Anglican Puzzle

Some churches have a labyrinth but this church in Southland, New Zealand has a monkey puzzle tree! I’d love to know the history of the decision, to put a monkey puzzle tree right out front of their church 🙂 First time I’ve noticed this, and it totally delights me. The church is in a tiny rural town named Balfour on the Waimea Plain. St Albans, established in 1903.

We stopped here yesterday after I spied the tree as we drove by.
Saturday 01 January 2022.


Sunday in New Zealand.. this is my Sunday Special!

St Albans Anglican Church, Balfour

~ click on any photo below to enlarge

First .. church door hinge in sepia. Two doors have these hinges.

Approaching the church along the footpath. See the tree!

Beautiful! I saw a monkey puzzle in the east and I was enthralled 🙂

The path divides in two, each leading to a side door.
There’s no big main door, just side doors.

Entry gate and path.

A side door, right side of the church.

The left or south side of the church. The cold side!
~the direction where bad weather comes from in NZ

The north side or sunny side …

I fell for this little beauty, my heart loves this weathered little church.


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2022)

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  1. On one trip to Poland, I met a couple from the States who had hired a grad student to take them on a tour of wooden churches in southeastern Poland (apparently there are quite a few). This church reminds me of that time.I wonder what the inside looks like.

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    1. I wonder that too! I tried the door but it was securely locked. I did a brief search online and found a low-quality photo of the cloth-covered altar from the 1940s. Some of the window glass was coloured so I’d love to see the inside on a sunny day 🙂

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  2. Nice series, Liz, and I love that Monkey Puzzle Tree. Those hinges are fabulous, a bold statement on that church. Nice work on the sepia version. So interesting how simple the door handle on the same door is.

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    1. Thanks Ellen! The doors interest me. This door has a handle but the other door has none. The diverging path and different doors makes me wonder if one route is for clergy and one for parishioners. I wasn’t raised in a mainstream church so I don’t have any background in how they did things!

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      1. Interesting, and mysterious, on the door handle situation… those divergent paths could have been the case. I think that separating the two isn’t unheard of, but it work better with more physical space to separate them. In this little church the parties could all meet out back very easily without half trying!

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