Nigel Making Plans For Spaces

An article newly published in Business South about my husband Nigel’s work as a Landscape Architect and his company Growplan – if you're interested you can read it by clicking on the link below which will open up a PDF of the article. Nigel – happy making plans for spaces | by Richard Loader businesssouth... Continue Reading →

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All Lined Up: Camellia Hedge. We pass this very tidily clipped low hedge when we walk into town from home. In late autumn it was flowering beautifully when there was little else in bloom. What a stunner!

Rock Solid

Nearly missed taking a photo of this big boulder. I'd just got comfy in the car after being out in the cold, looked out the window, and realized I'd forgotten to photo this rock when I was outside. So back outside I went ... Butchers Gully, Butchers Dam, Lye Bow Road, Alexandra; Central Otago, New... Continue Reading →

Winter Willow

On that freezing cold Saturday, 02 June, when we were on our way home through Central Otago, we passed these frozen willows. This was after we'd left Fruitlands and we were somewhere between Gorge Creek and Shingle Creek. Central Otago, New Zealand. The trees were right by the highway. - Photo by Nigel Some of... Continue Reading →

Rock Face (do you see the face?)  - Looks like an aristocratic man's face to me, in profile with nose toward the power pole. Lawyer's head? What do you see? Taken by Liz at Butchers Dam near Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand, Sat 02 June 2018.

Pretty Damn Cold!

Alexandra remained foggy and cold on Sat 02 June. We stopped to take photos at Butchers Dam where the scenery was splendid but we didn't want to hang around for too long as it was very cold. We were parked by Lye Bow Road, a gravel road which is just off the main highway. The... Continue Reading →

Fire and Ice

Rose hips and hoar frost photographed on the second day of winter. We drove to Alexandra and in the afternoon on the way back to Gore we stopped in several places to take photos. These are taken at Butchers Dam near Alexandra. We literally parked on the roadside, scrambled up a bank, and found a... Continue Reading →

Speargrass Inn: Garden

Photos from the garden that surrounds Speargrass Inn at Fruitlands, Central Otago. We arrived at the Inn but they were Out (closed for the winter). This post continues Fruitless Fruitlands which included a rustic wagon. The beautiful pine tree below is near the wagon - you can partially see it in some photos. The pine... Continue Reading →

Fruitless Fruitlands

Speargrass Inn is a beautifully restored historic hotel now operating as a cafe with separate B&B accommodation. We'd hoped to enjoy the cafe on our way back home on Saturday. The district where Speargrass Inn is located is called Fruitlands and we found the cafe had closed for the winter hence my title 'Fruitless Fruitlands'.... Continue Reading →

Narnia found! At Lye Bow Road, Butchers Gully, Alexandra. Taken by Liz Sat 02 June 2018 in the early afternoon. Second day of winter here in New Zealand.

Mysterious Medlar

The medlar is a strange tree with a few uncomplimentary common names that aren't fit to publish on this blog. I like the name 'medlar' though, sounds old like the dodo. The flowers are pretty, the fruits are, er ... interesting (they give rise to the aforesaid uncomplimentary common names). The fruits need to be... Continue Reading →

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