Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Pies and Roses

Jimmy at Roxburgh
We were told these are the BEST PIES, so we stopped,
and ate. All so true!!. Jimmy looked on with a watchful eye.
Jimmy's Pies 
Then in the garden next door were beautiful roses. so many lovely gardens
all through the Otago area, roses seemed to be the preferred  ones, they
were in gardens, over front fences, alongside the grape vines
( we are told if aphids arrive, they settle on the rose bushes )
rose next door to Jimmy's
On the way to   Arrowtown we had a detour to Dunstan Hospital  The grounds are spacious, ample parking room, and the view is to the hills.
What a peaceful place to recuperate, stay a while, leave with a new baby, or visit. While we waited a couple came out, holding a scan. So proud, their first baby.Modern technology can be so reassuring.Their smiling happy faces told the wonderful story, no need to see the scan to know that all was well.
The vehicles came and went, and yes, almost every one was a 4x4, Holden,Ford, Nissan, Mitsubishi,Toyota, Pathfinders,  Prado, Couriers, Captiva, RAV 4 , to name a few,and in this part of NZ, all so necessary, Many back roads are metal, rough surfaces, corrugated corners.  The bigger vehicle with wider tyres, 4x4 option if road conditions are bad, make passenger travel much more comfortable. And for the drivers as well!!! 
Yes, roses bushes are  here as well. the pale yellow blended in so well with the other bushes.
Front Entrance to Dunstan Hospital
Dunstan HospitalGrounds
Home, and the lawns needed mowing, and the Day Lilies and the Japanese Iris are in bloom.I managed to get these photos before the rain fell , and the delicate petals were bruised.
Deeper toned day lilyApricot Day LilyJapanese iris
Tomorrow we are off to  Rotorua for a few days,then will be settled at home  for a while,  some R&R,  maybe even some  “ Quilting time" , and more photography.
Quotation of the day, from Graham Greene
“ There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens
 and lets the future in”
Cheers from Jean

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