It can be all too easy to hibernate during the winter, so today I decided to go on a road trip south.
I have been reading about the Milton potteries, so I hopped in the car to visit the area, which is half an hour from Dunedin, and its op shops, antique shops and museum.
My first stop was at Lake Waihola, which looked amazing in the frost and mist.
Sorry about the picture quality, but I forgot my camera so these were taken on my phone.
A tree on the lakeshore which is hollowed out at the roots.
Shags on the pontoon, with seagulls on the shore.
You thought I meant the other sort of shag, didn't you?
A hoar frost on the reeds
Native flax or harakeke
If you look really hard, you can see four beautiful black swans swimming
A frozen puddle
The Ewing Phosphate Co. Ltd., just north of Milton.
There's something I really love about the shape of this building.
Unfortunately, the dairy farmer is using it as a toxic waste dump at the moment.
It's for sale if anyone feels like restoring it!
It's not in the best location, as the main railway line runs next to it.
The paddock in front of it's a bit of a swamp, so it's fortunate it was frozen solid.
Milton itself was a bit disappointing, as both op shops and the museum were closed for the weekend.
I found this cute swallow brooch at the antique shop.
After lunch at the Black Swan tearooms at Waihola, I headed west to Outram.
I found this beautiful Finnish Arabia canister in the antique shop there.
Then I went through Milton but all the op shops were closed (story of my life).
Back to Dunedin, and you can always rely on the Hospice shop there to be open on SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS!
I found a Crown Lynn Topaz jug.
And I'm in love with my tan leather Louis Cardini handbag!
It's practically brand new.
Alas, I found no obligatory bloggers' deer this time, although I did buy some adorable squirrel, faun and rabbit Hornsea vases off the internet which I will photograph as soon as the days get a bit longer.