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 →


Wyndham Windmill (and more)

Leaving Wyndham, we decided to take the Wyndham - Mataura route and I'd completely forgotten about Windmill Corner! Nigel stopped for me to take a quick shot or two. [This blog-post continues yesterday's post]. Here are some photos taken back in town before we left: first up, my photo of the Four Square supermarket in... Continue Reading →

What’s it like in Wyndham?

Wyndham is a rural village in Southland that I've always had a bit of a soft spot for. When we lived in The Catlins we often stopped at the dairy in Wyndham for a burger. They did great burgers and it was a convenient place to stop and have refreshments when going on a drive.... Continue Reading →

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 →

Agricultural Show at Wanaka 2018

Very early on Friday morning we drove to Wanaka so that Nigel could exhibit at the Wanaka A&P Show, 9th and 10th March. He had a tent site to publicise his work as a landscape architect (through his company Growplan). He particularly wanted to let farmers know about the design services he offers in regard... 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 →

Rustic Little Country Barn

This is a favourite barn of mine. Hadn't seen it for ages until we went from Gore to Lumsden on Sun 04 March. The barn is at Balfour. I love its simple shape and the view with the green silo at one end. The plants in the foreground are New Zealand flax. The first photo... 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 →

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.

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