Prize Essay Competition.
"HOW I SPENT MY EASTER HOLIDAYS, 1905," The following essay by " Pansy " (Harold G. Bell, Wills Street West) received honourable mention: — On Thursday, the 20th, we "broke up" for the Easter vacation. The same day I arrived at Ghristcburcb, thankful to step out of the overcrowded carriage. Good Friday morning was spent at the Park, and I found its dimensions far greater than those of Ashburton. We set out for Wainoni at twelve. Shortly after we arrived at a pinewood, m which was Dootor Greenwood's sanatorium with the quaint paperhouses. There were large greenhouses m which my delight and wonder knew no bounds. In them we saw large lilies, maiden-hair, and other ferns, etc. Every-; thing had been brought to a high state of cultivation. There were ferneries m which the ferns were as natural aa humanity could make them. On the verandah was a lily, which, when the sun shone on it, glistened like gold dust. It brought to my mind the words by Lord Byron ~" And the sheen of their spears was like stars m the sea." There was a fountain m the base of which ewam gold fish. We ascended to the roof of the house, the roof being flat and asphalted. From this " look out" I revelled m the sight of a magnificent bend m the Avon, which, when the sun levelled upon it, glistened like diamonds. Floating memories brought the woids back to mind by John Denham-— "|My eye descending from the hill, surveys Where Thames amongst the wanton valley strays," After lunch I secured a seat m a punt on the pond. I was mjt till time to leave. I went to the museum on the morrow finding it very interesting,' especially the j Maori collection and the many varieties of birds of every size, shade, and shape, from the eagle to the humming bird. That afternoon I went down to the station to help welcome General Booth to Christchurch. He himself cheered like a boy as he walked to the platform where he was welcomed most heartily by the "men" of the city. On the Sabbath T went to all his meetings excepting that of the afternoon, when I visited the Park. Easter Monday we-entrained for Lyttelton en route for Governor's Bay. While waiting for the boat we had a walk. In three hundred yards were fiix hotels, very unlike the " elect" Ashburton, We had a smooth voyage to the Bay, which nestled among dense foliage. I was soon up the hills like a goat after ferns. When near the summit I heard the grunting of a pig. I needed no further warning and had soon left the spot, remembering a species of wild boar m the Museum, remembering also its shaip tusks and that it was wont to, inhabit Banks Penieula. So yo,u see that". prevention is bettor than cure,"- I soon came to a small glen, down which I wended my way to the shore. Coming home we experienced a sharp squall, while some yachts were too intimately acquainted with it. On the afternoon of Tuesday I visited the Port Hills up which I e'imbed till near the summit, and as Watts says " Viewed the landscape o'er." The following morning I visited Sumner, but could see nothing to attract people m such numbers to that watering place. Opawa fish gardens afforded us much pleasure on Thursday, there being ffish, two lizards, swings, and see-saws, consequently X spent an enjoyable time. Tb,e following day was spent m town, when we visited two leading warehouses. Being fascinated by the Wainoni Gardens, we again visited them discovering a merry-go-round and swinge. Sunday I attended Knox and St Paul's Churches. In.the afternoon I ha£ my. first view of a kauri tre^, Tite vest of the vacation was oponfc m ctean little Ashburton. Two thing struck me on my return as superior to that of the city; firstly, the clock chimes ; secondly, the church chimes. Back I go to the monotony of school lifej so three cheers for our prohibifcioa town, "Adieu,".
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Issue 6581, 27 May 1905
Prize Essay Competition. Ashburton Guardian, Issue 6581, 27 May 1905
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