Bluffing

Here's a few photos Nigel took last weekend in Bluff, a little port town way down the south end of the South Island of New Zealand. The weather was really wintry and we spent most of the time hunkered down by the fire in our apartment. It was cold, rainy, and I heard hard hail... Continue Reading →

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Cow, Dragons in Tapanui

Cow letterbox, next to the white "anchored" property of my last post. Later we visited the print shop in town and I photographed dragons. In Tapanui dragons have more meaning than what you might imagine. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand A few years ago, Tapanui became the American town of Millhaven in the movie Pete's... Continue Reading →

Yellow-eyed Penguins (NZ endemic)

The yellow-eyed penguin or hoiho is endemic to New Zealand and much effort is put into trying to look after and protect those that are left - their conservation status is Threatened - Nationally Endangered which means they are facing high risk of extinction in the short term. One bright winter's day in Dunedin we... Continue Reading →

Walking Distance

Unusually nice day on Saturday for a winter weekend. After visiting our local cafe we did a loop walk around part of town and enjoyed the bright landscape - nice change from all the grey we've had over the last few weeks. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand -- photos taken by Nigel Walking along a... Continue Reading →

Ropeable

ropeable [Adjective] 1. Able to be roped and so restrained. 2. (Australia, New Zealand) Angry to the point of needing to be restrained from violent action. -- Photos taken at Bluff (a port town) this afternoon. -- south coast of the South Island, near Invercargill. Southland, New Zealand We drove to Bluff and enjoyed lunch... Continue Reading →

Dawn Light(s). Frosty pink and blue dawn this morning. Colourful lights glowing on the town tree. Moon. We were walking to the cafe down the street and Nigel took this shot.

Shifting Samson

The West Otago Vintage Museum is just up the road from us and there's some interesting goings-on at times. One day we heard a loud clattering noise and a quick look outside made us curious about the tractor machinations in progress. I gave chase while Nigel got some shots from our driveway. Tapanui, West Otago,... Continue Reading →

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 →

Transition

This large bare 1320m section is a block or two up the street from us in Tapanui. I know nothing about its destiny or why the simple house that used to be there is gone. We walked past a few days ago on a beautiful sunny day (cloudy, grey and overcast since). I was drawn... Continue Reading →

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