Christmas is still happening

When I checked my PO box this morning there was a package from afar. I'd been told there was one coming but NZ post is ... erratic is one way to describe them. Inside were seven of the most gorgeous Italian biscuits - hazelnut and vanilla mmm.  Even the box was special - a circle... Continue Reading →

Spring Roundup

Well it was Spring when I shot these Traveling around the New Zealand countryside one often sees fields with a very even yellowish hue; these fields look out of place among the varied field patchwork so it is worthwhile slowing down for a closer look. When you stop you see the plants in the field... Continue Reading →

Secret (library) Garden

The other day we were poking around Gore and Liz beckoned me in to a hidden garden between the Eastern Gallery (a 1909 Carnegie Library) and Gore Library. You see the garden from within the library all the time, yet the entry is almost hidden and well away from normal sight-lines. I know nothing of... Continue Reading →

Fire House – House Fire

Foodscape rather than landscape for a change. Balclutha has a new eatery and what a refreshing change for the South! We drove over to look at people's Christmas tree lights and paid our first (of many) visits to Casafuego, a Mexican-themed all day and much-of-the-night place. It's a totally new take on things - the... Continue Reading →

Blue Pollen! Kōtukutuku colours up

Our tree fuchsias (Fuchsia excorticata, Maori - Kōtukutuku) have just been in flower and it's another phase in their most unusual life. NZ tree fuchsia are not your well-behaved tub plant - I've seen them 12 metres high and nearly a metre diameter. They definitely show better in the south tho' with our harder, colder... Continue Reading →

Highway natives – twiggy tree daisies

Travelling south today through the Cromwell Gorge, near Champagne Creek (map link) Liz said that's an Olearia lineata back there! So we screeched to stop and walked back - there were quite a cluster of these now rare twiggy tree daisies (Asteraceae). They have the divaricating forked branching habit common to many NZ plant families, bluish-green leaves,... Continue Reading →

My Mission in Life

I WILL grow into the powerlines. I call these my fifth-column plants, no-matter-what, they are working away quietly for Gaia, often in plain sight. These are juvenile lancewoods, at about 20 years age they transform into a broad-headed tree maturing at 20 metres tall.  

Chick’s in a puddle

Stepping out of Union Co Cafe after one of their fantastic mushroom filo's the other day I (almost) stepped in a puddle reflecting the old Chick's Hotel across the road. Chick's Hotel  has nurtured (probably too gentle a word!) many  NZ bands and has recently moved on to become a recording studio. More recent outputs... Continue Reading →

Herbicides, use, abuse and mis-use

Herbicides help one person do the work of many. But they should be treated like strong medicinal drugs, to deal with a deep-seated problem once and for all. With patience we can do this naturally, with less damage to Earth and a more robust result - but another post for that. Sometimes managers are impatient.... Continue Reading →

Moa sighted near Otuparaoa

Travelling a back road today between the Otuparaoa and Blue Mountains I came across a moa. Normally flighty and hard to capture, this one was wired and I was able to get her photo before she thundered off toward the Umbrella Mountains.

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