Gorgeous Gladioli

This beauty is a welcome surprise that I found by the front door a couple of days ago. Photos by Nigel, taken today. (I was holding/steadying the stem!) Click on either photo to enlarge. Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)

Small Keepsakes

After cleaning the stained glass lightshade I dealt with the mantelpiece I've been ignoring for ages! What a great opportunity to share with you some of the things that are special to us 🙂 At home in our Tapanui cottage. New Zealand. This metal poppy art is above the fireplace. We bought it just before... Continue Reading →

Bright and Beautiful

The light in our passage at home died a couple of nights ago. I decided to take down the stained glass lightshade yesterday and give it a clean and got a new light bulb. What a stunning difference! I guess it was already fairly dusty when we moved in because we've never seen the colours... Continue Reading →

Weird Glow

Our town of Tapanui in West Otago, New Zealand was bathed in a weird glow this morning due to smoke drift from the bushfires in Australia. Now at 1.00pm the strange glow has vanished but it's still very smoky toward the Blue Mountains and when we go outside the smell of bushfire smoke is instantly... Continue Reading →

Australia Day

Here in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Strange light all around us, very surreal. This is what we woke up to this morning on the first day of the new year. Sharing a couple of photos that Nigel took this morning. I also took photos but haven't got them off my camera yet. Nigel dubbed... Continue Reading →

Starting Over

Yesterday while still in Dunedin we chose a new camera that I'll be able to start learning how to use. So exciting! To be honest I hate learning anything new but I'd got really frustrated with the lack of detail and poor colour rendition in my basic cellphone camera. This afternoon back home I ventured... Continue Reading →

Sweet Simplicity

What could be more simple than a meal of bread, wine and cheese? Today my American blog friend  Mike Powell  on holiday in Paris, France posted a photo of his meal of whole grain baguette, raw milk goat cheese and bottle of 2019 Beaujolais Nouveau wine. I was slightly envious, then quickly moved to anticipation... Continue Reading →

Local Colour

When we visited the local plant nursery on Saturday we walked from home and photographed some of the colour we found along the way. The first photo is by Nigel and the second by me. The tall conical tree is our native Golden Totara or Podocarpus totara 'aurea' whose foliage takes on a good gold... Continue Reading →

Seaview Sunset

Very keen to show you this beautiful rhododendron that we photographed at our wonderful local plant nursery in Tapanui when we visited on Saturday 19 October. The colour of the blooms is sensational! Blue Mountain Nurseries, Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Rhodo Seaview Sunset Available at Blue Mountain Nurseries, Tapanui. From the sign it appears... Continue Reading →

Sweet Spring

Yesterday morning we walked from our home to our local plant nursery. We'd just left the plant nursery when we spotted a cosy scene complete with very content feline. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. The Contented Cat We spotted the cat sitting in the dappled shade under the elm tree. The yellow blossom to the... Continue Reading →

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