Bluff Hill, Southland

When we were in Bluff on 14 August 2018, we drove to the carpark on Bluff Hill and walked up the spiral path to the top of the lookout area. The spiral path is brilliant! The views are fabulous from up here and you go round and round enjoying the changing scenery as you go.... Continue Reading →

Golden ash tree in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Photo taken by Nigel 29 Mar 2018, mid-afternoon. March is autumn in New Zealand.

Back to Base at Bannockburn

After my adventures in rabbit-land I was keen to get back to the village. I found myself up against a locked gate and was obliged to clamber over a rail fence. A few steps more and I saw this brightly coloured and appropriately themed utility box. I was quite tired at this point and reluctant... Continue Reading →

Brakes Please !!

While at Bannockburn, Nigel and I took a drive down Bannockburn Road and I said to him "I think this is the road that leads to the old stone woolshed, opposite the Nevis road". And sure enough we came around a bend and there was the woolshed. This woolshed is a very interesting structure with... Continue Reading →

Setting Boundaries

In the gold rush days it was illegal for miners to remove the surveyed boundary pegs of a mining claim so the miners would work around them, leaving a pillar of earth under the peg. When visiting old sluicing sites you see these pillars standing alone - they kinda catch your attention. I had some... Continue Reading →

Restful In Riverton

Riverton is a picturesque little town on the south coast of the South Island and is only about 10km away from Thornbury where we attended the National Ploughing Championships on Saturday 14 April. We headed to Riverton for rest and refreshments after leaving the ploughing champs. Riverton sits between a huge estuary and Foveaux Strait,... Continue Reading →

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