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 →

Oamaru Thistle Sign

While walking down an Oamaru street we noticed an attractive "thistle" sign above an office building. I was interested in what the shadow would be like and asked Nigel if he would please photograph it in addition to me because he had his Olympus Digital camera and would capture more detail at a distance than... Continue Reading →

Which Way: Oamaru Railway

My introduction to Oamaru starts from an unlikely place, the old railway station. Others would no doubt start with the whitestone buildings, the Victorian precinct, the penguins, steampunk. But I want to start from the sea alongside which the railroad runs, boundary between town and seafront. This area feels forgotten, situated at the "back" of... Continue Reading →

Which Way: Oamaru

We were in Oamaru on the evening of 21 January and visited the lookout area. To my surprise I found that the world locations signpost had a wind vane on top. Oamaru is on the east coast of the South Island, about an hour and a half drive north of Dunedin. For:  Weather Vane Wednesday... Continue Reading →

Which Way: Grumpy Ostrich

We were at Maple Glen Gardens on 26 January 2019. Maple Glen is a beautiful private garden at Glenham, near Wyndham in Southland New Zealand. Both photos taken by Nigel. For:  Which Way Challenge - 31 January, 2019 Two routes; lawn trails at Maple Glen Gardens. The sign in the following photo reads: The Ostrich... Continue Reading →

Which Way: Potatoes

We were driving home to Gore via a country road on 12 January when some strange characters at the roadside had me urging Nigel to turn around so I could take a closer look. This farmer sells potatoes during Christmas / New Year and has a unique way of getting motorists' attention. For:  Which Way... Continue Reading →

All About Love

In yesterday's post I shared my impressions of Musselburgh and mentioned more shops to come. This block, same side as the dentist, is a mixed bunch. Imperial Barber Shop offering "traditional cuts", Simply Flowers florist shop, and the fish shop on the corner. The flower shop took centre-stage so let's take a look inside. Musselburgh,... Continue Reading →

Summer Smile

Yesterday was like one big smile. Beautiful summer day, perfect temperature, blue sky. We headed over to Tapanui and then continued to Roxburgh in Central Otago via Moa Flat, a favourite route for us. At Roxburgh we looked in on a book and white elephant sale. I picked up a book for 40 cents and... Continue Reading →

Clock Tower At Night

Gore has a clock tower and Nigel took these photos on Friday night when we left home after seeing there was a lovely full moon in the evening sky. The clock chimes the hours and its only in the last couple of days that I've noticed I can hear the chimes from home, possibly because... Continue Reading →

Something Fishy

This giant trout occupies a prominent position near the highway as you drive into Gore from the north. To be honest, in the light of day I haven't been that impressed by the fish. As we returned home last night after driving around admiring the beauty of a full moon, I found the illuminated trout... Continue Reading →

Which Way Postie

This morning we took a walk from home down to the Mataura River to see the river in flood. We've had almost endless rain since Sunday night until we woke up this morning (Wednesday) to find it had stopped. We were walking across the bridge and had neared the other side when I glanced down... Continue Reading →

Finding the Light

When we were at Bluff on 13 Nov I wanted to take a look at the Stirling Point Lighthouse, one of the many navigation markers for ships. We parked where the tar-seal ends and then walked down the gravel no-exit lane to find the lighthouse. We've only seen it from a distance before. Southland, New... Continue Reading →

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