Bush Walking

This is what we see when we drive to our local Black Gully Reserve and walk in the native bush, which is primarily silver beech forest. Native beeches aren't deciduous so the bush looks much like this all year. The reserve is part of the Blue Mountain range, Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Our visit,... Continue Reading →

Creativi-Tee

When I was in Dunedin Public Art Gallery on 13 June I saw colourful patterns on the wall in the children's activity room. As usual I was drawn to the colour like a moth to flame and found a large wall area with colourful solid pins inserted into holes. I pulled out one of the... Continue Reading →

Stanleys Hotel

Cosy coffee stop on our homeward journey yesterday from Palmerston, East Otago. Stanleys Hotel, Macraes. New Zealand. "Since 1882". The warmth of the fire much appreciated on what was a grey, cold, rainy day. This is a remote old gold mining area, now a major modern gold mining area. Thanks to Nigel for taking these... Continue Reading →

Shocking Pink

Why is a very bright shade of pink "shocking"? Is it because little girls are supposedly made of "sugar and spice and all things nice" and bright, vivid pink is too LOUD and NOT nice? What other colour is called "shocking" .. I don't recall the term being consistently applied to any other colour! Flower... Continue Reading →

Time For Tea

In Dunedin this morning we exited the public library to find rain had set in so we quickly made our way to Nova Cafe in the Octagon. This is a great place to get a decent pot of tea. New Zealand. Tea for me is serious business ... Nigel was chief-of-the-teapot but he had camera... Continue Reading →

Alabama Nature, Consecration Colour

"The Rt. Rev. Glenda S. Curry was ordained and consecrated to serve as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Alabama on June 27 at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham. She is the first woman to serve as bishop in the Diocese of Alabama." --from an article in the Episcopal News Service posted... Continue Reading →

Joy is water

Excited to share this beautiful poem Joy is water, a poem by WP blogger sarahsouthwest (uk). Sarah found my request a few days ago after it'd been missed a while ago - thanks for getting in touch Sarah! Her poems can be found online at: fmmewritespoems Joy is water    words by sarahsouthwest, originally posted... 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 →

Water of Life

Back in 2017 we searched for a particular mural in Dunedin which I'd seen a photo of in the local paper but we didn't find it. We'd avoided the end of an unwelcoming alley - I think there'd been an unfriendly person/dog pair there. Of course, that's exactly where the mural turned out to be... Continue Reading →

The Skylark Rose

Lark Ascending. This post celebrates ongoing achievements by writer Kay McKenzie Cooke who lives in Dunedin, New Zealand. This year Kay will see her 4th book of poetry published. Not only that, she's been working on a novel for the past decade and has now reached the stage where she's scouting around for a 'home'.... Continue Reading →

Consider The Lily

Returning home from down south yesterday we stopped in at Gore for a while and were drawn in to Gore Gardens to see how they're doing (lovely). I didn't even have my cellphone in hand but Nigel had his cell and got a few photos. This is a fine lily that I went over to... Continue Reading →

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