Chipping Away

Today's been a good day. Cut Above Tree Services arrived to cut some bigger trees on our property down to size. Our primary problem was an overgrown golden macrocarpa claiming too much space and dominating our frontage. Connor and Matt dealt decisively with this and other concerns and, bonus, they were relaxed about us taking... Continue Reading →

Azalea | Rhododendron ‘Cecile’

Amazing Azalea! Yesterday at Blue Mountain Nurseries in Tapanui, West Otago. New Zealand. Deciduous azalea bred by Lionel de Rothschild, founder of Exbury Gardens (England), registered in 1947. Awarded Rhododendron of the Year in 2007 from the American Rhododendron Society. ~ fyi good plant info page at Missouri Botanical Garden Text and photos by Liz;... Continue Reading →

Winters Clingy

Pear blossom at our place in Tapanui, West Otago. First two pics taken Sunday 02 Oct, afternoon and sunset. That was a lovely Spring day. Snowy pic taken this morning, 05 October. We had a pretty heavy snow shower this morning and the street landscape is looking like a christmas card scene. New Zealand. Text... Continue Reading →

Church Cherry

Sunday here in New Zealand so I'm posting my church and cherry blossom photos I took at sunset yesterday here in Tapanui, further along our street. West Otago, New Zealand.

Robes of Purest White

As mentioned in Plum Pigeon, we have a native-pigeon-couple spending courting time in our blossoming plum tree. Late on 11th September I noted their presence in the tree and managed to get out there with my cellphone camera. Today while considering this post I decided to search for poems about the New Zealand Pigeon and... Continue Reading →

Lovely On A Good Day

Spring in Tapanui on a fine weather day, 11th September ~but today we're back to winter; snowed on the hill. Spring's fickle! West Otago, New Zealand.

Plum Pigeon

After our chilly start to spring (cold wind, rain, sleet and snow) September 8th was much better, a gloriously fine day and I lost no time getting a load of washing 'done and hung'. End-of-day I trudged out to the line to get the washing, enjoying the melodious sounds of tūī song as I filled... Continue Reading →

Blossom On Blue

Local blossom on a beautiful blue sky day, 09 Oct 2021. Very unlike today which was grey and the wind outside's been a roaring, raging, rampaging, whistling, even screaming, Fury. It's winter in NZ, and I can't wait for spring! The yellow is our native kōwhai. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Street tree. Kōwhai (Sophora... Continue Reading →

Stirrings

The Uvalde shooting ‘stirred something’ in him. So he gave up his gun. A touching article.. I read it earlier today, from the Washington Post:“He looked like my grandson. I mean, they could have been twins. They have the same face,” Small said, his voice shaky with emotion. “It just stirred something in me.” What... Continue Reading →

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