October 25, 2010

A taste of summer in Christchurch

Hagley Park - Band Together from press.co.nz

Sun and music and a public holiday - bliss.

Started with a huge free concert in Hagley Park on Saturday..  all day, hot sun, alcohol free, great music, enjoyed by over 100,000 people there and many more watching on tv at home.
See more pix at http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/canterbury-earthquake/4266161/100-000-of-us-banded-together
Heat control!
The aftershocks held off during the concert, but yesterday we got a good one - interesting because it was a strong 4.7 shake, centred just offshore to the East not far from our home - completely the opposite direction to the usual ones. Hmmmm!

You can see more info on this, and all the quakes at Christchurch Quake Live.

Today we decided to celebrate a day off and take Jessie to the Waimakariri  River for a walk... and landed up following it east into Brooklands that you can see at the top part of the map above. We have been avoiding the area because of the damage and to avoid being rubberneckers but just landed up there - eventually we found somewhere to stop and explore the river.. but less of the water and more of the cracks and liquefaction!

Not sure if this was new from yesterdays shock nearby, but there was plenty of damage and damp mud around.

We made our way back to the boat ramp - lots of activity and fast flowing water.  There are still notices everywhere to remind us of possible post-quake sewage contamination, but it looked nice and the guy on his jet ski was having fun :)

Great weekend - and lots of time with family and friends as well.
Hope you all had a great weekend :)


  1. That was a great concert Wasn't it I thouroughly enjoyed it. We were standing in the back of the first part and had a good sight. What a lot of people.
    That is quite a break on that picture. I felt the quake and had a coffee with a friend. Our table was going up and down Lots of big ones lately

  2. I'm glad that you had a good and relaxing day. However your posts continue to bring home to those of us not directly affected just how 'real' the quakes still are in the area.

    Mind you by the end of the week I should be about 18,000 kms nearer (to be more accurate I should say that round the earth's surface not through the middle!)

  3. What the hell is going on with all those shocks??? It all seems a bit odd to me! Lovely pictures though, those cracks are huge...I'd be scared stiff to go out.xxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. Fascinating to see the fissures. Thanks!

  5. How did I not know you are from NZ????

    My goodness - where has my mind been?

    Do you know Mickle? Sounds silly I know!

    Have paid a lot of attention to this quake because of Mickle in Wellington. She sent me lots of links to look at. I am amazed that earthquakes are a regular part of your lives. At least you don't have snakes.

  6. whos the elderly gentleman in the picture? :)
    me thinks the guy on the waterski will get pink eye and Ds and Vs, luckyman. Awesome pics hun wow that crack is huge!!! Glad its not near our houses aye.

  7. Very glad, although the ones at our lake are pretty deep now!
    Elderly.... He is suitably unimpressed lol

    Thanks Marja... Been an interesting few weeks for us all.

    Aims sent you an email.
    Welcome back to NZ GB
    Hugs to Wilf Angus
    Loved the Chicago trip Suldog.... Great account.


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