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On Sunday, the 24th March, 15 members set off to the Wyndham Gorge Road area. The weather was overcast, but remained good for photography all day. We met up with the Invercargill and Waimumu members at the Mataura Bridge.
Our “first port of call” was the Marairua Homestead, just south of Mataura. Mr and Mrs Glover are excellent hosts explaining in detail the history of the homestead. They have spent about 20 years of “hard graft” restoring this beautiful homestead from a wreck to what it is today. Also, a large horse stables at the back are at present being restored. These stable were built about 1880 and would house several horses (5 to 10 at least). A show jumping ring has been constructed and is waiting for a final sand coat to finish. The beautiful garden, ponds and lawns were a highlight.
The next place we visited was the Cummings Family Barn, just before Wyndham. This old barn was an excellent building to photography with plenty of old weathered timbers and rusty iron.
Next a tricky roads drive, away up the hills of Waiarikiki in the backdrop of Mimihau to the Bryson property, where we visited an old cottage (with an interesting stone chimney). It was constructed by the first family that settled on the farm in the late 1800’s. The cottage was great to photography, and we also had a very friendly fantail that enjoyed being photographed.
When we arrived at the Bryson’s we found that there was one car short. We had left Ali and her crew behind in Wyndham, but with cell phones Google maps, we were able to have her join us a short time later.
A visit to the tractor machinery club at Edendale added more interest. Lindsay D showed plenty of interest in a round, hollow, tapered end piece of metal. What do you think this would be used for?? Nobody could answer him. It is a tree splitter. You fill the tapered end with gun powder, place a fuse in the small hole down the side, drive into the log and light the fuse. I have used this type of equipment many times, he said.
Now on to the Lignite Pits, at Kapuku. Where we had a very enjoyable lunch/ afternoon tea and walked around the tracks. There is about 2kms of tracks to walk on.
As the time was getting on we choose to finish at the Pits. A very enjoyable day, with plenty of fun and stories.
Garden at the Kapuka Lignite Pits