Samuel Butler – I Thought It Very Beautiful

“I thought it [The Port Hills] very beautiful.  It is volcanic, brown and dry – intervals of crumbling soil, then wiry tussock of the very hardest grass.  Then perhaps a flax bush, more crumbly dry soil mixed with fine grass, then more tussock.  Volcanic Rock everywhere cropped out sometimes red and soft, sometimes black and abominably hard.  There was a great deal of a prickly scrub they call Irishman.  I don’t like the look of it at all.  There were some cattle browsing where they could, but it seemed they had a poor time of it”.

Samuel Butler ~ 1859
* World Famous Author*

 

2 Responses

  1. GILLIAN PORTER NEE ROYDS says:

    It would seem that the Port Hills have not changed a great deal since Samuel Butler made these comments.

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