No 3 Balaclava Street

A Little Bird Told Me - this is a lovely designer homeware, clothing and accessories shop that used to be housed in a church building in Wyndham. Some time ago I noticed that the church property was advertised for sale. When we were in town the other day, we popped down Balaclava Street to see... Continue Reading →


Zooming In On The Green Car

Thurs 08 Mar we drove to Invercargill and while Nigel was doing business I visited a display of speedway cars that he'd txt-ed me about. It was fun wandering around looking at the cars and doing a bit of people-watching. My favourite was the classic green car - these photos all have the green car... Continue Reading →

Americana Surprise in Southland

On Sunday 04 March we headed way out west from Gore and landed up in Lumsden... ** Click twice on any image to view full-size ** Hungry and thirsty, we were drawn to this promising-looking cafe and bar Inside, a 1955 Dodge Kingsway has made itself at home The Route 6 website describes the cafe... Continue Reading →

Raised vege beds and caged cherry trees at Riverstone Kitchen, north of Oamaru. Taken by Nigel 09 Dec 2017. North Otago, New Zealand

Willow, Wicker and Weaving

Riverstone Kitchen has extensive beautiful and functional gardens surrounding the restaurant, retail buildings and carpark. Nigel gave me free rein on the photos he took so despite losing mine in yesterday's laptop disaster I can still share some of the experience. This post continues my previous post Dot's Dream Castle so you can find more... Continue Reading →

Golden Showers

Laburnum Tunnel at Larnach Castle Garden, Otago Peninsula (near Dunedin), New Zealand  |  Sat 25 November 2017 Click on the photo to enlarge. The Larnach Castle Laburnum Tunnel, photographed during our visit on Saturday. We were anxious not to miss seeing it in bloom! Above, you can see a couple walking down the slope through... Continue Reading →

The Tower Stairs

  Today I present a photo taken by a photographer whose work I admire very much. His name is Lignum Draco. He's been posting photo articles about his recent trip to Cuba and this photo particularly caught my attention. I'm pleased to share it here with his permission.   Photo by Lignum Draco   "Centrally... Continue Reading →

Four Seasons with Jodi

With Jodi's kind permission I'm sharing some of my favourite posts from her fantastic blog, of which you could say that I'm a devoted follower. If you enjoy beauty, art and inspiration (not to mention mouth-watering food recipes) then Jodi's blog simply has it all! I feel honoured that Jodi so generously allows me to... Continue Reading →

Cedars of Lebanon Grove

Yesterday we visited the Dunedin Botanic Garden and paused at the Cedars of Lebanon Grove. This is a special garden, gifted by the Lebanese community. The Grove was officially opened in late October 2011. Click on photo to enlarge. The Dunedin Botanic Garden website states that "the cast bronze Cedar Cone acknowledges the close relationship... Continue Reading →

Out in the Country and by the Sea

Fortrose is on the shore of Toetoes estuary and close to the mouth of the Mataura River, a half hour drive from Invercargill (New Zealand). There's a lovely cafe there where you can have your meal while admiring the view of the estuary. Its a favourite stop for us if we're driving from Invercargill and... Continue Reading →

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