Wild Bright Blooms

These photos of beloved Central Otago wildflowers were taken on my birthday trip on 31 October (spring in New Zealand). We'd stopped on the roadside near Cromwell to take a closer look at them. The bridge in the 2nd pic provides access to the town of Cromwell, and the route carries on to the Queenstown... Continue Reading →

Have you heard?

A poem/story. The verses accompany bird photos taken when we visited Maple Glen Garden on Sunday, 03 October [Southland, New Zealand]. The idea was inspired by Jake Owensby on twitter this morning telling how his wife Joy in a wordplay duel had coined “Poultrygeist.” It caught my imagination and after checking my photos I put... Continue Reading →

Fading Beauty

I'm constantly inspired by the work of a myriad of different writers, photographers, artists, tweeters, and the folk who view and comment. This post is nothing to do with me apart from acting as curator.. Fading Beauty. Credits: Leaf skeleton images.. via twitter, from incidental naturalist @IncNaturalist. I was delighted to find David has an... Continue Reading →

Snow in Idaho

Snow in Idaho, by Steve Denehan. Steve Denehan is an Irish poet, from Kildare. He shared this poem yesterday via twitter, I love it! ~The cacti are from the Winter Garden Glasshouse, cacti and succulents area. Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand.

It Only Takes One

Got your attention? This is one of my favourite roses at Dunedin Botanic Garden; name is 'Wild Cat'. The flowers of 'Wild Cat' were looking stupendous when I visited on 10 April 2021, our autumn. New Zealand. Rose info: Floribunda, Dickson, UK pre 2009. Click on any of the images below to enlarge. Now I'd... Continue Reading →

Fried Egg

A bit of fun today, in response to blog-friend Mike Powell whose posts are full of facts, fun and fabulous fotos! This morning on Facebook I found he'd posted a photo showing the yellow-centre detail of a daisy and he said: "Yesterday morning I spotted this tiny green metallic sweat bee on a Shasta daisy... Continue Reading →

Sam Hunt, Portobello Pub

Had a couple of nights in Dunedin. One highlight was the opportunity to visit a new exhibition at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, an important one but I'll explain why in another post. When it opened to the public on Saturday we attended the introductory talk and then returned again today (Sunday). This painting (below) is... Continue Reading →

A Cover Like No Other

It was love at first sight when I saw the gorgeous cover of Kay's fourth book of poems; my favourite book cover ever. The beautiful face, soulful eyes and bright colours radiate pure joy and wonder that go straight to my heart, satisfying my deepest longings for colour. ~ Upturned, poems by New Zealand writer... Continue Reading →

Upturned Turns Up

Upturned turns up, bright and colourful as ever. My much loved, signed copy, with me at illys Cafe in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. This Sunday I'll share the story of the beautiful cover! Poems by Dunedin writer and poet, Kay McKenzie Cooke. Published by The Cuba Press. New Zealand. About the book. And... Kay... Continue Reading →

Eat the Storms

Irish-NZ postal disruptionsa storm in a teacup.Nigel arrived this eveningproudly bearing'Eat the Storms'.At long last (!) I getto begin the banquet. Eat the Storms --by-- Damien B. Donnelly Damien's blog: Deuxiemepeau Poetry book shop: Eat the Storms the story behind this vibrant and colourful poetry collection Text and photo by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Hello Yellow

Yellow's bright and cheerful. I welcome it, especially now we're in the grey days of winter in New Zealand. I decided it's time to put together another YELLOW post and this one is super-loaded ...enjoy! You can't miss yellow, even if there's only a little bit 🙂 This time I've sourced majorly from Twitter so... Continue Reading →

Upturned – Book Launch

This evening we attended a book launch at University Book Shop in Dunedin for the fourth book of poems by Kay McKenzie Cooke whose poetry I enjoy enormously. Kay is a Dunedin poet who was born and raised in Southland and the book includes poems that specifically relate to places not far from where I... Continue Reading →

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