Yesterday as we drove home from Dunedin via Manuka Gorge I recalled some really interesting photos Nigel had taken from a side road in this area. I wondered aloud where that road is and Nigel immediately swerved to turn down the side-road right in front of us! So glad. This site is beautiful in autumn.... Continue Reading →
We took a [very] back country route on our way home today from Dunedin, meandering back to Balclutha from Manuka Gorge via Hillend. We both enjoyed our exploration of the countryside and I loved seeing this old school at Hillend. It has a dual-purpose tennis and netball court and miscellaneous pieces of playground equipment. I... Continue Reading →
Orepuki is a tiny coastal settlement in Western Southland and it's where I took the red tussock photos featured in yesterday's post. Here's the small public domain or park that's nearer the heart of the settlement. Southland, New Zealand. Pics taken 09 January 2021. Click on any photo to enlarge. Fellow kiwi blogger, writer Kay... Continue Reading →
Great cafe and gift shop at Mossburn (which is on the route to Fiordland). When Nigel was over that way for work on 24 November I asked him to check if this place is still open. Still very much open (yay!) and he was able to get refreshments there. Southland, New Zealand. Toad of Bracken... Continue Reading →
The building of this cottage began in the 1880s and was finally completed in 1904. It was built by two brothers with stone masonry techniques learned from their father in the Shetland Islands - John and Andrew Mitchell. According to the information sign, the cottage housed John and Jessie's family of 10 children. Andrew remained... Continue Reading →
The Black Horse brewery opened in 1866 and by all accounts did a very fine brew. The business changed names several times and was eventually bought and closed down by NZ Breweries in 1923. The workers moved to Dunedin and started working for Speight's. Most of this information is from a web page on Weatherstons ... Continue Reading →
Today was a beautiful day to see daffodils at the historic Weatherstons Brewery ruins near Lawrence. Sadly a lady slipped on the daffodil hillside and badly fractured her ankle so the Rescue Helicopter arrived to collect her. New Zealand.
Driving along the Roxburgh East Road through the Teviot Valley, I spotted this gorgeous old stone cottage down below. Nigel stopped so I could get photos. Looking for more information I found a Facebook media-set of photos taken 04 October 2015 and was amazed to find the cottage was just a derelict ruin then! Someone's... Continue Reading →
The historic Daniel O’Connell suspension bridge (1880) crosses the Manuherikia River at Ophir. Central Otago, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 22 Mar 2020.
Bare remains of an old cottage or shelter in a sheep paddock. Another place we pulled off the highway on our return to Roxburgh from Fruitlands. Central Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken by me, 16 Aug 2020. Click on ANY photo to enlarge. In the opposite direction, on the other side of the highway ...... Continue Reading →
Our lovely Sunday afternoon drive (continued). I'd already mentioned that we were heading to Fruitlands, a wonderful scenic and historic area that pre-1915 was named Bald Hill Flat but then renamed Fruitlands in 1915 in recognition of fruit-growing efforts. This was short-lived as it was too cold but the name remains. It's a farming area... Continue Reading →
"On 23 May 1861, in the gully which still bears his name, Read discovered gold, 'shining like the stars in Orion on a dark frosty night.' It was this discovery which revealed the potential of gold in Otago, and thereby initiated the series of discoveries and rushes which were to transform the economic, social and... Continue Reading →