Tapanui Community

I took these photos 30 March 2020 when New Zealand was in early Level 4 lockdown for Covid, we were one month into the autumn season. Nigel and I had taken a Monday exercise walk, finding our way to the town rugby fields and then wandering back via the golf course. Tapanui, West Otago, New... Continue Reading →

Oh The Glow!

Golden foliage trees make a colourful splash in the landscape during winter when there's not much else to brighten the scene. These photos were taken by Nigel about a month ago when we went for a local walk. It was when daffodils were in bud but hardly any had opened. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.... Continue Reading →

Roxburgh in the Teviot Valley

Now we live in Tapanui it's not far to drive to Roxburgh in Central Otago, an inland rural town we're fond of (wouldn't mind living there). It's right by the Clutha River and the town is surrounded by farms and orchards. There's also a hydro dam at East Roxburgh (its 60th anniversary was in 2016).... Continue Reading →

Kelso Stories

My final Kelso post is the stories and photos displayed on the information signs beside the flood monument. The first photo is just a header, the others I've saved larger than usual - click on them till you have the full enlargement (usually 2x clicks). Kelso, West Otago, New Zealand - a town abandoned due... Continue Reading →

Kelso Flood Monument

Kelso 1865 - 1980. This monument erected on the former site of Wrightson N.M.A. Commemorates the township of Kelso. Finally destroyed by the 1980 flood. [Pomahaka River]. West Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken by Nigel 26 July 2020. Click on any photo to enlarge The highest point of the bars denote the flood levels. Text... Continue Reading →

Kelso Railway Goods Shed

Where the town of Kelso was... is now just a long grassy flat with the old railway goods shed still standing in the field. This is my second post about Kelso, a town abandoned due to repeated flooding, with especially big floods occurring in 1978 and 1980.  First post: Kelso - the Town that Was.... Continue Reading →

Kelso – the Town that Was

I recently posted a photo taken by Nigel of sheep by the Pomahaka River and I received a comment from Steve Schwartzman (Austin, Texas) saying: From Wikipedia I learned the following about the Pomahaka River: “Major flooding of the Pomahaka in 1978 led to the relocation of the town of Kelso and caused damage severe... Continue Reading →

Oamaru Directions

My last three photos from Oamaru, taken 24 July 2020. Waitaki District, New Zealand 1. Signpost of things to see - what to do in Oamaru! 2 and 3. The Victorian Rail Overbridge. Click on any photo to enlarge Overbridge route to town. Looking back toward the sea. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour... Continue Reading →

Round Oamaru

Some photos taken by me 'round Oamaru on Friday 24 July 2020. Oamaru, Waitaki District, New Zealand. 1. Native plant bursting through 'porthole' in steel fence (fence visible in photo 4). 2. My wonderful hot chocolate at Steam cafe. 3. Railway that crosses the main street, then curves round to the seafront. 4. Miniature streets... Continue Reading →

Custom House, Oamaru

After seeing  the gull  on Friday morning I explored the waterfront area a bit and then wandered toward the  Victorian Precinct  - an historic area of 'whitestone' buildings (locally quarried limestone) with art galleries, traditional crafts, second-hand bookshops, boutique breweries, food outlets and clothing shops. I was rounding the corner into the street and found... Continue Reading →

Well Mannered Gull

It was Friday midday and I was down the waterfront at Oamaru killing time while Nigel had a work-related meeting in a cafe in town. I got out my Panasonic Lumix camera to take a photo of the sea when I saw that this gull further down the railing was sidling quickly toward me along... Continue Reading →

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