Fallen

Dead trees lying on the beach are sad shadows of their former selves but here's a new perspective I gained on radical transformation. Chris Mousseau shared photos of these fallen beauties he found when he went for a run on a perfect but cold winter's day (-20 degree day ... cough). On the shore of... Continue Reading →

Fighting For The Fossils

Whoomph.. the volcano blew its top and left a crater. The big hole, shaped like an ice-cream cone, then filled with water. There was nothing to disturb the sediment at the bottom of the lake (described as "anoxic" i.e. no oxygen). Around the lake an evergreen rainforest, a "vine forest", supported all sorts of plant... Continue Reading →

Fossil Lake, Foulden Maar

Beautiful drawing of Foulden Maar fossil lake deposit. "This reconstruction of the 23-million-year-old fossil lake deposit Foulden Maar in Otago, New Zealand, was commissioned by palaeontologist Dr Daphne Lee and drawn by artist/ecologist Dr Paula Peeters. The preservation of the site is so good that individual flowers, leaves, and insects can be identified. The drawing... Continue Reading →

Art at the Dentist

My sweet tooth adores fudge and Wednesday afternoon, for the first time in ages, I bought some maple and walnut fudge. We went home and had a cup of tea, along with a toffee pop biscuit. Crunch.. what is the hard bit? Oh no, part of a tooth on my upper-right had completely broken off... Continue Reading →

Queenstown Gardens

The first photo is taken by me from in front of the Bath House Cafe on the shore of Lake Wakatipu. The mountain is Cecil Peak. The peninsula covered in trees is Queenstown Gardens. Between the Bath House Cafe and the gardens are playgrounds for children of various ages from tiny tots to older children.... Continue Reading →

TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown

I was fortunate to see the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw leaving Queenstown Bay for her trip to Walter Peak and a few hours later when we were at the Bath House Cafe I saw the Earnslaw steaming back to town again. When she left Queenstown she reversed out into open water from her berth staying... Continue Reading →

Bath House Cafe, Queenstown

When we were in Queenstown on Saturday 27 October we re-visited a cafe that we haven't been to for many years and it was so wonderful we returned again before leaving town. It was bright and comfortable, the food and coffees were delicious and it feels very special being right on the shore by Lake... Continue Reading →

Maple Glen: Part One

Maple Glen is a beautiful 45-acre private garden in the rural countryside of Southland, about a 30-minute drive from where we live in Gore. Its a huge, multi-featured garden that's open all year and personally developed and maintained by the owners. Muriel Davison created the garden from a bare paddock and at their website she's... Continue Reading →

Five Eyes: Zoomology

Tom and Emma work as Freelance Ecologists spending the southern hemisphere's summer in New Zealand (Emma's home country) and the northern hemisphere's summer in England (Tom's home country). Their blog is choc-full of wonderful wildlife photography and very interesting and informative articles. Its a great opportunity for me to present some New Zealand wildlife so... Continue Reading →

Dot’s Dream Castle

This story begins with COLOUR. Yesterday, driving home from Kurow, we'd driven through Waitaki Bridge and were on our way to Oamaru. Suddenly in front of us was a big sign for Riverstone Kitchen. My excitement knew no bounds... I'd long wanted to visit this place! Both of these photos were taken from their car... Continue Reading →

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