Higher Ground

Iona Church sits above the town of Port Chalmers, Dunedin, New Zealand. "Iona’s 8-day turret clock was installed in 1885 by Littlejohn and Co of Wellington." [...] "Although the time is pretty accurate, strong winds can and have been known to stop the hands, making timekeeping a little harder in the face of a good... 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 →

Jimmy’s Pies in Roxburgh

Roxburgh in Central Otago is the home of Jimmy's Pies. We often eat Jimmy's pies locally, getting them from the pie warmer in the Four Square down the road from where we live in Tapanui. Yesterday we were able buy them from the source - the bakery is based in the small town of Roxburgh.... Continue Reading →

Portable Art Parade

By happy chance we were present for this parade in Port Chalmers, Dunedin on Sunday morning. Children from local schools had created colourful banners which they paraded in procession from the Town Hall to Port Chalmers School. This is an annual event and the theme for this year involved a mythical battle between land and... Continue Reading →

Autumn Meets Spring

We came across these colourful paper lanterns while wandering down the main street in Lawrence on Saturday. I thought they were so beautiful! They were hung at the front of a cafe/bar. Later we returned to enjoy a drink in their outdoor area which had a cheerful display of spring flowers in pots. Lawrence, Otago,... Continue Reading →

Water Blasting

Relics from the goldmining days are commonly on display in Otago and I never get tired of seeing them. The Otago Gold Rush began near Lawrence when Gabriel Read discovered gold at what came to be called Gabriel's Gully, in May 1861. In Lawrence on Saturday I found a fine sluice gun or monitor on... Continue Reading →

A Good Kind Doctor

Dr Ebenezer Halley was only 25 years old when he arrived on the goldfields of Tuapeka. He was destined to virtually kill himself in the service of the people within the next 14 years. Dr Halley was educated in Manchester and London before emigrating to Australia in the late 1850s where he spent a year... 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.

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 →

Colours and Decor

The Frost Pot in Roxburgh, Central Otago, New Zealand. As per my last post, this shop has only been open for seven weeks and was a really nice surprise for us when we visited on Friday 12 April 2019 (NZ autumn). Nigel was a keen photographer this day and did a great job! All photos... Continue Reading →

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