Living in little Otautau, our biggest neighbor is Invercargil. When people say "I'm running to town," what they really mean is they are headed to Invercargil where there are lots bigger stores, a movie theater, and some other things to do. One of the attractions (at least not in the winter time) is Queens park. It is a huge park set aside for the locals to enjoy. It is filled with many different trees, plants, flowers, duck ponds, and even a little zoo.
One of our favorite spots in the park, just inside the gate is the large rose garden. It was built up by various rose gardener clubs from around the region and has become a pretty nice display.
The rose garden has more types of roses than you can imagine. Every other rose bush is a different kind throughout the whole area.
We took dozens of pictures of the different roses, it's hard to pick just a few there were so many nice colors and different types...
Besides the flowers everything was very green. Little foot paths, paved or beaten, cut through the park in all directions.
A bronze statue sits in the middle of one of the path intersections. Someone had placed a fresh flower in her hands no complement the bronze one she usually holds. It sure brought her to life.
Another colorful one for you....
Rebecca has had a serious shortage of dogs down here. She worked with dogs at her last job and has been missing our dog Elsie at home, so anytime we see dogs she tries to play with them or at least watch them for a little while. She saw this pair wandering around a giant tree. They were to busy to be bothered that day though.
As we walked back to the main area of the park we noticed the pine cones growing right out of the side of the branches from the trees like little tumors. They did not grow at the ends of the branches but down the main trunk. It was different...
Next up the many adventures of Monica and Cindy!