How good is it to be able to reconnect with views along John Wilson Ocean Drive?
Teddy Bears at Level 3
This year’s vintage of Pinot Noir grapes is being picked right now in Central Otago and it looks as if it will be a large and excellent one for the wine.
These ones belong to Alan Brady, the pioneer of excellent wines being made in the district that is now world-famous for this red wine.
U3A Board Meeting 4th May 2020. Top row: Evan Taylor (Treasurer), Alan Jackson (Chair), Elaine Webster (University Liaison), Gretchen Kivell (Minutes Secretary)... Second row from top: Geoff Adams (Forum Editor), Barrie Peake, Linda Kinniburgh (co-Chair Programme Committee), Marion Potter (Board Secretary)... Third row from top: Jane Johnson, Rob Lawson, Stuart Strachan (co-Chair Programme Committee), Ngaire Bates (Discussion Groups Convenor)... Bottom row: Anneloes de Groot, Jill Geary, Jeanette Leigh, Jude Hathaway.
Bears in a Bubble, spotted at Michies Crossing
Location, Location, Location. What a venue for a lock-down
...On second thoughts - maybe not
Beautiful autumnal colour right in the heart of the city - Great King Street North
Geoff Adams took this photo of the Forsyth Barr Stadium from Maori Hill - a wiry look and a “no exit” sign.
The U3A Dunedin Programme Committee met via Zoom on Monday 27th April to discuss programmes which might be able to be held later this year.
Bears all ready for an ANZAC Day Bear Hunt
Amanita Muscaria (fly agaric or fly amanita). The fungi transfer phosphorus from their root system to the trees under which they live and in return the tree provides sugars for the fungus - since it doesn't photosythesise. Thanks to Dr David Orlovich, mycologist at Otago, for this information via The Valley Voice Community Newspaper.
Autumn colours and the promise of the spring blooms to come in Knox College Gardens
The Larnach Family Tomb in the Northern Cemetery
Some Larnach Family History
Textures on the beach - I'd like to give credit to the photographer for this...
We have a contributor who wonders if we should Panda to the preponderance of teddy bears in bubbles at the moment. This little fellow was seen at the zoo in the Hong Kong Gardens a few years ago.
The kereru or New Zealand pigeon is the only pigeon endemic to the New Zealand mainland. A large conspicuous pigeon with distinctive noisy wingbeats, it is the only remaining New Zealand bird capable of swallowing large fruit, and so is an important seed disperser for native trees. (Wikipedia)... This one was eating our cabbage tree seeds last year (Geoff Adams).
Some flowers just stop you in your tracks and demand to be appreciated. This begonia is one such.
Commemoration of the Easter 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland - over 200 participants in a Zoom conference initiated by the Irish Embassy in Wellington and supported strongly by the Irish Studies Department at Otago. Sonja Tiernan, (middle row left), Rory Sweetman (centre), and many others were drawn together to consider this event - 9th April 2020. Participants contributed poems, songs, reminiscences from relatives and a strong Irish heritage.
Sunrise over Lake Wakatipu - NOT a recent image but one by Geoff Adams whilst attending the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in Queenstown
Nichols Creek Waterfall - in Dunedin - photographed by Geoff Adams - have you seen this?
A lithograph of Dunedin in 1898 - supplied by Geoff Adams
Even on a wet day it is good to admire the garden. If you’re going past you can wave at the 'folk' in my bay window. Love to all and keep safe. Ann Barrowclough.
My fascination with the work of M.C.Escher and my own love of architecture ,inspired me to design the Fibonacci painting and the Railway Station. These are mixed media images where there are distorted photographs interspersed with watercolours. It’s a process I’ve been developing over the past ten years - Doug Hart.
Nature, especially since I’ve come to live in New Zealand, inspire me to look at the interactions of creatures within their environment. The whales dance and play around each other and are tolerant of the pods that join them - Doug Hart.
The watercolour of Moeraki lighthouse is my usual way of presenting buildings that differ from other artists. I like to exaggerate features of the buildings to make the viewer look more intently at the subject - Doug Hart.
This begonia demanded to be looked at and admired - an on-line lecture from Jorge Luis Borges reminded me of the line from Keats "A thing of beauty is a joy forever". I have the photo as the backdrop on my 'phone now - Alan Jackson.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago, Harlene Hayne (centre), thanks Alan Jackson, chair of the Board of U3A Dunedin for the 150th birthday gift of $50,000 from our charitable funds . This will be used to set up a scholarship in perpetuity for a graduate student.
Gretchen Kivell (right), our former chair, helped forge the Memorandum of Understanding with the University for this project. The gift is a recognition of the “special relationship” we have with the University.
The funds are to be paid in two tranches of $25 000 as term deposits mature - the first one in November 2019, the second in November 2020.
Assoc Prof Gordon Parsonson turned 100 on 21st November 2019. During 2019 he attended four U3A Dunedin courses.
Secretary Marion Potter arranged a gift basket and with Chair Alan Jackson delivered it the day before Prof's birthday. Our doughty FORUM editor Geoff Adams was there with his trusty camera.
Who would have expected snow in the morning towards the end of Series 3? This outside former chair John Burton's home on 26th September 2019.
During the 2019 winter series, Dunedin Music Maestro Calder Prescott reminisced about the Big Band scene in Dunedin. Here he talks to Assistant Treasurer Alistair Wright - about the time his band played at Alistair's 21st birthday. Wow.
Children at Tahuna Normal Intermediate School encourage U3A visitors to get down to it as they programme robotic spheros to test speed. April 2019.
U3A visitors to Tahuna Normal Intermediate are fascinated by children’s use of a Hundreds Chart in mathematics to explore combinations of multiples and prime numbers. April 2019.
Emeritus Professor Alan Horsman turned 100 on 24th October 2018
Bruce McMillan demonstrates the workings of some of the older computing equipment to U3A at the Toitu Early Settlers Museum - March 2018
New members meet the Board over coffee at Ironic Café. Gretchen Kivell (far right), new chair of the U3A board is speaking. To her left is the former chair Jane Higham.
Ngaire Bates (left), convenor of the U3A Dunedin Discussion Groups, in conversation with new members.
At lovely Salmond College for the AGM and (later) lunch
Experiencing tectonic behaviour on the Technology in Art Course
Lecturers Doug Hart & David Green Technology in Art Course
Early art movie - Technology in Art Course
Technology and Art
David Green making a point on the Technology in Art Course
Discussing U3A Board matters
Fellowship over tea and coffee
We all managed to try out some of the wonderful instruments brought along by enthusiastic Dr Jennifer Cattermole. The instrument is the Taonga Puoro Horn.
This photo shows the reproduction of the Hotere “Rain” banners recently installed at the University Richardson Building foyer, the place where the originals used to hang. These banners are a replica of the original now in the Hocken. On the right David Howard reading the short poem "Rain" by Hotere's friend Hone Tuwhare that inspired the original work. At left is Dr Elaine Webster, Director of University of Otago Summer School and Continuing Education. U3A Dunedin paid for the restoration work and reproduction of the banners.