Entrance to Te Rau Aroha Marae, Bluff. The marae is the social centre of Maori communities. Southland, New Zealand

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Magical Moa

Moa Flat is a picturesque rural farming area in West Otago, between Gore and Central Otago. Sometimes we choose to take this relatively minor route because of its beauty. A local farming couple commissioned an artist to create a moa sculpture for a roadside portion of their property. Its a fantastic icon for Moa Flat.... Continue Reading →

Espaliered tree in spring bloom, apple tree I think. Photo taken from the street. For Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Grow. Gore, Southland, New Zealand. 05 Oct 2018

Which Way: Driving Home

On Sunday Nigel and I drove to Fortrose on the south coast for a lunchtime feed of whitebait fritters. We had a more leisurely drive on the way back and stopped at a few places so I could record some of the waypoints 🙂 Taking these photos was inspired by the Which Way Photo Challenge... Continue Reading →

Which Way: Close To Home

Which Way is a fascinating challenge at so many levels. It runs for a week from when it was posted on 27 September and my first entry was an alarmed door. Now I'm sharing a few photos of a street that's near where we live in Gore, Southland, New Zealand Close To Home When walking... Continue Reading →

Dancing with the Daffodils

This post celebrates the daffodils we've seen during our amazing spring. I've drip-fed you an occasional daffodil photo but most have been kept for this post. Its been very windy and rainy here over the last couple of days so I'm keen to share some more YELLOW! And who doesn't like daffodils? I trust you'll... Continue Reading →

On Patrol. Nesting black swans. There's no crossing the bridge to "their" island! The swan on the bridge patrols, marching up and down with a resounding thud, thud, thud! Maple Glen, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 15 Sept 2018

Beautiful Birch

There's a lovely tall birch tree with white trunk and branches in Gore Public Gardens. I took photos on a grey day a few days ago and then some more photos yesterday morning when it was bright and sunny. I deleted most of my shots but here are two from each day's photos that I... Continue Reading →

Greenhills near Bluff

Near Bluff there's a tiny settlement called Greenhills and we took a little detour there to drive the short distance to Colyers Island. The small island is in private ownership. You soon leave the Greenhills settlement behind and then find a rural beach area with harbour views and of course, Colyers Island. Photos taken by... Continue Reading →

North Africa In Stitches

Salley Mavor is busy stitching illustrations for a new children's book called My Bed. I've been following her blog as she stitches her way through various cultures and countries illustrating where children go to sleep around the world. In "North Africa (Part 2)" Salley includes how she addressed the landscape once she'd "built" the houses.... Continue Reading →

Stewart Island (Rakiura) in the distance, viewed from Bluff Hill. Foveaux Strait is deceptively tranquil. There's a cargo ship, probably a log carrier, and some smaller boats. Taken by Liz, 14 Aug 2018.

Bluff Hill, Southland

When we were in Bluff on 14 August 2018, we drove to the carpark on Bluff Hill and walked up the spiral path to the top of the lookout area. The spiral path is brilliant! The views are fabulous from up here and you go round and round enjoying the changing scenery as you go.... Continue Reading →

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