Temple of Flora

In my original photo the word Digitalis is faintly visible on the base of this model foxglove, one of a collection of Brendel Models included in the Hocken Library exhibition A Garden of Earthly Delights which runs until 11 August 2019 in Dunedin, New Zealand. The models were acquired in the late 1880s and were... Continue Reading →

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Peace and Quiet

The cafe in Tuatara Lodge, Invercargill is my go-to place to sit down with good food, a hot drink and just chill out and forget about everything else. Yesterday (Saturday) I sat down to enjoy one of my favourite comfort foods - savoury mince on toast - which they do really well. Later I had... Continue Reading →

Seafaring Butterfly

This unusual photo of a butterfly flying over water captured my imagination. As soon as I saw it on Sunday evening I felt compelled to write a poem so this wannabe poet swung into action, spending two or three hours labouring over the words to express my feelings about the scene. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail flying... Continue Reading →

Shades of Blue

Blue is commonly associated with sadness yet I've noticed that many bloggers will respond to a photo of beautiful blue flowers by enthusiastically proclaiming that blue is their favourite colour! Here is a stunning watercolour painting of blue irises recently posted on her blog by Jodi McKinney and used here with Jodi's permission. Aren't they... Continue Reading →

Art at the Dentist

My sweet tooth adores fudge and Wednesday afternoon, for the first time in ages, I bought some maple and walnut fudge. We went home and had a cup of tea, along with a toffee pop biscuit. Crunch.. what is the hard bit? Oh no, part of a tooth on my upper-right had completely broken off... Continue Reading →

Once in a Blue Moo

Dairy cow like no other - this floating friendly friesian and amusing poem are from North Island blogger Maureen Sudlow who blogs at  kiwissoar  :  flights of fancy from New Zealand.  With Maureen's permission I'm re-posting her photo and poem, copied from her post of March 28, 2017 BALLOON QUADRILLE -- by Maureen Sudlow Original... Continue Reading →

Beyond Comprehension

The following words touched me deeply, written yesterday morning by Wendy who lives in the rural North Island, New Zealand and shared via her blog last night. I invite you to read and reflect. The photo was taken yesterday when Nigel and I spent time together on a road verge, taking photos on his cellphone.... Continue Reading →

Ten In Heart and Ten In Tide

for time to tend.  Wow! Damien has written a SECOND poem inspired by Nigel's fab photos of the St Clair's Piles, St Clair Beach, Dunedin. This post's title and first line are favourite lines of mine from his poem referring to the ten piles seen in the photo below, relics from an old groyne nearly... Continue Reading →

A Different View

THE BREAKING OF THE BLUE. Poem by Damien B. Donnelly. Last week I invited Damien to write a poem using Nigel's photo of the St Clair's Piles as inspiration. I knew Damien was flying out from Paris the next day on a much anticipated holiday and that he just might "write in-flight". He very kindly... Continue Reading →

Survivors: Poem

I've been working on this poem since Nigel came home with the beautiful sunset photos he took at St Clair in Dunedin. The St Clair's piles date back to 1921 and are remnants of a double-row of posts that with the addition of planks formed a groyne to retain sand. Apparently southerly seas took sand... Continue Reading →

Waikaia Poem

Yesterday afternoon after an art gallery event in Gore, we made a spur-of-the-moment decision to drive to Waikaia for pizza in the pub rather than return to our too-warm home in Gore (height of summer here in New Zealand). The photos here were all taken yesterday and I'm also presenting a Waikaia poem by Kay... Continue Reading →

Hunger is Not a Harbour

"I was leaving Amsterdam and moving back to Paris, having been in London before that, Paris even before that and years before Ireland so there was this questioning of why don’t I stay put, what was the attraction of the next step, had I really carved my footprint into where I was before looking out... Continue Reading →

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