South Canterbury, New Zealand lies in the centre of the South
Island bounded by the
Rangitata River to the north and Waitaki River to the south and stretching from
the east coast to the
Southern Alps where Mount Cook dominates the range. The
5,276 square miles or 3,504,640 acres of land changes from plain to downland to
foothills and mountains. The Mackenzie Basin has three large lakes; Ohau, Pukaki
and Tekapo that are all
part of the Waitaki River catchment and contributes to the supply of water which
provides electric power for the South Island.
the Waitaki Hydro Scheme (June 2). Industries include grain growing
and sheep. The port of Timaru is a central multipurpose bulk handling facility. The foothills -
Four Peaks, Hunter Hills, the hills behind
Fairlie and the Two Thumb Range
are often dusted with snow. Refresh page to view the images above - four of the photos are
views on the opposite side of Four Peaks, the Fairlie Basin, looking back
towards Four Peaks from Middle Rd, Sherwood Downs and a painting of the run "Ribbonwood"
on the Two Thumb Range, Sherwood Downs, Fairlie.
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Photos of the month - October is Breast Cancer awareness month. Think pink. Pink-up.
Cottage garden, Timaru
Timaru Herald, 10 September 1898, Page 2
An innovation to Timaru in the shape of a "pink tea" took place in the Sacred Heart School last evening. The nuns of the Sacred Heart headed by Madame Croke suggested the novelty, and they have to be heartily thanked for their thoughtfulness. The attendance was beyond expectancy, and the novelty was greatly appreciated and admired. The rooms and tables were artistically draped in pink, while most of the attendants were dressed likewise. The effect was very pleasing and had to be seen to be thoroughly appreciated. Tea was laid at 3 o'clock at which time the tables were well tilled, and the rich Ceylon tea, the good Timaru flour-pastry, and fresh seasonable fruit were done full justice to by a full table of guests. During the evening Misses McGuinness and Fitzgerald played a pretty duet on the piano, Mrs Lynch, Miss Kent, and Mr Jefferson ably contributed choice songs, and the Aloysian Minstrel Troupe gave three choruses in good style, and all were greatly appreciated. A voting competition resulted in Mrs Quirk being returned for the married ladies and Miss McGuinness for the single. The post-office made a good revenue for the evening, so did the weighing machines. The hat-trimming competition for gentlemen brought out twenty competitors. Mr H. V. Stapleton proved the winner of the large iced cake with a felt hat trimmed karkee fashion, with a green feather and bow. The trimmer showed himself quite an observer of the ladies' present fashion. The gathering closed with the sinking of God Save the Queen.
Dean's Cottage, CHCH
Timaru Herald, 18 November 1916, Page 3
A quiet wedding took place, in St. Mary's' Church last Monday morning when Miss Dora Emily Winter, daughter of Mr and Mrs M. T. Winter, Wai-iti Road was married by the Rev. J.H. Rogers to Mr Cyril Oliver, of Rotherham, Amnri. The bride who was given away by her father wore a very pretty pale grey coat and skirt with a pink crepe de chine blouse, a Leghorn hat with the crown covered in white ninon and rosettes of pink and blue roses with cream aigrettes; her bouquet was of pink and white flowers. Her niece, Miss Jean Delatour, was bridesmaid and looked very sweet in a pink floral voile, and a panama hat with a rose-pink swathe and roses; she carried a pink bouquet. Mr P. Davidson, nephew of the bridegroom, was best man. After the ceremony the bridal party had a morning tea at the Vicarage. Mrs Winter wore a black coat and skirt and a black bonnet; Mrs A. Winter a bright saxe costume, cream hat lined and trimmed with black; Mrs Delatour, striped biscuit coloured coat and skirl, large hat with a pink and heliotrope swathe and heliotrope flowers; Miss Rose Winter, fawn costume, big fawn hat with striped silk oriental swathe; Mrs Rogers, black coat and skirt, black hat. Others present were the Rev. J. H. Rogers and the Misses Rogers. Later in the day Mr and Mrs Oliver left by motor for the North. The Misses Banks, who were with with Mrs A. Grant, Aigantighe, have returned to Oamaru.
Lupins, Ashburton Gorge, Nov.
Timaru Herald 7 August 1920, Page 7 The Ladies
TIMARU TENNIS CLUB BALL. One of the most successful dances held this season was that, given by the Timaru Tennis Club in the Bay Pavilion on Thursday of last week. The hall was charmingly decorated with red and black paper streamers.- (club colours), large bowls of holly and palms. Supper was served in the tea kiosk the table decorations being heliotrope iris and spring owers. During the evening a novelty was introduced in the Air Raid Waltz, all the lights being turned out and the hall being lit by the flashes from large electric torches. Some of those present were: Mrs Neill, rose pink satin; Mrs Shand, rose pink satin; Mrs Gunn, rose pink georgette; Miss Mills (Christchurch), rose pink and gold; Miss K. McLaren, pale pink crepe de chene; Miss E. Harris, heliotrope tulle frock; Miss M. Harris, black tulle frock; Miss Holdgate, black net relieved with blue; Miss Manchester, white crepe de chene; Miss W. Dailey (Waimate), black and emerald frock; Miss H. Manchester (Waimate) white satin overdress black net; Miss Anstey, black frock; Miss Webster, pale pink crepe de chene: Miss Crawford, rose pink crepe de chene; Miss G. Crawford, pale pink crepe de chene; Miss McRae, pale pink crepe de chene: Miss Watson, pale pink; Miss Aitken, rose pink;...
Press, 26 May 1915, Page 7 PRIVATE H. F. PINK.
Private Hubert Fair Pink (Canterbury Battalion, killed) was the second son of Mr. H.J. Pink of Caversham. He had been engaged in the Traffic Department of the Government Railways and stationed in Dunedin, residing with his parents at Caversham. Disliking a transfer to Auckland, he resigned from the service, and took up labouring employment at Timaru, joining the 2nd South Canterbury Regiment at Timaru on the first call for men. He was a good all-round athlete and footballer. He was employed at the Dominion Hotel in Timaru. [KIA 25 April 1915, Gallipoli, Turkey. Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey]
Variegated foliage. Nov. Taken at Three Springs, near Kimbell, on a garden tour in Nov. 2009.
Ornamental Hawthorn trees (Crataegus laevigata 'Pauls Scarlet'.) can be found in bloom on the Fairlie Golf Course in November.
30th Sept. 2013. Welcome to Timaru. Rubicon...the nicest red I have seen. It is on roadside across from Timaru sign on the way into Timaru, north side of town.
When to visit South Canterbury? I like to visit the area when the gardens are at their peak. During the annual Timaru Rose Festival, end of November – early December, and before school gets out, there are garden tours that give you are chance to explore private gardens. 2012 Elsewhere other communities have garden tours as fun raisers for schools etc. This year's three-day Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary from November 15 to 17, 2013 and includes an exhibition of South Canterbury artists at Geraldine Primary School, while the main street and domain will be host to dozens of stalls on the Friday and Saturday. There is usually a quilt display in St. Mary's Church and a bookarma in the clubhouse in the Domain. In 2011 we attended the Festival on Saturday after the Show Day Friday [15th November] in Christchurch, and headed south and stopping at the Tin Shed to see roosters and rabbits [looking for a photo of the rabbits] and on to Geraldine, where my husband played golf while I walked around town with my son. In early December thousands of giant Himalayan lilies, Cardiocrinum Giganteum, are in bloom They grow under the trees on the driveway, among old oak and beech trees, between the homestead and the Church at Mt. Peel. It is believed the lilies spread naturally after a conservatory blew down in the 1930s. The garden covers 8ha. Around Christmas the roads around the Mackenzie are lined with lupins.
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