Tapanui Community

I took these photos 30 March 2020 when New Zealand was in early Level 4 lockdown for Covid, we were one month into the autumn season. Nigel and I had taken a Monday exercise walk, finding our way to the town rugby fields and then wandering back via the golf course. Tapanui, West Otago, New... Continue Reading →

Joy is water

Excited to share this beautiful poem Joy is water, a poem by WP blogger sarahsouthwest (uk). Sarah found my request a few days ago after it'd been missed a while ago - thanks for getting in touch Sarah! Her poems can be found online at: fmmewritespoems Joy is water    words by sarahsouthwest, originally posted... Continue Reading →

Roxburgh in the Teviot Valley

Now we live in Tapanui it's not far to drive to Roxburgh in Central Otago, an inland rural town we're fond of (wouldn't mind living there). It's right by the Clutha River and the town is surrounded by farms and orchards. There's also a hydro dam at East Roxburgh (its 60th anniversary was in 2016).... Continue Reading →

My Cup Runneth Over

Couldn't help thinking of this phrase from Psalm 23:5 in the Bible, a famous psalm that begins: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." On Wednesday, early in our journey to Oamaru, we hoped to find refreshments in Milton and stopped at this cafe - only to find it had closed at 2.30pm... Continue Reading →

Writing Writing Writing

Kay's favourite 'quiet' hobby/interest is 'writing, writing, writing'! Kay McKenzie Cooke is a southern Aotearoa / New Zealand writer that I've met through blogging and I'm excited for Kay that her fourth book of poetry will be released in June. She's also been working on a novel over the last decade and I think publication... Continue Reading →

Water of Life

Back in 2017 we searched for a particular mural in Dunedin which I'd seen a photo of in the local paper but we didn't find it. We'd avoided the end of an unwelcoming alley - I think there'd been an unfriendly person/dog pair there. Of course, that's exactly where the mural turned out to be... Continue Reading →

The Big Picture

Tui mural on the wall of a Dunedin carpark in a commercial part of Dunedin City, New Zealand. The tui is a native songbird, endemic to New Zealand. Very assertive bird and flies like a rocket. For more information and photos, Wendy from the North Island has done excellent tui posts:  tui feasting on kowhai... Continue Reading →

Hints of Colour

Photos showing small parts of a larger work. In my next post I'll extend the coverage. We took these photos on Christmas Day in Dunedin, New Zealand. Probably the only day we could guarantee no cars in the carpark! Second photo taken by Nigel, others by Liz. Text by Liz, photos by Liz and Nigel;... Continue Reading →

Incantation Again

Here's most of the detail photos we took of the huge 8m x 3.5m canvas artwork that I showed you inside James Robinson's home studio at Port Chalmers, and also a link back to that post:  Edgeland Teleprompter Incantation. The gigantic work is a tribute to current NZ poet laureate David Eggleton. Port Chalmers, Dunedin,... Continue Reading →

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