RedRobin Cafe

Without question this is the best boutique cafe that we've ever been to. Robin Stock the owner has been in New Zealand for over 20 years, well-travelled (has been a mural painter) and hails from London/Sussex (UK). This tiny cafe is in North Oamaru and Robin offers a hearty welcome, banter, and delicious food and... Continue Reading →

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I Go Weak

Admiring this brilliant photo by Steve Gingold I pondered the words for my title. I'd found the photo on his blog, requested permission, got a prompt response, and wanted to publish. I considered Silent Admiration (my response when I first saw the photo) but it seemed too ho-hum. I focused on the beauty of colour... Continue Reading →

Colourful rose hips and poplar tree foliage at Gorge Creek near Fruitlands in autumn. Central Otago, New Zealand.

Curly Tale of a Lady-Pig

Once upon a time a couple went to Invercargill on a Saturday outing. After chilling out in a city cafe for hours they walked back to their car on a back street. Looking through a high office window the lady got quite animated - she'd spotted a plump pig with a ladybird bottom on the... Continue Reading →

Momentous

Yes.. I was back in The Frost Pot this afternoon. Roxburgh, Central Otago, New Zealand. Blackcurrent and coconut gelato topped with NZ Berry Fusion sorbet. Can't beat it!

The Frost Pot

The Frost Pot is a new food shop in Roxburgh that we visited on a whim as we travelled through the town yesterday, it's only been open for seven weeks. Once inside I found delicious ice-cream offerings including gelato and sorbet. Despite the cold autumn afternoon I decided to try a couple of flavours and... Continue Reading →

Rosa rugosa var. Ventenatia

When we visited Queens Park on March 02, 2019 we found this beautiful rose with a great bounty of rosehips and a prominent flower in bloom. I invited Nigel to also take some photos of the flower - he got a couple of lovely shots, included in this post. This rose garden is devoted to... Continue Reading →

'Erotica' 1968 HT. Queens Park, Invercargill, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 02 March 2019

Ye Olde Missile Launcher

Well, the chimney folded down made me imagine a missile launcher! This steam engine is a particularly colourful and attractive example, the first machine I looked at when we arrived at the Southland Steam Engine Club rally at Brydone near Gore yesterday. Southland, New Zealand It was my understanding that this engine works fine but... Continue Reading →

Wind Vane: Bell Tea

Nigel spotted this wind vane arrow on top of the  Bell Tea  building in Dunedin and took some photos for me, on 13 October 2018 but I never got around to doing the post! The hyperlink on "Bell Tea" links to another post I did about the same building on 28 May 2018. The building... Continue Reading →

Bright Spot, Red

We visited Maple Glen Gardens on 26 January and were both very taken with the showy bright red dahlias. We found the gardens to be particularly colourful at this time of year and the dahlias are especially eye-catching! It was a very windy afternoon and the photography was challenging. Maple Glen is at Glenham, near... Continue Reading →

Flowers of Home

The garden we currently have is "inherited". We moved into our rental house in February this year and we didn't recognise all of the plants so its been interesting to find out what they are. Even with plants we know, its often a mystery what colour the flowers will be until they bloom. We've just... Continue Reading →

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