The Mackenzie Basin (popularly and traditionally known as the Mackenzie Country), is an elliptical intermontane basin, located in the Mackenzie and Waitaki Districts, near the centre of the South Island of New Zealand. It is the largest such basin in New Zealand Historically famous mainly for sheep farming, the sparsely populated area is now also a popular tourism destination. ~ Bernard
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Dahlia plants are amazing, another example of horticultural magic.
The dinner plate types can grow a full metre high in just a few months while producing blooms almost 30 cm across.Underground, the same thing is happening. Should you decide to dig up your dahlia tubers at the end of the season, you'll be impressed with what's been happing under the soil surface. Expect to find clumps of potato-like tubers, which often can be divided into several pieces (and plants) for next year's garden.
Could your garden use a little magic? Add a few dahlias ~ Bernard
Monday, February 23, 2015
What would be termed "herbfields" for European mountains, and bunchgrass meadows in North America, are referred to as tussock herbfields in New Zealand due to a dominance of this type of plant. Species of the Chionochloa genus dominate in these areas. The larger tussocks are called snow grass (or less commonly as snow tussocks) and may grow up to 2 metres in height. They grow slowly and some specimens are estimated to be several centuries old. ~ Bernard
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A cairn is a man-made pile of stones.
The word cairn comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn.
Cairns are found all over the world in uplands, on moorland,
on mountaintops, near waterways and on sea cliffs, and also
in barren desert and tundra areas. ~ Bernard
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Love is an angel
A cherubim of the heart
On winged flight to you
A cherubim of the heart
On winged flight to you
There are many prevailing popular perceptions of Emperor Napoleon of France — most of which began as British propaganda. While his name doesn't often conjure images of a sweet hopeless romantic who pined for an older woman, the letters he wrote to his beloved Josephine reveal as much. In December 1795, he wrote to her:
"I wake filled with thoughts of you. Your portrait and the intoxicating evening which we spent yesterday have left my senses in turmoil. Sweet, incomparable Josephine, what a strange effect you have on my heart! ... You are leaving at noon; I shall see you in three hours. Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire."
Friday, February 13, 2015
If you've got fences, you'll need gates. The best sorts of gates are the ones that open and close easily, and contain animals regardless of whether the electric fence unit is on or not.Generally speaking, farm gates can be either wood or metal. Both types have their pros and cons, choice usually comes down to one or a combination of personal preference, practicality and budget. ~ Bernard
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A Dahlia from Dr Keith Hammetts weird and wonderful selection This green leafed dahlia has orangey red flowers with a lemon collar and yellow eye Great as a cut flower ideal for a sunny position. ~ Bernard
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The Church was built in 1935 as a place of worship for the pioneer families of the Mackenzie country. Congregations of the 3 main Churches worship regularly in the Church, which offers awe inspiring views of the lake and mountains through the altar window.The foundation stone was laid by HRH the Duke of Gloucester, on January 15, 1935.The builders of the Church were instructed that the site was to be left undisturbed, and that even the matagouri bushes surrounding the building were to remain. Rocks which happened to be on the wall lines were not to be removed. The stones for the wall were to be procured within a radius of 5 miles of the site, and were to be unchipped and in their natural condition.The Church of the Good Shepherd is interdenominational and services are held regularly throughout the year.
Weddings and baptisms can be conducted by arrangement with the clergy. ~ Bernard