Four days of sun, relaxation, family and chocolate. What more could you want.
Earthquake? What earthquake.... apart from the usual regular shakes, and there have been a few over the week, we have avoided any actual signs of it in the city and escaped to the west, enjoying the sun and glorious autumn colours.
We really enjoyed the break because we expected there to be bad weather at the weekend and spent hours gardening, painting, clearing gutters and going to the dump. Instead we got sun, well until today when the rain has returned, but enough to feel a real holiday atmosphere. Somehow the earthquake made us all feel cheated and lying about in the sun has not been something we have felt able to do for weeks....
|Daddy's girl....turns out he isn't safe around prebuscent girls but I didn't know that when this was taken!|
|The sleepout. Painted, weeded, gutters cleaned....|
Today, a local city council member posted on the Earthquake Recovery Pictures site on Facebook these beautiful pictures, taken this weekend, of Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens. Just so you know that much of the beauty we relish about Christchurch still exists, I am putting them here for you too.
The Anzac Day service was held in Hagley Park this morning instead of the usual venue of the square outside the cathedral - which is still in the Inner NO GO red zone.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them
Rise up Christchurch