More Alstroemeria

Here's two other Alstroemeria flower colours that I admired when we visited Dunedin Botanic Gardens on 08 Dec 2019. These flowers en masse are so bright that they really stand out from everything around them. "More" in the title of this post refers to the photos I've already posted of gorgeous pink Alstroemeria taken during... Continue Reading →

Great Shape

I was enthralled with this plant when I came across it in the South African area of Dunedin Botanic Garden. The name of it is Crinum bulbispermum or Orange River lily. Initially the flower attracted me but then also the form of the foliage. In the second photo the form of the flowers, buds and... Continue Reading →

Swan Island

I call this Swan Island because we normally can't cross the bridge to this little island on account of the swans liking to nest there and we're so used to  them guarding it  that we usually don't venture near. On this day however we knew the swans were distant and their cygnets well-grown so we... Continue Reading →

Crawling With Ladybirds

Some time ago Nigel spotted this red car in Dunedin and it's a beauty! The guy on the left is legging it.. ladybird phobia, I wonder? Nigel's take: reluctantly using his wife's car and it's like ... SHAME !!!  Any other ideas? (apart from 'he wants to get out of the photo') To enlarge a... Continue Reading →

Nandina (heavenly bamboo)

Early Spring 2019, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 05 Sept, Oamaru Gardens. Very interesting blog about Nandina:  Heavenly Bamboo is a graceful shrub... Text by Liz and photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2019)

Colourful Fountain in Oamaru

We were in Oamaru on Thursday 05 September and had enjoyed an early evening stroll in the public gardens. Then we went on to  The Last Post pub/restaurant  for dinner where I was told the fountain in the gardens is a coloured fountain at night. We drove back to the gardens and sure enough the... Continue Reading →

A Walk Up The Street

Lovely day today in Tapanui. Around 5pm I took a walk up the street to see if anything might catch my eye in the late afternoon sunshine. Here's what I found. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Taken 28 Aug 2019 (late winter/early spring). This variegated holly brightened up cold grey winter days - near and... Continue Reading →

Questions, few answers

Street trees ablaze with immense profusion of red crabapples, their fiery effect stunning in the bare winter landscape of Alexandra, Central Otago. Taken late in the day with the sun about to disappear, 08 Aug 2019. New Zealand. Earlier today, Jane Dougherty pondered weighty questions in her poem Questions, few answers. I invite you to... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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