing about the visit was being confronted with lots 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 →

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 →

Looking on the Bright Side

While lockdown in New Zealand is immensely restrictive, the number of new Covid-19 cases today was only 29. Since lockdown the number of new cases each day has been: 78, 85, 83, 63, 76, 58, 61, 89, 71, 82, 89, 67, 54, 50, and today only 29. I feel relieved. We're getting the lower numbers... Continue Reading →

Raspberry Ice

'Raspberry Ice' is a lovely 1986 rose. This planting is a very small part of the wonderful modern rose garden at Queens Park in Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Liz 24 February 2020

Bright Yellow Achillea

When we were in Queens Park, Invercargill on 24 February there were some really bright yellow achillea in bloom making a dazzling display. Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken by Nigel. Click on any photo to enlarge. Humorous shot of me hurrying to get out of Nigel's way when actually he was trying to take a... Continue Reading →

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