February 7. Rain most of day. Went to Botanical Gardens and Museum in the afternoon, both of which were open, though trains do not run on Sunday. February 8. Start at 11:00am for Fairlie and Mt Cook Hermitage. Arrived at Timaru at 2:30pm, and at 4:50pm started on another train to Fairlie. Arrived 7:25pm. Crossed many streams all of which have channels a hundred times wider than their ragged currents wandering lost in broad beds of gravel glaciers. When the forests are destroyed most all of the bottom lands will be lost in gravel floods. All the finely cultivated Canterbury Plain seems to be underlain by glacial drift in endless abundance and coming to the surface here and there. Wheat just ripe on the main plain and in hills adjacent along line of railway to Fairlie. No trees in sight, save those planted; hill and dale covered with brown bunch grass. All except valleys is given to grain. Many pines killed by frost last winter; also gusty [?] Eucalyptus globulus. Minus12 degrees Fahrenheit.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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