Watering the elephants

Circus elephants in the AvonToday as a society we feel pretty strongly about circus elephants. Kiwi kids are less and less likely to have the chance to see a real elephant unless they go to Auckland Zoo or travel abroad.

In 1934 things were a lot different, and I have to admit it made Christchurch seem a pretty colourful place as shown by this picture of Wirth’s circus elephants being watered in the Avon river between the Armagh and Victoria bridges.

Townend House – my favourite Christchurch place

The first Townend begonia house in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
The first Townend begonia house

One of my favourite places is the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

I love the conservatories – Gilpin House with its freakish carnivorous plants and Townend House, filled with flowering plants (including a glorious array of begonias).

Townend House was named after Christchurch heiress Annie Quayle Townend. She owned ‘Mona Vale’ and funded the  establishment of  St Paul’s church in Glenmark.

Begonias in Townend House
Townend House today

More botanical delights:

So what’s your Christchurch landmark of choice?