The Charm of Christchurch
One of the many highlights of Christchurch
One of the many highlights of Christchurch is the botanical gardens, founded in 1863. A beautiful walk crisscrossing throughout the park. Families being pushed gently through the water, equipped with blankets and hot water bottles. We were wondering if the chap doing the punting was cold, clearly not, I thought singing would have added to the experience though. Maybe not so good if you have come to the park for some quiet contemplation.
Zipping through the rose garden, past the bell memorial, you come across the most magnificent structure. What a picture, dreaming up romantic stories of yesteryear. Originally called the Winter Garden conservatory that was opened in 1923. Now called Cuningham House. A gift from Mr C. A. C. Cuningham to the people of Christchurch.
A feast of plants inside too many to show. Walking through the doors casting your eyes over the plants and flowers in front of you and then realise, you are standing on concrete pathways, ancient railing over head preventing you from falling from the balcony above. The gentle hissing of the sprinkler system, the soft water droplets that miss the plants hitting the concrete path below. We climbed the concrete staircase, an impressive view ahead of us.
There are several conservatories around the Botanic gardens including a fern house that was constructed in 1955 a gift from Mary Rotheny Orr and James Foster. My head is running around in circles about the story I could write here, Mary and James. No I haven’t done any research on these two yet, probably nothing in it?
The Peacock Fountain
Towards one of the entrances on the south side of the Canterbury Museum is this beautiful and controversial fountain, this is it’s third location in the park. Originally unveiled in June 1911, plagued with maintenance problems the decision was made in 1949 to dismantle and store the beast.
Several pieces over the years were lost and 158 pieces were recast, this was commissioned by Cr Margaret Murray and Mayor Vicki Buck (girl power) in May 1996.
A total cost of $270,000 for the restoration. People throw good money into this fountain, maybe to contribute to the costs or hoping to find some luck. I buy a lotto ticket for that, and no luck here so far either.
What do you think?
Truth be told the colours don’t do it for me. One part of the gardens I don’t have photos of is the Visitors centre that has a restaurant attached, was pretty awesome to.
Liquefaction (I had to look up that up several times to get the spelling right)
When you looked into the depths of the river you could and we assumed that was what we were looking at the liquefaction, that grey sandy silt that comes bubbling to the surface during and after an earthquake. Not very pleasant smelling either.
Power to Christchurch, you rock!
I just can’t finish this post without telling you about the running of the balls, see below.
Running of the balls
Next week I see snow for the first time in Lake Tekapo. Then we move onto Queenstown.
In case you were wondering I am not a travel blogger, sorry for those who may be disappointed and wanting more from these posts. I am promising a little written story at the very end of my trip though, about a rocky drive to the top of the Remarkables.