Life is like a CAMERA

Early March I was in Balclutha wandering around killing time, waiting for Nigel who had business in town. And found this. The kind shopkeeper gave me permission to take a photo (gift shop on the corner near Cafe 55). I really like the words.. do you? Life is like a ... CAMERA Cropped image Here's... Continue Reading →

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Homeless

What if slugs are just snails going through a divorce.. "yep she got the house". On a signboard outside Governor's Cafe in Dunedin, New Zealand on March 05, 2019. I've been waiting for a slug to go with the signboard - this morning I found a very fine slug posted by a WP blogger from... Continue Reading →

Count The Boots

Many cafes and shops in small rural towns have a notice near the entrance requesting that muddy boots be left outside the door. Perhaps this could be a useful indicator of a good cafe! Certainly Top Nosh in Tapanui is deservedly popular and as we left the cafe on Sunday I noticed lots of boots... Continue Reading →

Dunrobin Hall Vane

On our way home to Gore from Central Otago we passed through a tiny rural locality named Dunrobin that has a very weathered public hall. I spotted a small arrow up on the roof. No idea if it still works but surely it's intended as a wind vane! For:   Weather Vane Wednesday Challenge - March... Continue Reading →

Waipapa Point, Ways

This is one of the last wooden lighthouses built in New Zealand, first lit on January 01, 1884. It still does its job but the light has been automated since 1975. For photos of the lighthouse itself see my recent post  Waipapa Point Lighthouse. As mentioned in that post you can walk to the lighthouse... Continue Reading →

Country Pumpkin

Coming home from Oamaru, its a long drive. We'd come through via Palmerston and Central Otago, stopped for a mob of sheep and then for refreshments at Omakau. We were almost out of Central Otago when I thought it would be nice to get some fruit. Peirce Orchard loomed before me and instead of the... Continue Reading →

Victorian Sweet Shop

Oamaru, East Otago, New Zealand. This beautiful sweet shop is in the Victorian Precinct where the whitestone buildings are (i.e. built with Oamaru Stone). I went inside and chose various kinds of lollies and they were all wonderful. I like licorice and aniseed so most of the lollies I chose had either or both of... Continue Reading →

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 →

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