31 Years

Wedding anniversary today! So we did a long drive into Central Otago ~ but I took this photo 24 November. Deep red rosebud ready to open, red mature rose blurred behind the bud, scattered soft-focus white roses in background (they're tinged palest pink in the centre). Alexandra public gardens, Central Otago, New Zealand.

Birthday Time

Birthday time.. mine! I found this giant sundial this morning in Cromwell, Central Otago. Nigel 6'3" is with the dial in the 2nd photo. Hardly any roses are out yet and yet I found a "Celebration" rose! Plus the mountain clock way above Alexandra - which I photographed on our way here on Saturday. “So... Continue Reading →

Sunshine

You Are My Sunshine! ~photo taken yesterday at Turquoise Cafe, Ettrick (orchard area between Millers Flat and Roxburgh); the cafe's in what used to be an orchard packing shed. Lovely cafe! Central Otago, New Zealand.

Robes of Purest White

As mentioned in Plum Pigeon, we have a native-pigeon-couple spending courting time in our blossoming plum tree. Late on 11th September I noted their presence in the tree and managed to get out there with my cellphone camera. Today while considering this post I decided to search for poems about the New Zealand Pigeon and... Continue Reading →

Mercy Parish

Christmas Day 2019 we visited a beautiful Catholic church in South Dunedin, St Patrick’s Basilica. The entrance is very welcoming. And note the use of Māori language as well as multi-language words of welcome. Dunedin, New Zealand. Some language information ~from Our Languages - Ō Tātou Reo "There are two official languages in Aotearoa New... Continue Reading →

The Art of Love

In need of spiritual and mental refreshment today I searched Bishop Jake's blog for "life is messy" knowing I'd get results to go with photos I'd already selected; the two photos below were taken at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand on 07 May 2022.

Look At Me Now

Further to my recent post Only An Onion featuring photos taken 18 Jan, I've seen Allium pskemense again during a wander through the rock garden yesterday, at Dunedin Botanic Garden. It looks as elegant and stately as ever despite the inevitable changes that've accompanied our transition into autumn. New Zealand. ~looking at my photo and... Continue Reading →

Easter Meditation

This is a meditation for Easter that I've put together using four photos and words beginning with the letter 'L'. The first two photos are mine, the third arrived in my twitter feed yesterday, the last was in Ann Mackay's blogpost last Sunday NZ-time. Photos by others are used here with their permission. Click on... Continue Reading →

Our Lady of Kyiv

For my blog today --Sunday now in NZ-- I'm sharing a tweet from Rev. Frank Ritchie (New Zealand). I found these words and photo to be a comfort: "A Byzantine icon. The original was painted in 1132 I believe. I purchased this many years ago. It is Our Lady of Kyiv. My two main prayer... Continue Reading →

Together

Together.. coffee and dessert at Howl at the Moon restaurant/bar in Gore, Southland on 10 Feb, all four photos by Nigel. The desserts were yummy! The red pic is pōhutukawa flower 'bits' strewn all over a path, cropped from a photo Nigel took at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 28 January. New Zealand. desserts: Chocolate and... Continue Reading →

A Moment of both Peril and Promise

Jan 6th, Capitol. "That day, and our response to it, contain potential for both peril and promise." [final paragraph] “This is indeed a moment of both peril and promise. But if love is indeed the supreme law of God for life, as I believe it is, then God’s way of unselfish, sacrificial love for each... Continue Reading →

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