New Zealand Collie

Iconic in New Zealand, a remarkable animal indispensable to sheep farmers for moving and control of sheep, and familiar to the rest of us from seeing dog trials at A&P Shows and on TV. The breed was originally from the Scottish Border, the border collie, but has been bred over time to better suit the... Continue Reading →

Winter Colours

We needed to go to Invercargill this afternoon so I could return some library books. Cold, grey, wet day. We didn't have anything else planned so I suggested to Nigel we visit a homeware / home furnishings shop to check what they stock. The best thing about the visit was being confronted with lots of... Continue Reading →

Album Page – Dunedin NZ

On Friday in Dunedin we took some time to just relax and enjoy chilling-out for a while, although we chose nice cosy places to visit! Laneway is a great cafe/bar in the centre of Dunedin, down a quiet side lane called Bath Street. It's possibly my favourite place of all to visit. We went inside... Continue Reading →

Upturned – Book Launch

This evening we attended a book launch at University Book Shop in Dunedin for the fourth book of poems by Kay McKenzie Cooke whose poetry I enjoy enormously. Kay is a Dunedin poet who was born and raised in Southland and the book includes poems that specifically relate to places not far from where I... Continue Reading →

Waikaia on Saturday

We were in Waikaia on Saturday 13 June, a beautiful sunny winter's day although it was chilly outside of the car. I've already posted twice about Argyle Burn - the first photo was one I took near the burn, out front of a private property, a clear reference to the gold history of the area.... Continue Reading →

Perserves

We went for this lovely little local drive on the evening of 28 May, the real reason being so Nigel could show me some nice autumn trees that he'd seen while driving to a job. On our way back we thought we'd like to check out this farm roadside stall - we hadn't been able... Continue Reading →

Light in the Darkness

I liked this light and the texture of the wall, in a cafe in Central Otago that we visited not long before lockdown started in New Zealand. Photo taken by me 22 March 2020. By the way, I've just changed to the new WP editor so am unsure how this post will look compared to... Continue Reading →

The tailwind of privilege

I read this excellent article today in The Spinoff by guest writer Mary Breheny. Dr Mary Breheny is an Associate Professor of Health Sciences at Massey University (New Zealand). I obtained permission to share the text of the article here on my blog and sourced the image from Pexels - by Markus Spiske. The tailwind... Continue Reading →

Rural Anzac Day

It was nearly sunset on Thursday when Nigel and I were out for a short drive in a rural area near home. Approaching an intersection we found this eye-catching Anzac display on a farmer's silage bales. It would have been created for 25 April which is Anzac Day when we remember Australian and New Zealand... Continue Reading →

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