Some Tough Characters in Alexandra

The characters I'm introducing to you today are tough plants. They tough it out in a dry climate that's hot in summer and cold in winter, and most of them you'd be just as likely to call weeds. But I find it interesting how they thrive in such a dry, barren, rocky environment. And when... Continue Reading →


Arid Alexandra in Central Otago

Our journey home from Wanaka didn't start till late in the day and when we got to Alexandra I suggested to Nigel that we break the journey there and take a motel for the night. The next morning after breakfast we drove to a lookout high above the town to take in the scenery. Central... Continue Reading →

Make Hay While The Sun Shines

These hay-field shots are taken from the same location as the earlier Hey Hey Hey images but this time by Liz, offering views of the wider landscape and surrounds (on our way from Balclutha to Gore on Monday afternoon 05 March). ** Click twice on any photo to see full-size ** The following photos were... Continue Reading →

Hey, hey, hey !

Large fields of round hay bales. I couldn't take my eyes off the beautiful scene. We were driving from Gore to Balclutha on Monday morning; the weather was dismal but the harvest scene was stunning. I told Nigel that I'd love to photograph the scene for a blog post and title it "Hey, hey hey... Continue Reading →

Hedge partially erased by fog near Balfour in Southland, New Zealand. Taken during a morning drive from Gore to Lumsden. Photo taken by Nigel Sat 03 Mar 2018.

2018 Is A New Canvas

After me taking such a long break from blogging you probably all thought I'd never come back! Judging from the number of followers it looks like you've had the faith to stick around and I thank you so much for that.  The WordPress community has been very, very good to me and I've missed you... 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

Christmas Snow

Christmas in New Zealand is in summer so I've been really enjoying photos posted by those of you overseas who have had early, or even rare, snowfalls. So I've put together a Christmas Snow post to celebrate and share your lovely snow photos that I've enjoyed so much. All photos used with permission. My leading... Continue Reading →

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 →

Five Eyes: Mark Berkery (Spiders)

Fortunately I'd already asked Mark Berkery if I could choose five of his photos for another Five Eyes post because this morning my laptop bombed and my photos that I had ready for daily posts are irretrievable. No more posts about Dot's castle and her gardens (for now anyway). I started searching Mark's blog -... Continue Reading →

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