"FROM THE HILL TOP."
A contributor Writes; —
"I am writing from ft height*, ol 2,500 feet above the sea level, and enjoying quite the moat charming oi pretty viewa seen on Banks Penin pnla—Akarora Tbe way was lons** — find (he time loDg—but just to be here repays any effort spent in arriving. A happy resting place ia made by a smooth topped boulder very eimilar to a chaos of others which are strewn over this rugged plateau ; which at last projects into a towering peak, beneath where lie—perhaps—ngpcfced by tbe giant; in tbe building of bis fortreß-a buge scatter stones. LackiDg tbe spirit tbat must bave made it splendid, alas 1 now it presents only a tumbled heap of ruin. Tbe only inhabitants now are gentle eyed bovinea browsing on the luscious grass wbioh even at this height grows luxuriantly between tbe sheltering rocks and on tbe wind swept slopes. Tbey look at, us wondering as if inquiring if we have come to invade the sanctity of j their hitherto unbroken quiet A* pair of hawks circle ronnd tbe highest point. One doe 3 not like to think why tbey are there It is ft wonderful pxperience to be above clouds. They -tretcb here, there, between the hills iika thousands of white fleeces all joined together in one unseamed whole. Then tbe sun by some higher cloud, hidden, sends starting rays through, 'urning it into a silver fleece, or per« haps dispelling into a tbin mist. The haze settles over the bills, that' the sun is leaviog behind on its journey west. Nov? it is behind a cloud and the Bhadows deepen into ruflfcdons on the still faCH of tbe waters of tbe harbour. Now it is ou'., »gaio sofdy tinting the hills with Durple and giving a clear if distant outline of blur* that is not <bf bine of
he sea hub of the distant Alps When he sun again shines fourth ibey gi-iten white The feeliDg of wonder is stilt with me; To be bo trine!! nhove nverytbing else around nib fc-'moke issues from a him a e huMei. in the trees below in a long uncurling line. We are above it Hills -irelch about ns and and numerous homes are to be seen in neatly en c'o3ed gardens. We are above tbem too. In is just a great relief map .pread out below us—mostly drab sometimes in colour, where Autumn 'as laid a mellowing hand on the poplars and willows, and here and here where a red roof shows up os a red smudge of colour. The reservoir is just a glass slide in a frame of green Tbe launches around the wharf look about an inch long Occasionally one of tbese inch lons, specks shoots out from the wharf with a faint chug chugging, leaving a faint fan shaped ripple after it Ab ! He™ i-otaes King Kol with his silver brush. This time he paints the sea in ir j ■egular parches of light, that blend?, enough, -with the green that lies in the shadows or close to tbtedge. It is tbe ever, changing, ever fi ful light aud shade tbat mak*--* it. ail •H> faoinating, giving sucb variety a= to almost change the scene, thus ruak ing it endless. But we must choose on'y a flower here and a leaf there to make a charming boquer, which, if hut ciudely arranged by 'he gardener carries at least a simple bappy tries sage to tbe student of Mother Nature, whom be loves in all her wayward vagaries, not allowing familaiarity to dog bis enjoyment; but keeping each delightful phase before his retina Bo be cariies bis picture, with him neatly folded and stored in grey matter to appear vividly again when some trick j of memory harks back to a once' familiar scene. And now the other j side of the picture, which is nod can vas backed, a3 you might suppose, but a rugged replica of the one we bave been enjoying , also, its bays are dif ferent, sharply outlined by storms that have taken away the natural smoothness and gradual ascent. Here are lonely homesteads on sheep-dotted hills, and that is all, but the back ground extends as far as the- eye can see, ocean stretching to meet the ■ horizon in one vast semi circle of white and blue."
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"FROM THE HILL TOP.", Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3543, 9 May 1916