My Pomegranate is flowering well this season so, hopefully, there will be lots of fruit. This quail sits by my lantern every evening acting as a look-out for his chicks. There is one group of ten chicks but I have not been able to photograph them yet. Soon they will be too big to be interesting.
The Iris by my pond are looking great this year but the strong winds are causing some damage. The waterlilies are also flowering well. Everything here is so dry it is nice to have the water feature to help create a small micro-climate.
This very colourful cock pheasant and its partner are about my property again this year. The weka chick photograph was taken down in the South Island. They are not seen near here although there are about twenty five other species of bird about at various times of the year.
These two home made lanterns have been in my garden for a long time. The top one has a ceramic cube for the light with found items and stones to make a tall lantern. The lower one is all ceramic except for the stone it is sitting on. It was made in three parts and fired in our anagama kiln.
This beautiful stainless steel screen was created by David Trubridge and his team. It was difficult to photograph in full daylight so I went back to try this evening shot which I think gives a better impression. The "Rocket" was a fun construction made by several of the artists and was to be filled with straw and lit after dark. It was too close to trees and the grass was so dry it was decided it would be too dangerous so the event did not happen.
These two works are by Ricks Terstappen and they were just wonderful. The motorbike was titled "Prototype". The "Jandals" (called thongs or flip flops in some countries) were huge, almost two meters long, but their size does not show very well in this photograph.
These two pieces, the Kiwi and the Rooster, are by Jeff Thomson who works mainly with corrugated iron. Jeff has exhibited regularly in Germany so some of you may recognise his work. I particularly like the rooster.
Tonight the Wildflower Sculptural Festival opens and runs through to Sunday 11th. November. It is held in very beautiful gardens with many varied and interesting exhibits. This is the first time I have been invited to exhibit and it will be interesting to compare the interest shown to ceramics, metal,wooden and other types of sculptures.
The flowers on the Rowan tree have been lovely but, unfortunately, we have very hungry birds around here and I seldom see any bright red berries. This pink manuka is also flowering well. It will feed the bees but not the birds.
Many times I have driven through Arthur's Pass between Christchurch and the West Coast of the South Island and every time it is different. The Rata in flower in Summer, the waterfalls and shingle slides after heavy rain which can be at any time of the year. It is always spectacular.
Although autumn is long past the leaves are still blowing about with the very strong winds we are experiencing. I do not usually burn leaves but the smoke from some incense make me wonder whether that is not what I should have done.
I thought I should show you the back of the house which, unlike most places, is just as clean lined as the front. Form the gateway the property looks very large and the house and workshop are barely visible with only a minimal track for a driveway.
Two panoramic pictures of the house and workshop taken recently. The wide images give a better impression of how these buildings look than wide angle or standard lenses can ever give. The gardens are looking especially pretty with blossoms and new leaves on the trees.
The Heron Migrates is the story of how a Japanese anagama kiln came to New Zealand. From Estelle and Bruce Martin's diaries from their trips to Japan and the building and firing of the Kamaka anagama. Soft cover with 400 photographs and drawings. 160 pages.
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