December 12, 2017

Christchurch Cathedral - Six years on

I don't write much about the earthquakes, or the reshaping of the central city, which is remiss of me as there are many areas of the city that are worth writing about. Today, some interesting new footage of the state of the Cathedral has been released.....  taken by a rogue individual as the building is still far too dangerous to enter.  I feel anxious just watching it as we just never know when another quake might happen...

The eerie world inside one of Christchurch's most famous earthquake-ravaged buildings is showcased in new video footage from the Christ Church Cathedral.
As central and local government discuss altering legislation to allow the cathedral to be restored, an anonymous videographer has sneaked inside the wrecked central city building.
Under the name Gardxn City, the videographer posts videos and photos taken inside abandoned buildings and homes around the city on YouTube and Instagram. He and others accompanying him have visited the Anglican cathedral more than once.
His latest cathedral clip is called "Six Years On." Its only sounds are the flight of the pigeons as he arrives, then his shoes crunching through the deep, dried bird excrement, which covers many surfaces.

My father was passionate about the progress of the decision making that has happened over the Cathedral's fate... we always read the letters to the editor and the articles in the paper about it to him during his last few months, and he was not impressed over the decision to repair it instead of rebuilding it.  As an engineer, he knew the risks and felt a safer building, preferably made of wood would be more suitable in this earthquake-prone land. 

I will watch the outcome with interest.

You can READ MORE about the Cathedral Saga:
Majority against spending Christchurch ratepayers' money on Christ Church Cathedral restoration
Crumbling cathedral can now be symbol
Work could start on restoring Christ Church Cathedral before Christmas
Synod urged to restore cathedral

November 14, 2017

New Vases

People have been so generous in the past few weeks I had to buy some new vases - so I haunted Trade Me and the quirky local florist and got some lovely ones....   
Had to use my water jug to fit these beautiful flowers in from my friends - so it was where my hunting started

Our local florist had this tall green one which fitted the lovely flowers that my work kindly sent to me

No vase - Just Maddie getting into everything

This one from Canada came with its own vase - clever and very helpful :) 

And another new green one....waiting for the perfect bunch

Thhis one came in useful again this week  - such beautiful lilies from Kim and Paul  - must watch Maddie doesn't go near them on her travels! 

New tall clear vase.... and beautiful birthday peach roses from Mum

And we got other flowers... some were in boxes and baskets.
These came from my cousin in the UK for Mum

From my children this weekend for my birthday

Whatever the reason they were sent, when they arrived they made me feel a bit better after Dad passed away,  or this week for my birthday, just wonderful.  They have filled the house with heavenly scents and gladdened my soul.  Credit to the florists and a grateful thank you to all who sent them.
I may not get any flowers again now for a long time, but will still be filling these vases with roses and Sweet Peas from the garden this summer.

November 13, 2017

A weekend to remember

Dinner with friends Saturday night - Six decades....

Sunday lunch at Pegasus Winery, Waipara,  after a magical mystery tour

Perfection.....the boys all landed up dressed in blue :)

We didn't plan to dress in similar patterns.... 

Beautiful Gardens.  Many happy memories of visits here with Dad.

Almost all of us - Alex took the picture... the day had turned much colder.

Maddie with the lovely cards and flowers

I got to chat to some of my other family around the world and my brother and his wife in Vancouver, Work put on some afternoon tea today and then a final dinner tonight with has certainly been a wonderful birthday and very happy we get a short working week due to the day off next Friday for Canterbury Show Day, so I can recover then.... :). 

I will leave you with the photos my Mother says is her favourite photo of me.... Taken in Swanage - probably the summer of 1960. 


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