May 2, 2015

Flying over Christchurch central city....

I have wanted to fly over Christchurch for a better view of the rebuild and this page let's that dream come true...And you can zoom in.


Enjoy.... 



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April 14, 2015

Back to Sunny Nelson

I escaped the freezing weather creeping up the country and spent a few days in Nelson with Libby and Davy.  All I can say is it was brilliant timing as it is still very cold back here at home and I got lots of sun over there! There were no earthquakes either - which was a relief after two larger ones last week in Christchurch.
Here is what I missed....
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/polar-blast-continues-new-snow-warnings-southerners-6281680
The latest warnings come after the early wintry blast arrived in Christchurch and Wellington this evening after delivering the season's first snowfalls to Otago, Southland and Fiordland earlier in the day.
The temperature plunged to four degrees on the Christchurch Port Hills, winds have been gusting up to 100km/h and there's been hail at times. This is expected to continue tonight, with thunderstorms added to the mix and snow down to 200-300 metres on Banks Peninsula.
Some of the highlights from Nelson were;

Beautiful lunch at Petite Fleur... loved the platters so much I went and bought one later from Nelson Cooperage...


Red Wine Chocolate Mousse and Riesling Cheese cake -


Coffee with new friends - and home baking....


Beautiful pancake brunch at The Boatshed Cafe....on Wakefield Quay.




 We sat on the outer deck and watched the water beneath us...


Shopping at the Nelson Market and a new "Burr Bowl"....


What is a Burr bowl?

 http://www.creative-woodturning.com/woodturning-burr-bowls.html

Burrs (or burls) are the odd looking lumps seen on trees and are a result of abnormal growth within the tree. The grain pattern within these burrs is often full of whorls and swirls and the outer surface can have interesting peaks and shapes. It is the combination of unusual grain patterns, colouring and external shape that makes burrs so highly sought after when woodturning, for something out of the ordinary in turned wooden burr bowls.The irregular grain and shape makes the woodturners task a little more difficult but the results make the extra effort worthwhile. Natural edge turned burr bowls either have the bark on or off and each creates a different overall effect for the bowl.

We made it to Acoustic Routes Nelson on Sunday where Davy was performing with a few others - He was over here in Christchurch before Easter and then over at the Australian National Folk Festival in Canberra - performing with Helen Webby. Just amazing
http://folkmusic.org.nz/helen-webby-davy-stuart.php




 A wonderful final dinner with friends last night - that I was at Massey with, too many years ago to reveal, and a leisurely last breakfast basking in the sun today - a final shop and home.

Beautiful view of the snow on the Alps as I came back over - and a freezing wind to greet me. However, an ecstatic Poppy was in the car with Alex - and Jessie seems happy I am home ... she is well rugged on this chilly evening and the heat pump is going strong!


 A great week and an autumn holiday to remember :)



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April 6, 2015

Burwood and Horseshoe Lake by Drone- video



A new drone video has been released of the post earthquake red zoned area around Horseshoe Lake .. this shot looks across over our house - with the River Avon on the right, the lake draining into it hidden in the trees in the middle.
The small video shows the original housing - a big change from the large green area left today.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/67620380/eye-in-the-sky-captures-red-zoned-dallington-burwood









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April 2, 2015

Poppy... earning her keep

Poppy has been busy hanging out with a few classes as they learn how to examine and handle a dog.

Her ad would say "willing to work for treats". Thanks to the generosity of one of our students she has some extra special natural ones to work for.... and she got chopped chicken breast for lunch - thanks to more kindness from the Café.

So good to have a real pulse to feel and a dog heart to listen to, and a dog to sit on your lap in class.





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March 22, 2015

Avonside Then and Now - A Drone's Eye View


Some things just make you want to cry.
When we talk about the "red zone", we mean an area where the land is so badly damaged after the earthquake they buy out all the home owners. Just to the south of where I live many of the home owners have left the beautiful suburb of Avonside that runs along along the Avon river.
Seeing the land so bare just reminds me of how many people lost their homes and their community.
Just sad, sad, sad.


Tomorrow and all week the army are using the land next to us in the red zone of Horseshoe Lake for practice again - we have been warned to expect gunfire and pyrotechnics...
A fact of life after the quakes in suburban Christchurch!



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