February 22, 2015

Four Years on Feb 22

I went out in the rain and collected flowers for the road cone. It's our pet road cone that we were given when the earthquake repairs were done on our house... but I will take the flowers to find a public one when I go out to lunch today.

We have made so much progress as a city. and still have so far to go. Life alternates between sadness for what we have lost and the excitement of getting out into the city and discovering the new places. There are new people in town and change is everywhere. You can mourn or get into the challenge so today I am doing both. A quiet reflective morning and then a vibrant lunch, with a large group of people from all over the world,  many of whom have moved here because of the earthquakes. I'm sure we will pause to reflect at 12.51 pm and raise a glass.

Ross Becker from CHCH EQ Photos did another aerial flight on Feb 15th - you can see the pictures in the albums on here.

Here is our area....
Horseshoe Lake Feb 2015

We live across the river on bottom left of photo.  A full community of houses almost gone now. 

On their facebook page Ross recently put this picture up of the progress in the city over the last 19 months -

 look at all the new builds....

Some of them are amazing...

Some clever interactive photos are also available to look at to show the changes:

We are still deciding on earthquake memorial designs... you can check out the choices http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/66291618/Christchurch-earthquake-memorial-designs-unveiled
Which would you choose?
I quite like 3 and 4...

Next week a new documentary is being released   "The Day That Changed My Life"
A powerful, uncensored, insightful and life-affirming one-hour documentary special built around raw, heartfelt, never-seen-before, interviews captured in the immediate aftermath of the February 22nd 2011 earthquake in Christchurch.
These moving accounts give us a uniquely personal perspective on what it was really like to be at the forefront of the tragedy on that fateful day.
Woven together with gritty, hard-hitting, archive and stylish dramatic reconstructions The Day That Changed My Life creates a confronting, compelling and poignant story of how the day unfolded for the trapped, the searchers, the rescuers, the hopeful and the grief-stricken.
You can see the trailer at: http://www.thedaythatchangedmylife.co.nz/

Not sure what it will be like, but will give it a go. No matter how well prepared we think we are, are just watching the trailer has been hard enough. The sights and sounds take us back immediately and the feelings return. There are often tears. I usually record them so I can stop it and dip in and out. These things take time.

There have been some other good films made - you can see excerpts from them on this website:

Meanwhile we remember in our own ways.

Kia Kaha Christchurch

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January 19, 2015

Summer and Paradise in Nelson

Back from a glorious few days with my friends Libby and Davy in Nelson.  Nothing like getting away from responsibilities, decisions, obligations and chores and replacing them with some fun and laughs.

Books, movies, sunny days in the garden and gazebo....

Great food and wine... Lunch at The Playhouse one day and later Fossil Ridge.

Nelson market, plus more shopping, shopping, shopping....  Enjoying the music from "evolving rhythms.com" at the market. 

Visiting Eyebright to shop and see the guinea pig village... 

And at Jellyfish Cafe on Mapua wharf where the coffee was strong and the muffins were fresh berries with a hint of stuff inbetween...the best I have ever tasted. 

Home to a blustery hot nor' wester and a faithful companion at my feet who was very pleased to find me at the airport....

Recharged and feeling ready for a new term... Or at least as much as I can be.

Thank you so much again Libby and Davy :)  
And thanks to the family for such a tidy house to come home to.  
Big hug to you all xx

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January 1, 2015

Been a while

It's been a glorious, busy month...and now a brand New Year has begun..

There have been lots of things to do with the students, interviewing new ones and getting results out as the programmes finish.. and of course celebrations, awards and a cosy present for Poppy -

There were birthdays - Jaz in November and Molly had a sleepover when she turned 10 and we had everyone for dinner just before Xmas to celebrate Mum's just over a week ago.

I got to enjoy three Christmas celebrations....
The first had 17 of us at Mum and Dads - friends and travellers from many parts of the world. A fantastic day :)

Poppy and I spent Boxing day with Jaz, Mark, Phoebe, Molly, Caitlin and Rosie sporting designer eyebrows! Turkey and pavlova and yums....

 We played Cleudo -

and finally a lovely dinner with Jo, Nick, Holly, Leighton and Luka and their three new kittens!

and all along, plenty of time to appreciate the flowers Alex has created in the garden, work on the house, explore the the lake and hang out with friends.

Pretty cool.

I hope your Xmas was as fun -
It's been an interesting year, much better than 2013! I look forward to whatever 2015 brings and wish you all good health and happiness.

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December 16, 2014

Thank you Christchurch

SCIRT (Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team) is rebuilding the city's earthquake damaged roads, fresh water, wastewater and storm water networks.

Some of the workers celebrated the halfway point of Christchurch's horizontal infrastructure rebuild with a song and dance...
This is great news - and when you watch it, think about the background to the scenes as they are a great indication of the reality of life in Christchurch - rubble, concrete, demolition and rebuild all happening.  Once the underground work is finished, the top level work can be done!

For more information on the process you can visit http://strongerchristchurch.govt.nz/
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November 27, 2014

The Last Goodbye - Memory Lane for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

For those of us who love the movies..

As we wait for the final movie of The Hobbit Trilogy to be released, the end credit music has been released. Sung by Billy Boyd, aka Peregrine Took....

A wonderful trip down memory lane.
And a tribute to Peter Jackson and his team.

It is incredible how many years New Zealand has been involved in the making of these movies - and how many people here have been involved in their creation. Not to mention the numbers of people who visit here to see the places it was filmed....

Made me quite tearful....

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