A silent sentinel of the past

Windmill in the outback in the Flinders Ranges

A structure with a beauty of its very own.... Past its used by date These structures were to be seen everywhere on our recent trip to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.  This windmill was abandoned but once upon a time it was a vibrant, useful and necessary structure in the outback, providing a valuable water …

A curly-wurly succulent

Textures in a succulent

The texture and beauty in a succulent... We consume photos through our eyes, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a tactile element, too. I love the curly-wurly texture of this succulent, submitted for this week's photo challenge. Although I'm not sure curly-wurly is a real description of anything, I just like the way it rolls off …

52 weeks – a photography project

Self Portrait week in 52 week photo challenge

52 weeks equals a year! I have joined with 5 (much more talented than me) photographers to take a photo every week for a year, one theme at a time. Each week we are given a new theme and must take a photo, add some words and submit it to Tim, who will compile a …

Wordless Wednesday – 17 May 2017

Whitest Sand

It's Wordless Wednesday! Enjoy your Wednesday - wherever you are in the world. This is our favourite beach, where the bush meets the sea and it just happens to have the whitest sand in the world! Do you know where this beach is?  Leave me a comment to tell me know where you think it is. (I've given …

Travel Blog: New Zealand #9 – Around Dunedin

Dunedin After finishing our cycling tour on the Otago Rail Trail we had two days planned in and around Dunedin.  It was a wet cold day as we walked the few steps from our Chapel Apartments to collect the hire car (how handy was that?).  We asked the guys at the desk for their suggestions …

Travel Blog: New Zealand #8 – Hyde to Middlemarch (final day of cycling)

Finishing the Otago Rail Trail in New Zealand

Final day of cycling (day 5): Hyde to Middlemarch - 15 November 2016 It poured with rain overnight but the morning dawned cold with heavily overcast skies. We set out after breakfast for the final 30km hoping the rain would hold off and it did! The open Strath Taieri plain was flat riding with green …

Travel Blog: New Zealand #7 – Wedderburn to Hyde

Cycling day 4: Wedderburn to Hyde - 14 November 2016 This was another big day starting off with an earthquake in New Zealand's South Island just after midnight. I can't say I felt the earth move but I do remember waking and thinking someone was walking around the cottage as there was a real rattle …

Travel Blog: New Zealand #6 – Omakau to Wedderburn 

Cycling day 3:  Omakau to Wedderburn - 13 November 2016 This was a big day in lots of ways! 42 kms of riding, tunnels, bridges, a variety of scenery, ups and downs, hard surfaces and a long hill. The afternoon was booked up with a session of Curling at the Maniototo International Curling Rink, so …

Travel Blog: New Zealand #5 – Alexandra to Omakau 

Cycling day 2: Alexandra to Omakau - 12 November 2016 We woke to quite dark skies and heavy rain overnight but everyone keeps telling us that it doesn't rain very much in this area. It's looking very green everywhere so it's been quite a wet season so far. Apparently the average rainfall is only 300mls …

Travel Blog: New Zealand #4 – cycling tour gets underway 

Cycling tourism The Central Otago Rail Trail on New Zealand's South Island, has been on our to-do list for quite some time now. It's simply a disused rail corridor which has been turned into a trail for cyclists and  walkers. The land was owned by the railways, so years later after the trains had stopped …

Travel blog – New Zealand #3

Day 3: Queenstown, gondola ride, sunshine, bike riding, wandering Today was our last full day in Queenstown so we decided to do some of the local attractions before we move on. Grant chose to walk up the very steep slopes to Bob's Peak while we caught the Skyline gondola - a much easier way of …

Travel blog – New Zealand #2

Day 2: Queenstown, Crown Summit, Cardrona, Bradrona, Wanaka, Glendhu, Puzzleworld, Cromwell The day started out a bit overcast with rain overnight, but it turned into a magnificent day of warm sunshine and blue skies. I managed a brief morning walk and captured some fishermen preparing for their catch of the day. Lake Wakatipu looked a …

Travel blog – New Zealand 

Lake view New Zealand

Day 1: Queenstown and surrounds  Waking up to this view from our Queenstown apartment after getting in late last night. Yep that's snow up there on The Remarkables.  Room with a view!  Out for an early morning walk along the lake.  Driving to Glenorchy and stopping every few kilometres to take photos of amazing scenery!  …

Sparkle and Shine – Weekly Photo Challenge

In every person there is a sun.  Just let them shine. Socrates Shine is the prompt for this week's photo challenge and Nancy Thanki asks us to share a photo with a sparkly shine. Has the sunshine or any other light source caused you to stop because it’s highlighting something you didn’t notice before? On a rare sunny day, …

Keeping it local – Weekly Photo Challenge

Blue and green

Local = Put your money where your house is Local is the prompt for this week's photo challenge and Jen H asks us to share what “local” means to us, and show where our heart is. “Home” is more than where we sleep at night. It is a place that is familiar and comforting, and it gives us …