Stark Difference

When the gold miners arrived in Central Otago in the 1860s they didn't bat an eyelid at radically and massively transforming the environment. The initial influx of individuals and small groups gave way to larger operations that harnessed the power of water to obliterate large parts of the landscape. They extracted relatively small amounts of... Continue Reading →

Old Orchard

Historic orchard remnant, pear and apricot trees. Planted early-1900s at a small community that grew in the 1860s with the arrival of gold miners and hydraulic sluicing. Stewart Town.. accessed via a walk through 'badlands'-type landscape, a large terrace destroyed and shaped by sluicing and related activities. Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand 31 October. ~first... Continue Reading →

Smiley Face Pansies

Smiley-face design in a garden bed of pansies. Yellow pansy faces with blue pansy eyes and smiles! This is a very large round garden bed that serves like a pedestrian round-about or traffic circle. The pansies inhabit a wide outer edge, immediately outside of a neatly trimmed low box hedge. 29 Oct. Alexandra public garden,... Continue Reading →

Mountain Views

Same mountain range but each photo taken from a different road. Spring in Central Otago, New Zealand. Pre-birthday road trip, 30 October 2022

The Little Stone Church

The first church featured below had St Andrew's | "The Little Stone Church" printed on its sign board. The second stone church was located very near. Neither were open to enter but they were lovely to look at from the outside. I found them while walking to Old Cromwell Town, an historic precinct.. both churches... Continue Reading →

Favourite Finds

Favourite finds today, wandering around Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand. 1. "Annabelle" 2. Kiwi wind vane 3. Doggy welcome 4. Door (Anglican church)

Angel Iris

Irises along a fence, private property in Roxburgh. Central Otago, New Zealand. 29 Oct. By me, except 3rd pic with lots of buds taken by Nigel.

Birthday Fun

Birthday fun yesterday.. a trek through thyme-strewn Bannockburn sluicings to Stewart Town where the old stone house also boasts an old orchard +lilac bush! The first pic also has California poppies. And earlier, I'd enjoyed a whirl on this twirly thing in a Cromwell playground. Central Otago, New Zealand.

Decision Thyme

Gold miners massively transformed Central Otago, building incredible water systems to sluice hill faces and access gold. We did a wonderful walk today at Bannockburn, through the sluicings to Stewart Town. And wild thyme is everywhere.. Decision Thyme! New Zealand.

Way To Go

East Roxburgh, Central Otago, New Zealand. Three photos taken while we were wandering along Commissioners Track, and I spotted the windsock as we headed toward Millers Flat. 09 Oct 2022.

Daffodil Legacy

Hart’s Black Horse Brewery closed in 1923 and little but ruins remain today but.. there's daffodils! Starting in 1895, the Hart family planted thousands of specially-imported daffodil bulbs. This afternoon we drove to Weatherstons near the rural town of Lawrence and spent an hour wandering around the property. Afterward we visited the wonderful corner dairy... Continue Reading →

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