The Rocks of Moeraki Go Round and Round

Moeraki bouldersWe had a lovely getaway earlier this year to Moeraki, less than an hour north of Dunedin where we are based just now. Moeraki is world famous for it’s spherical rocks on the beach north towards Hamden. It’s also a lovely little fishing village, and home to Fleur’s famous restaurant. There’s penguins out the back, and it was one of the settings for Kerri Hulme’s extraordinary novel ‘Bone People‘.  None of this has gone to Moeraki’s head Continue reading

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Wordfight at the Not-OK Corral

FacebookWhat keeps the herd from running,
Stampeding far and wide?
The Admin’s long, low whistle,
And singing by their side.
(from “Cowboy Songs and FaceBook Ballads”)

Crikey! It looks like I’ve been excommunicated from another FaceBook Group. Continue reading

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We go Looking for Spring and Find Perfection

Magnolia flowerA couple of weekends ago we ended up in the Upper Gardens of the Dunedin Botanic Gardens. We’d been to a midday movie that was part of the film festival; called “Unrest” which is a first-person documentary made by and featuring a woman with severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  ‘Powerful’ and ‘moving’ and ‘confronting’ and ‘direct’ are words that came to mind. Continue reading

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Emerging From Winter

Lily flower“Once more into the blog, dear friends, once more;
Or close the thing down with my posts all dead!”

We’re emerging from what has seemed like a long winter and I’m keen to rekindle this olde bloggie thing. A blog with no posts seems about as sad as the pub with no beer. Although there is still a small steady interest in some of the old posts. Particularly ‘In Search of South Head‘ for reasons I’ve always pondered.  Continue reading

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We Walk Up a Hill and Come Back Down Again – Flagstaff

Ross at the top of FlagstaffYesterday we had one of those moments. Where we’d gone out for a nice walk along the banks of the Silverstream near Mosgiel and on the way back one of us spied a hill and suggested that we should go for a walk up that as well. I called her bluff and agreed and then she called my bluff and soon we were getting a bit more clothing and some food and driving off towards Flagstaff. Continue reading

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An Abstract View of Photography – Seeing the Light

Ice sceneIf you’ve been following this blog – and some of you kind people have been – then you’ll have seen me dabbling more and more over the last year or so with what I’ve called abstract photography. I didn’t know until a minute ago that there actually is a proper thing called abstract photography; I’ve just been stumbling into it. I started photographing with my first camera about 50 years ago Continue reading

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I’m Walking Backwards to Winter – In Dunedin

Snow MosgielContinuing with┬ámy reconstruction of recent times, I’m happy to say that we coped well enough with our first winter in Dunedin for a number of years. It was a kind sort of winter with weeks when we wondered if it really was winter. People up north probably imagine winter in Dunedin as a battle against blizzards and bleakness. Continue reading

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Earlier This month – Ross Creek

Ross Creek DunedinEarlier this month we were parked up in Dunedin at Woodhaugh in the Leith Valley for a week. It’s only a couple of minutes walk to Ross Creek which gives access to the Reservoir and lots of lovely bush walks. Walking up the gorge beside Ross Creek I’d often considered the photography possibilities Continue reading

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The Wheels on the Truck Go Round and Round ….to Central Otago

Wyn biking at Lake WanakaAfter what seemed like an eternity, we finally got ourselves and our motorhome out of town for Labour Weekend. And headed for Central Otago and Lake Hawea. We launched from Mosgiel a little after 5pm and wondered what the holiday traffic would be like. Forgetting that this is the lower end of the South Island; where holiday traffic is relatively civilised. Plus we left the car Continue reading

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New Beginnings … Again ….

Sunset near MosgielOh dear! It’s about six months since I last said I was starting again. I’m saying it again and hopefully meaning it this time. One of the harder things is remembering how to construct a blog post. And add a photo … or two. What seemed automatic has become a re-learning experience. Continue reading

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