Maple Glen is a beautiful 45-acre private garden in the rural countryside of Southland, about a 30-minute drive from where we live in Gore. Its a huge, multi-featured garden that's open all year and personally developed and maintained by the owners. Muriel Davison created the garden from a bare paddock and at their website she's... Continue Reading →
On Monday when we were in Dunedin I asked Nigel to take me to the Otago Art Society Annual Exhibition. As always there was a wonderful variety of art on display but this was my favourite. This is a watercolour by Doug Hart simply called Whale Rider. ** Click on the photo to enlarge **... Continue Reading →
Yesterday I introduced you to a very bright and colourful community garden in South Invercargill that looks great any time of year. We saw a view that included the new community centre and shop where an 'Open Day' was taking place. I'd like to take you a bit closer to the action - its all... Continue Reading →
Rock Face (do you see the face?) - Looks like an aristocratic man's face to me, in profile with nose toward the power pole. Lawyer's head? What do you see? Taken by Liz at Butchers Dam near Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand, Sat 02 June 2018.
Waterblast art on a concrete wall in Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. Nigel found and photographed this in early March 2018.
I found this lovely oil painting on display at Dunedin Public Art Gallery when I visited on Monday 21 May 2018. The girl is blowing on a dandelion seed-head in time-honoured fashion to determine whether she is loved or not. The painter is Carlo Eduardo Perugini and he was born in Naples but moved to... Continue Reading →
When I was in Dunedin on Monday 21 May I paid a short visit to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and looked at part of the 'World View' exhibition. Starting with 'Australia' I found that Ned Kelly was featured in two of the paintings on display, both by Sidney Nolan (Australian painter, 1917 - 1992).... Continue Reading →
Sunday 13 May. Dying to get out of foggy, grey, cloudy Gore; decision at 2.20pm to drive to Tapanui hoping to find (a) Top Nosh still open and (b) warm, bright sunshine. Arrive Tapanui: Top Nosh still open [we were only in the nick of time] AND warm, bright sunshine So we sat down in... Continue Reading →
Travelling back home from Central Otago we were in need of refreshments. We'd already driven Clyde to Hawea in the early morning and then found that Hawea was seriously lacking anything that resembled a cosy cafe with an ounce of ambience. Nigel had visited a prospective client in the morning and we faced a long... Continue Reading →
We haven't done any walking tracks for ages but Sunday afternoon 22 April we headed out from Gore in the direction of Dolamore Park and made a spur-of-the-moment decision to try the Whisky Creek track. This track offered an interesting variety of native flora and was pretty typical of what you expect when walking a... Continue Reading →
There were six horse teams at the National Ploughing Championships at Thornbury, Southland, New Zealand. These are the four horse teams that I haven't yet featured in my posts. Photos taken when we attended on Saturday 14 April. Two-Horse team resting. The ploughman has left for a short break. The Six-Horse team has finished a... Continue Reading →
Near the horse ploughing was the vintage ploughing. Here's a selection of shots from the vintage ploughing plus a couple of modern tractors that were in the static display. National Ploughing Championships 2018 at Thornbury, Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken Saturday 14 April 2018. John Deere tractor from the static display The tractor ploughmen were... Continue Reading →