LOCAL AND GENERAL
Sale Day.—Friday is sale day at Duvau chelle.
Little Rivkr Sale —To day is sale day at Little River. St. Piter's ''hurch, The work of preparing for the sale of work for the new schoolroom ia bein« gone on with, and it is hoped that on December 10th and 11th a go d show of work will be displayed and good sales made.
Flax Bushes.—ln common with other native plants ihe flax bushes gie full of bloom this year, Anyone travelling about on (ha top of :ne hills will be very much struck with tne beauty of the flax bushes this year with their abundance of bloom, S.S. Breeze.-On bunday night, at about 7 p.m., the s.s, Breeze put into Akaroa Ear bour for shelter, She anchored in midstream, and did not berth at the wharf. She left again at C am. on Monday, when the i weather bad moderated. Sailing.—The sailing raoe last Thursday for Mr Crawsha\V's trophy wa3 won by Mr Penlington's Bona very easily, making hacks of all the others. The Dotterell was second and the Waterbeetlg third. A very frash breeze was blowing. The race nest Thursday will be sailed for Mr Menzies , trophy. Akahoa Lighthouse.—S.S. Hinemoa pu* into Akaroa Harbour last evening and re* mained in the stream. She was unable to land Etores at the Akaroa Lighthouse, owing to the heavy sea running, but will rrnko an effort to land same this morning. Tand s/le"^Messrs Dalgeiy and Company Limited, and Messrs Mating and Company, Limited, in conjunction, report hiviug sold on behalf of the executors of the late Mr F. D. S, Neave, the well known Titiraagi Estate, situated iv P lorus Sound, comprising 7583 acres freehold, together with 13,000 sheep, file, v going concern at a satisfactory figure, The purchaser is Mr Ebenezer Hay, of Pigeon Bay. Wealth of Grass,—Last year in the early pirt of the season there was a wealth of feed, but this year the feed far surpasses it in quantity, being probably a record for the Peninsula. Farmers will be able to cut hay or cocksfoot in their cattle paddocks, and there is no danger of anyone being overstocked, The quantity of feed is not the best thing for the stock, who prefer the short sweet grass lo that swelled by frequent rains. The Weather —On Saturday miming early very heavy rain Ret in, lasting up to 9 a m., when it eased off somewhat. By noon the clouds cleared away, and the afternoon was fine. Sunday was fine til 7 p.m., when another heavy storm of rain set in. The glass has been phenomenally low, being down to 2830 at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November has been a record wet month, and averages a heavy shower a day.
Native Teees.—All the native trce3 are blossoming very freely this year. The kowhais were a wonderful sight, and the cabbage trees have been full of blossom. The manuka is just as prodigal of bloom. According fo to the Maoris this wealth of b'ossom fortelle a dry eeason, but the season so far bas beea an exceptionally wet one.
Fbuit Prospects. - This year appears to ba a record one for peaches, neotarinea and all stone fruit. The peaches and nectarines, in particular, are very plentiful. There are many complaints about the poor apple crops, numbers of orchards being quite bare of apples. Unless the fruit has a little more sun on it, it will be decidedly lacking in flavour.
Akakoa Regatta.—At a meeting of the Canterbury Bowing Association on Friday last, tho official programme of the Akaroa Regatta was submitted by the Akaroa Regatta Club, and was approved. The fixture will take place on Tuesday, December 16, The programme ia Eimilar (o that of last year. Tho following officials were appointed ,* — Judges, Messrs G, Armstrong, J. f>, Bruce, H. W. Piper, A. H. Westenra, M. G. Daly and Dr. Cantrell; starter, Mr G. Checkley; umpires, Messrs J R. Nowton A. Gray and A. Rhode* ; timekeeper, Mr E. E. Lelievre. Mr F. D. Kesteven viae appointed to represent the Canterbury Association at tho re j gatta.
New Potato Disease,—A peculiar disease has mado its appearance in Fornn of the Cambridge vegetable garde< s. According to the Auckland " Star," it attacks the potatoes, the first sign being a blackening of tho baulons just above the ground, the leaves, however appearing bright and healthy. In a few days the haulms have rotted right through and give off an offensive odour. In one patch of Early Puritan potatoes inspected a day or two ago, there were about one in every dozen roots destroyed through this cause, nod it appears to be a worthy—or unworthy—rival to the familiar Irish blight,
Water Beservoib.—When Mr Orbell was Mayor of Akaroa he was instrumental in having a number of beautiful sbrub? planted round the water reservoir. Mr Orbell carefully selected evergreens so that leaves and refuse should not be blown into Hi" wiler. Some of these shrubs have done wed, a..d a be.iutifnl pink rhododendron is out just now. However, the shrubs are swallowed ap in rank grass. It would only take a man a few bou-s to clear the growth about the plants, and we think the Council might well have the work done. , Tuk Destructive Weka—Many comj plaints are being made about the destructive , h&bits of the wek or wood ben. These birds have increased largely in numbers on the Peninf ula during the last few years, and they not only rob hens' nests about homesteads, but hill chickens and even do a great deal of damage in the vegetable gardens, It is an offence to kill one of these birds, a3 they are protected-like all other native birds, but their destructive qualities are rapidly making wekas the enemy oJ the farmer, Dali';) Whare—Mr R Powrie, whose tender for Daly's wharf was accepted by the Akaroa Borough Coumil waa in Akaroa last week, and i-igned the plans. Mr Powrie is waiting for the timber stranded at Wellington to be forwarded, when he will make an immediate start with the wharf. He hopes to finish the "barf six weeks after starting. Mr Powrie intends to drive the piles by an electric motor, the current to be supplied by the Akaroa Borough Council. King Edward -Memobials.—ln compliance with a request made by Queen Alexandra through the Minister for Internal Affairs to forward photographs of all memorials to the late King Edward VII., the Akaroa Borough Council has obtained a fine pbotogrpph from Miss J. Buckland of the Coronation oak in the Akaroa Domain. A brass plate on the oak bears the following inscription :— " Memorial oak planted to commemorate the Coronation of King Edward VII. on Angust 9th, 1902, by Mrs H, C. Orbell. H. C. Orbell. Mayor." Duvatjchei.lk Sports Meeting— A small, bnt rnthusiaslic meeting, was held in the' Council Chambers oa Friday night last to discuss the proposal of holding a sports mepting at Duvauchelle. It was unanimou=ly decided to form a Club, to be called the •'Duvauchelle Picnic Sports Club." A programme was submitted, and it was decided to make it chiefly horge events this year. Mr Prichard kindly offered tbe use of his paddock, and the gathering will be held on Bth January, 1914. Subscription lists are being taken round, and the residents are taking a keen interest in the Club by the way the lists are filing. Following were elected officers:— Patron, Hon. R. H. Rhodes, President, J. Gsfkin Ksq. Vice Presidents, Messrs R. Paton.J. Pettigrew.H. W. Piper. Committee, Messrs H. Barker, L. Barwick, J. Cairns, P. Cunningham, D. Curry, B; Cusdin, R. Johnstone, G. H. O'Callaghan, A. Frichard, T Mould, T. Wakelin, T. W. Wilk'ns. Becretiry and Treasurer, T, E. McKenzie.
LOCAL AND GENERAL, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4353, 2 December 1913
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