Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sculptural Buildings

I love the haystack shape of the corrugated iron shed.  The steps also formed with corrugated iron now lead nowhere but I wonder why they were made in this fashion.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Spring Photos

These photos will help you to look forward to Spring in the Northern hemisphere.  They were taken during our Spring at the farm we visited at Tutira.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Lake Tutira

Last Spring I went on a trip North of Napier to Lake Tutira and the Arboretum started by an early conservationist Mr Guthrie Smith.  I mislaid these photos at the time but have rediscovered them and will post some in the next few blogs.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Wood Carving

These lovely wood carvings are just a small part of a magnificent fireplace at the Orauwharo homestead that I visited last week.  What wonderful craftsmen they were.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Large Cedar

A visit to an old homestead built about 1869 was a highlight of my week.  There are many of the original garden trees still growing, this cedar being one.  It is hard to show just how large it is.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Easy Flower Arrngements

Two easy flower arrangements that I have had in the house recently.  The fushia is always lovely in the kakehana - a hanging flower vase.  And the black and white glass cylinder is just right for the white iris.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Things Interesting

My friend, Phillip Smith, a Landscape Gardener from Auckland, took the top photograph.  I would love to visit Ding Dong in the UK and see what it is like.  I wonder how it got such a name.  Phillip also gave me the name of the white flower posted on the last blog.  It is a Verbascum chaixii, commonly known as mullein.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

White Flowers

I have no idea what these white flowers are called.  They seed and come up each year but I do not remember ever having been given them or planting them.  Maybe someone can identify them for me.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year News

This coming March I have been invited to participate in an exhibition of wood fired ceramics in England.  Unfortunately the second image of the advertisement for the event will not transfer to my blog.  The exhibition is to take place from March 2nd. to 17th. at the Thoresby Gallery, Newark, Nottinghamshire. The other potters involved, all from UK, will be Nic Collins, Peter Swanson, Stephen Parry and Mark Griffiths. This picture is of the five packages of Estelle's and my pots ready to be freighted.