Evergreen

The bird aviaries and the Australia plant collection share the same general area at Dunedin Botanic Garden, they're always fun to visit. Among the bird mix are various Australian cockatoos, and macaws; the noise can be pretty raucous! Dunedin, New Zealand. Visited 29 A

Have A Heart

This lovely photo grabbed my attention on Twitter yesterday. I retweeted it and then thought I'd like to share it on my blog. The photographer (Norfolk, UK) was very kind and also sent me another version. Below is the original phone image I saw on Twitter followed by a more recent camera photo. Click on... Continue Reading →

Truth and Freedom

This reflection by Bishop Jake Owensby (Western Louisiana) was published at his blog 15 January, titled: The Truth that Sets Us Free and I'm reposting in full for my Sunday post, with Jake's permission. It helps me glimpse a positive way forward despite the deeply disturbing events in DC and tensions in the US. Jake's... Continue Reading →

Time For Tea

In Dunedin this morning we exited the public library to find rain had set in so we quickly made our way to Nova Cafe in the Octagon. This is a great place to get a decent pot of tea. New Zealand. Tea for me is serious business ... Nigel was chief-of-the-teapot but he had camera... Continue Reading →

We Can Do This, Again

Community transmission has raised its ugly head and New Zealand no longer enjoys Level 1 freedom. Auckland has gone to Level 3 and the rest of the country is now Level 2 - for the next 12 days anyway. I've seen absolute nonsense written about our situation here. Don't believe trash reports about our fascist... 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 →

The Way of Love

The Way of Love ain't easy [pause]. Love isn't warm fuzzies, rosy specs and feet barely touching the ground. Love's more than sympathy, it's grounded and sacrificial. I was touched by this account of two women from the Episcopal Church who were showing kindness to protesters on the patio of St. John’s Episcopal Church in... Continue Reading →

NZ-Irish Connections

We have a lot in common you know, New Zealand and the Irish. Each year the Skytower in Auckland is lit green for St Patricks Day and people dress green in honour of the occasion. We have a good many 'Irish Pubs' as well.. I've no idea how authentic they are but they get the... Continue Reading →

Liebster Award

Lovely surprise last night when I visited  Confessions of a Doctor to be  and found Helen Qin had nominated me for a Liebster Award. I couldn't help feeling flattered to be first on the list .. thanks Helen! Helen is a final year medical student at the University of Melbourne in Australia and regularly writes... Continue Reading →

Not Forgotten

I haven't been able to keep up with all the photos we've taken this year so I've got an 'archive'. I took this photo of young pine trees at Queens Park in Invercargill on 24 February and it seems the best fit for my post today, beautiful fresh young trees with lots of life in... Continue Reading →

Flocks of Mowers

During a walk at the end of March we were excited to find two species of mowers resident at our local golf course. The white species are commonly seen throughout New Zealand either individually or in flocks. The dark species are usually solitary and require shelter. Viewing flocks of both species in close proximity is... Continue Reading →

Flowers are …

Gram loved all flowers and often said that “Flowers are God’s love made visible.” The comment above was shared on a recent flower post of mine, from my dear American blog-friend Ellen ('Gem') who's a grandmother herself and visits some of your blogs as well. She always has the right words! Ellen doesn't have her... Continue Reading →

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