Art Deco Beauties in Bluff (1)

Art Deco beauties in Bluff? You bet! This little fishing community down south, port town for Southland, has some fabulous art deco commercial buildings in the main street and they're beauties! The colour scheme is 'interesting' but that's as it should be in this port town. Never a dull moment! We visited Bluff on Tues... Continue Reading →

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Faded Fantasy

When wandering around Dunedin on 21 May 2018, I came across this rather faded looking mural on a wall facing the Scenic Circle Southern Cross Hotel carpark, just off High Street. It didn't make much sense to me and I found it a puzzling artwork. I did a search and found it was painted in... Continue Reading →

Colourful Creation

This surely has to be one of the most beautiful shipping containers in the world! Flora and fauna in extravagant colours and patterns adorn the whole side of the container. Its a flamboyant fantasy; a vivid and vibrant paradise of recognisable creatures flaunting unearthly colours among psychedelic foliage. The container sits immediately outside The Pantry... Continue Reading →

Peeking Into The Pantry

The Pantry is a social enterprise opened by South Alive in 2017; retail shop that sells wholefoods and specialty groceries and also has a lovely little cafe and community kitchen. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, and its very clean and organised. Located behind South City Mall in Invercargill (used to be Bin Inn). The... Continue Reading →

Colour My Community: Part One

A passionate group of people in South Invercargill have been working hard over the last few years planning, designing, fundraising and project managing a community hub to bring life and vitality to a tired, dreary part of town that I've never previously wanted to stop at or visit. That's changed! On the morning of Saturday... Continue Reading →

Nigel Making Plans For Spaces

An article newly published in Business South about my husband Nigel’s work as a Landscape Architect and his company Growplan – if you're interested you can read it by clicking on the link below which will open up a PDF of the article. Nigel – happy making plans for spaces | by Richard Loader businesssouth... Continue Reading →

Crown Roller Mills, Dunedin NZ

Starting life in 1867 as a steam-driven flour mill with three stories and platform for a fourth, the Crown Roller Mills were extended in 1878 and then achieved five stories in 1890. It was in use until 1997 when then owner Goodman Fielder shifted their production elsewhere. It has since been converted into apartments and... Continue Reading →

Bell Tea Corner, Dunedin NZ

On the corner of Hope and Carroll Streets stands a very distinctive industrial building with a bell on top. This is the Bell Tea Company which produced tea for the South Island until 2014. Sadly the owner had to abandon tea production here when it was found to be too costly to upgrade the building... Continue Reading →

Cartoon Surrealism

While wandering in Dunedin on Monday 21 May, I came across this mural when I looked into a carpark that's opposite Taste Nature in High Street. From the signature I found that its a 2018 mural and from an Otago Daily Times article I found that it was done in February. The artist, Jacob Yikes,... Continue Reading →

Brightly coloured seat painted in a rainbow of colours, Princes Street, Dunedin, New Zealand. Taken by Liz on Monday 21 May, 2018

Heads Up!

Walking back along Princes Street to the Octagon (city centre), I passed by Victorian-era Wains Hotel and glancing up I caught sight of the wonderful mythological heads looking down at me. I noticed two pairs of heads and they are really impressive so I stopped to take some photos for this blog. Wains Hotel in... Continue Reading →

Pro-Creation: New Photographic Work

On Monday 21 May we went to Dunedin and I had a wander around while Nigel attended to some business. I found the 'Pro-Creation' exhibition open at the Community Gallery on Princes Street and enjoyed the photographic work on display by Clive Copeman, Graham Warman, Alan Dove and Derek Morrison. This exhibition will be open... Continue Reading →

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