Show day in Canterbury, where town meets country, filled with racing events, the Canterbury Show. I see Charles and Camilla will tour the rubble today... then finish at the show to give awards.
I think this photo from Christchurch Daily Photo sums up the feeling of the juxtaposition of normal life and ruins...
Rather dramatic looking isn’t it? And for me, it’s rather a neat synopsis of how odd it can be living in Christchurch – what with the red bus tours of destruction, the tourists peering over the fence, while nearby shoppers are shopping and office workers are lunching! For those of you who don’t know, the red bus is in the ‘red zone’ which normal people can not visit unless they have a pass to the zone or catch a red bus tour of the red zone. See I told you living in Christchurch could be odd at times.Yes the roads are still a mess in the eastern side of the city. A very deep sinkhole appeared and blew up my friends car tyre before she could avoid it ... we get the impression much of the roading is now deep holes, where the liquefaction water has gone and left a hollow, covered in a layer of asphalt!
Cranes still dot the skyline, demolition in the CBD is still going strong, and now they are starting on the red zoned houses. So sad - a whole aspect of life here that doesn't get the same publicity but is a continuing tale of personal stress and heartbreak recurring all over the area. Spare a thought for them. The poetry and messages left on the walls of the houses as they leave them for the demolition crews is a reminder that these homes have history, that they are loved and people do not leave willingly.
Life is filled with ups and downs. I will focus on the ups and relish these pleasures.
Barbecue tonight at friends...
Tomorrow afternoon, Alex returns home.
Celebrating his return and my birthday over dinner with the rest of the family...
It has been a busy, but rewarding week.
I took some of the students back to visit Peacock Springs this week - another great day holding a tuatara and seeing the sights...
We also had another final dinner for the vet nursing class. A wonderful night of awards and flowers and many great memories.
Thank you for a great year.
And for my lovely flowers and presents ....
Poppy thought they were special too :)