Wild In Lawrence

Saturday evening I saw our PM was to do a Covid announcement at 9pm. That had to be bad so I watched. Auckland immediately into alert Level 3, the rest of NZ into Level 2 ('immediately' is my word but the new alerts took effect from 6am Sunday). Level 2 limits gatherings to 100 people... Continue Reading →

Bracken Hall

Great cafe and gift shop at Mossburn (which is on the route to Fiordland). When Nigel was over that way for work on 24 November I asked him to check if this place is still open. Still very much open (yay!) and he was able to get refreshments there. Southland, New Zealand. Toad of Bracken... Continue Reading →

White Lavender and Roses

Nigel stayed overnight in Wanaka recently and took these photos of a small garden outside his hotel .. the white lavender being of particular interest. The lavender flowers are big, complementing the white roses beautifully. Wanaka is an alpine town on the edge of Lake Wanaka and near to skifields and the stunning Mount Aspiring... 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 →

Waikaia on Saturday

We were in Waikaia on Saturday 13 June, a beautiful sunny winter's day although it was chilly outside of the car. I've already posted twice about Argyle Burn - the first photo was one I took near the burn, out front of a private property, a clear reference to the gold history of the area.... Continue Reading →

London planetrees

In my last post Ap-peeling Bark, Robert Parker mentioned "... it just reminded me of peeling the loose bark, from the London planetrees in front of my grandparents’ house." I love getting personal anecdotes in comment-responses so I thought I'd go with the flow and post some London planetree images from Alexandra in Central Otago,... Continue Reading →

Beware the Blue Dragon

I dared to sit on this blue dragon seat and lived to tell the tale! My BLUE dragon was specially chosen for Ann Mackay (Suffolk UK, although Ann's originally from Scotland). She is the second Liebster Award nominee who's answered my questions! Ann likes blue and purple. She also mentioned a family boat trip along... Continue Reading →

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