Blue Mountains, Tapanui

It's three weeks since we moved to our recently purchased cottage in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Today was a beautiful autumn day and I went for a walk up our street, following it until I reached the outer edge of town. I took these photos of the Blue Mountains which dominate the landscape to... Continue Reading →

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NZ Autumn: Snow and Sheep

Stopped for road works, the view out my window. Some snow up top. Shingle Creek vicinity, north of Roxburgh. Central Otago trip to view autumn colour

Walnut and Washing

Soon after moving to a new place, issues tend to arise that require problem-solving. After cleaning up the washing machine that came with the house it's gone well apart from a minor hose leak. With relief I got the first lot of laundry out to the washing line. All good. But there was little sun... Continue Reading →

Transition

This large bare 1320m section is a block or two up the street from us in Tapanui. I know nothing about its destiny or why the simple house that used to be there is gone. We walked past a few days ago on a beautiful sunny day (cloudy, grey and overcast since). I was drawn... 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 →

Tansy and Apple Mint

We love to visit the herb garden at the botanic garden in Dunedin. It's big with stone paths to wander along and lots of plants to admire; wonderful place to just relax, enjoy, and learn about the different herbs. Photos by Liz, 05 March 2019. New Zealand Herb Garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden Bright yellow... Continue Reading →

Beauty in Pink and White

Final post of pink and white achillea flowers growing in the roadside verge beside Waimea Highway, the route that heads west out of Gore. Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel and Liz using Nigel's cellphone, 20 March 2019 Pink and White Achillea (Yarrow) Nigel took the first two photos, the second version with bokeh effect... Continue Reading →

Which Way from Gore?

This roadside verge is where Nigel and I were taking the achillea, utility-thing and "spider" (actually harvestman) photos I've posted recently. Thanks to Mike Powell who through the comments got me learning about harvestmen. This verge is by Highway 94 aka Waimea Highway that heads west out of Gore. If you like to see a... Continue Reading →

Grow and Flow

I couldn't stop lovin' these beautiful, flowing, flowering native grasses.. how beautiful they are! Taken in the native garden at Queens Park, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand by Liz 02 March 2019. Here's the big grass with the big flower heads.. native Cortaderia or toetoe Flow of flowers on the more medium-size native, Chionochloa Lastly, big-shot... Continue Reading →

Graceful Grass

These photos of native grasses were taken in the native garden at Queens Park, Invercargill on March 02, 2019. The first photo was taken by Nigel, the others were taken by Liz. A highlight of this visit was the flowering of the native grasses. Southland, New Zealand. Chionochloa rigida Taken by Nigel Probably Chionochloa rubra... Continue Reading →

Waipapa Point, Ways(2)

Wild and free but beware the hazardous sea at Waipapa Point. More sea, more paths plus photos of severely windshorn trees, victims of gale salt-laden winds. The photos are taken by me 17 Feb 2019 except for the two close-up tree photos taken by Nigel during our 2014 visit. Continues:  Waipapa Point, Ways For:  Which... Continue Reading →

Let Sleeping Seals Lie

Let sleeping seals lie. Two shiny, furry blobs just right of centre are sleeping seals. Taken by Nigel 17 Feb from a dune above the beach near Waipapa Point lighthouse, Southland, New Zealand

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