September 8, 2016

What is the future for the Christchurch Eastern Red Zone?

Life without Jessie is settling into a new routine; sad but different. Her ashes have returned and in time I will think about where I want to put her - with Saffy's ashes that I still have here too.

One silver lining has been the fact that Poppy and I can explore further afield again. Much as I miss seeing Jessie enjoy her walks, we had become restricted in where we could go! I often walk along Locksley Ave to the boat sheds on the River Avon, which runs along the end of our road. Lately Poppy and I have explored many different banks and stretches of the Avon as it runs towards the sea and they all have one thing in common; they are Red Zoned and all the residential housing has gone. It means we have acres and acres of green land with trees and roads....  and the question is what will be done with it.
There have been many ideas.  This video explores some of them.  I'm not sure what is the best solution, but the video gives you an idea of what I mean about the size of the green space and the land that surrounds where I live.

I have posted before on how the landscape around my house has changed since the earthquakes... the latest update was in June if you want to look back.

August 14, 2016


Jessie 1999-2016

Seventeen and a half is a ripe old age and Jess has certainly earned her rest. She leaves a big hole in all our hearts and many years of memories.

We got Jess in June 1999 at five months old when she came from the dog pound to be speyed as part of our student surgical training programme. Once she passed the hell years of ages 1-4, she settled into a great companion. Saffy joined the family in 2003 and later we moved back into town. Poppy arrived in 2010.

I think Jess grew more beautiful with age- her coat got thicker and her beautiful  plume of a tail was more luxuriant - it all brought out the side of her that must have been Spitz/Keeshond/Husky rather than the Border Collie/Foxie cross she has always been registered as.

Not sure how Poppy feels about being an only dog - just a bit clingy so far, but I miss my trusty guard dog and companion.

Run Free Jessie Puppy xxxxx

June 12, 2016

Horseshoe Lake Update

It has been a while since I put up a progress picture.
Today I see a new series of aerial pictures of Christchurch have been I checked up on the one for our area.

This is the view towards our house which is on the rights side of the empty red zone.
- I left the river in to the right to orientate myself!

I posted a similar drone shot a while ago - but to see how it looked in 2011 go to

You can look at all the areas of Christchurch as a 360 aerial panorama too.

Today is Alex's 25th Birthday.  How fast the quarter century has gone !  What a lovely young man he has become.  Love him to bits and we have had breakfast out and the cake is ready for this afternoon.  :)
And I found a safe picture to use off his facebook profile!!!


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