Growplan at Wanaka Show

TODAY and TOMORROW, 13-14 March 2020. Site W7

Just The Right Green

On Sunday Nigel took himself and his green brolly off to Hawthorn Den at Waikaka to attend a fete. Waikaka is not far distant from home, between where we live in Tapanui and Gore. The green brolly is no ordinary umbrella, a lucky find for Nigel a year ago. It's huge and the shade of... Continue Reading →

Wedded Bliss

The . Life Of . The . Wife Of . A . Landscape . Architect Left home to walk up the street and glanced at our "lawn" the Landscape Architect "mowed" couple of days ago -- Land Art. Serpentine .. of course We'll be the talk of the town 🙂 Text and photos by Liz;... 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 →

Pomahaka River, Leithen

We did a little bit of local exploring yesterday afternoon. I remembered seeing a sign to a picnic area near Heriot so we drove there and found a turn-off (to 'Leithen Picnic Area'). Initially it was a sealed road through farmland, then became a gravel road through forest and suddenly we arrived at a lovely... Continue Reading →

These Hills of Gold

Driving back to Tapanui via Moa Flat yesterday we suddenly came upon these golden slopes, probably brassica flowers from a farm crop. Those are the Blue Mountains in the distance, behind Tapanui. West Otago, New Zealand. Nigel got a nice photo of the view so I've done a 1600px-wide image. Click on the photo to... Continue Reading →

Indigenous Australia

I had little to offer in terms of indigenous perspective on the current bushfire situation but I thought you might be interested in the few stories I'd found. Then two more articles became available while I was still completing the post! STOP PRESS: Just as I was proof-reading my post I noticed a tweet linking... Continue Reading →

Mediterranean Garden

These are photos I took in the Mediterranean Garden at Dunedin Botanic Gardens on the evening of 24 November 2019. The vertical was over-exposed and with my basic editing skills I couldn't retrieve the colour. I knew other bloggers have had success playing with effects on 'bin' photos so I had a go and it... Continue Reading →

Current Affairs

The bookstore in the fire-ravaged village of Cobargo, New South Wales, has a new sign outside: “Post-Apocalyptic Fiction has been moved to Current Affairs.” I used to work as a librarian so was particularly taken with the above line which was taken from an excellent opinion piece in the New York Times. The whole purpose... Continue Reading →

#AustraliaBurns

I'm finding it increasingly difficult to comprehend what's going on in Australia. I've read so much recently via twitter i.e. tweets and the articles they point to. Various photos and video clips. My eyes feel tired. In a way none of it makes sense to me. Australia is such a big and well-resourced country and... Continue Reading →

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