April 25, 2011

Easter in Christchurch and ANZAC Day in Hagley Park

What a glorious weekend.
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
Kia Kaha


  1. Canterbury looks beautiful! What a great time of year :-)

  2. I shall leave New Zealand with your words and the pictures in my mind. Thank you. I hope that things continue to improve for you. 'Speak' soon.

  3. So many prayers wers aid in churches across the UK yesterday. A reminder of ties that bind.

  4. What beautiful pictures of your park! Fall is certainly there!

  5. What grand scenic views! I still pray that the tremors in NZ will stop.

  6. Beautiful pictures. hagley park looks great.

  7. It is reassuring - and hopeful - to see there is still so much beauty all around you. Looks like a gorgeous Fall. We commemorate Veterans Day [Nov. 11th] and Memorial Day [used to be May 30th; now it's the last Monday in May], which started out as a day to honor the Union dead after the Civil War and morphed into a day to honor all our dead. Have to go look up ANZAC Day. The ANZAC's are, of course, well known and honored here for their WWII contributions, but ANZAC Day is not known here.

    Jed & Abby


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