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Location: Masterton, New Zealand

I survived school history despite the best efforts of the education system to bore me to death. Many years later, I discovered Treaties, dates, the movement of nations, are mere context. The fascination is in the details.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Middlerun farm
Joined the annual pilgrimage, on Sunday, to Middlerun farm near Carterton, to pick daffodils. This has been a local tradition since 1920 when the Booth family first opened their property to the public. The flowers were planted in 1890 by Alfred Booth, farmer and daffodil breeder, and now cover about 3 acres.
A bunch of 24 blooms cost $NZ4, all proceeds to charity. The weather was perfect and I was surrounded by overseas tourists, daytrippers, and locals, picking and photographing in equal measure.

The open day has been incorporated into Carterton's Daffodil Festival which includes a street market, art and flower shows. An excursion train was laid on from Wellington, pulled by the magnificent "Gloria" - a 180 ton J Class steam locomotive built in 1939 - owned and operated by Mainline Steam.
More photos at Flickr.


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