September 26, 2012 … old among the new

In the wide open spaces between Queenstown and Arrowtown, there is more concentrated affluence than I have seen anywhere else in New Zealand.

Beautiful houses in beautiful settings, they are for the most part beyond the wildest imaginings of most New Zealanders. Many of them have ancient artefacts artfully strewn here and there, in seeming casual placements that probably cost quite a lot to achieve.

Wagon wheels - MillbrookMy son took me for a drive in that area yesterday, and we paused for a coffee in the Millbrook Golf resort. Old wagon wheels and farm implements bearing no obvious connection to golf presented photo-opportunities. From there, we went on to a place called Thurlby Domain. This was one of the early grand houses in the area from the time of its construction in 1872 until its fall into ruin around 1946.Remains of the big hose at Thurlby Domain

Another house is on the property now, but the ruins have become a favoured venue for wedding photographs.

Gardens of Thurlby DomainThey are certainly appealing, in a lovely garden setting. Willows and poplar sit comfortably in a large open lawn, surrounded by pines  and other trees. A pretty stream tumbles over a series of man-made weirs and reflects the trees behind.

Some of the old agricultural buildings of the estate still stand more or less intact. Farm workers cottages, stables, cow sheds and barns all reflect the European style of farming which must have been the norm when this estate was in its heyday.

Unfortunately, the day was overcast, and the light flat.  I have formed the definite intention to revisit this again in the future in early morning or late evening, on a fine day. old farm building with artfully strewn artefacts

The public seem to have free access to what is private property, though there is apparently a charge for its use as a formal photography venue. In other countries, I suspect the ruins would be fenced off for fear of lawsuits if anyone got hurt.

Here it was a joy to get unfettered access.


About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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4 Responses to September 26, 2012 … old among the new

  1. John Titchener says:

    Your final picture, of the old wooden dray, reminds me of our trip to Canada.
    In Winipeg, Man, we saw the only example still in existence, of an all-wooden Red River wagon.
    In Regina, Sask, we saw the only example still in existence, of an all-wooden Red River wagon.
    In Moose Jaw, Sask, we saw the only example still in existence, of an all-wooden Red River wagon.
    In Saskatoon, Sask, we saw the only example still in existence, of an all-wooden Red River wagon.
    In Calgary, Alb, we saw the only example still in existence, of an all-wooden Red River wagon…

  2. Cliff says:

    Are you sure that the ‘aged wood’ was not in fact a plastic replica? (He asked, cynically).

  3. Sally Wallis says:

    We are enjoying the pictures of Queenstown very much. We also have fond memories of that part of the world, Sally as a child and young adult and “Chico” on our visits there. Makes one a bit homesick.
    We remember our visit with you in Wellington about four years ago, you proudly showed us around Wellington.
    Sally and “Chico” now in Ottawa Canada.

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