Chipping Away

Today's been a good day. Cut Above Tree Services arrived to cut some bigger trees on our property down to size. Our primary problem was an overgrown golden macrocarpa claiming too much space and dominating our frontage. Connor and Matt dealt decisively with this and other concerns and, bonus, they were relaxed about us taking... Continue Reading →

Stark Difference

When the gold miners arrived in Central Otago in the 1860s they didn't bat an eyelid at radically and massively transforming the environment. The initial influx of individuals and small groups gave way to larger operations that harnessed the power of water to obliterate large parts of the landscape. They extracted relatively small amounts of... Continue Reading →

The Art of Love

In need of spiritual and mental refreshment today I searched Bishop Jake's blog for "life is messy" knowing I'd get results to go with photos I'd already selected; the two photos below were taken at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand on 07 May 2022.

Five Years | Exploring Colour

Five years ago today, on 23 May, I started my blog with a brief and plain post, then launched out into the WP blogger-sphere to see what it's all about. I didn't have a clue! In this first session I happened to meet an Irish poet then working as pattern-maker in Paris, Damien B. Donnelly.... Continue Reading →

Crying Cones

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." We're suffering a pile-on of problems at the moment - in New Zealand and in the world. The old ways of thinking aren't going to cut it anymore! I've read/heard several Americans recently, talking about the pandemic 'waning' in their... Continue Reading →

Freedom to Live

Vinca … Latin: vincire “to bind, fetter” ~from Wikipedia. Vinca‘s also called “periwinkle”, the blue flower colour is “periwinkle blue”. The origin “to bind, fetter” makes Vinca photos perfect for my share..

Learning Takes Time

"..people are more than one thing. Everybody is a mixed bag. With that starting point, I can imagine a very different community from the harsh, conflict-laden one we’re presently creating for ourselves." ~Bishop Jake Owensby, 17-Sep-21/blog. Bp Jake is fourth Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana and published author of 5 books. A... Continue Reading →

Waiting for Ida

I don't know how many of you have links with Louisiana but I hope and pray that the people and places in Hurricane Ida's path can weather the storm. Being a far distant observer I know little about what lies in her path but I've searched online and scanned for links on twitter, and I'll... Continue Reading →

Life Worth Living

This is my second Cover Story .. this time for Jake's latest book which bears the same name as his blog: Looking for God in Messy Places. I've previously featured Jake's writing on my blog but for those unfamiliar with his work, Jake Owensby is Bishop of Western Louisiana (USA/Episcopal). I remember when Jake first... Continue Reading →

Blogger recognition award

23 Dec 2019 .. my notifications include a pingback from writer Jane Dougherty and I find she's included me in her Blogger Recognition Awards. I feel honoured and grateful. It was a lovely acknowledgement and I'd like to do the same for those whose friendship and blogs have meant so much to me since I... Continue Reading →

Blue Butterflies of Happiness

I'm indebted to Jane from Australia who this afternoon tweeted these beautiful Blue Tigers and shared briefly on her current situation and how "the bombardment of blue butterflies of happiness lifted my blues" - quoted from Jane's reply when I asked to share some of the photos and her tweet. There's understandably a lot of... 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 →

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