Tapanui Community

I took these photos 30 March 2020 when New Zealand was in early Level 4 lockdown for Covid, we were one month into the autumn season. Nigel and I had taken a Monday exercise walk, finding our way to the town rugby fields and then wandering back via the golf course. Tapanui, West Otago, New... Continue Reading →

Busy Guy

We were out driving this afternoon and found this cool guy busy working at the front of his property, near the mailbox. He's a fair dinkum kiwi 'cause he's wearing his Red Band gumboots!  Waitahuna, near Lawrence. Clutha District, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. While I was taking photos, Nigel sneakily took... Continue Reading →

Joy to the World

Spring was very present and pleasant in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens today. Near the top of the gardens I stood under a big Eucalyptus gunnii tree taking pics of it, and all around me I heard tui song - full surround sound! They sang endlessly at top volume, the whole gamut of their usual crazy... Continue Reading →

Flocks of Mowers

During a walk at the end of March we were excited to find two species of mowers resident at our local golf course. The white species are commonly seen throughout New Zealand either individually or in flocks. The dark species are usually solitary and require shelter. Viewing flocks of both species in close proximity is... Continue Reading →

NZs Iconic Flax

New Zealand flax is everywhere in NZ. If you visit here hoping to see flax you won't be disappointed - it's along roadsides, by the beach, along driveways, on mountain sides, perched on cliffs, on the edges of swamps, in public parks and in home gardens. Driving in rural areas you'll likely see green flax... Continue Reading →

Golfers and Greenkeepers

Yesterday I featured ovine greenkeepers in three photos I posted. Do golfers share the fairways with the maintenance crew? Yes they do. Many cars were parked at the club and golfers were playing. Here's three shots with golfers visible in the first two. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken 22 Feb 2020. Click on... Continue Reading →

Greenkeepers

Leaving Tapanui this afternoon I noticed the local golf course on the edge of town was being maintained by willing greenkeepers. This is no surprise to me as it's quite normal in rural New Zealand but I'm not sure if overseas people are used to a golf course being maintained this way? On our return... Continue Reading →

Christmas In The Country

On our drive back home from Dunedin via the south coast on Sunday we found some cheerful Christmas farm fun with Santa featuring in two different displays. Both were unexpected delights that we just happened upon by chance. Hooray for the farmers! South Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken by Nigel 08 Dec 2019. Rural area... Continue Reading →

Southern Spirit

New Zealand flag proudly flying on the south coast of the South Island. Tiny remote settlement, just a few baches, at Chrystall's Beach.

Kiwi Supernova

Most people know of "kiwifruit" as we call them in New Zealand. You might call them "kiwis". During my young childhood they were called "Chinese gooseberries". I've just found that the name change occurred on 15 June 1959 (it evidently took a while to catch on with the general population as I was born a... Continue Reading →

Clever Costume

Four Square is an iconic brand in New Zealand, a national network of grocery stores easily recognised by the colourful number four and the "four square man" always on display. I was just reading at the  Four Square website  that "Four Square turns 95 in 2019 - having been founded in 1924". This afternoon we... Continue Reading →

Count The Boots

Many cafes and shops in small rural towns have a notice near the entrance requesting that muddy boots be left outside the door. Perhaps this could be a useful indicator of a good cafe! Certainly Top Nosh in Tapanui is deservedly popular and as we left the cafe on Sunday I noticed lots of boots... Continue Reading →

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