February 18, 2014

Christchurch Hottest Day

Summer hasn't been brilliant this year but it tried to make up for it today here in Christchurch.

Christchurch has hit 33.3 degrees Celsius making it the warmest day of the year and the hottest place in the country - but it won't last.
Temperatures in Ashburton at 3.25pm were about 10C cooler due to a southerly change due to hit Christchurch late afternoon.
The southerly will bring much cooler temperatures but no rain.
MetService metereologist John Law said the clear, dry weather should hang around for the rest of the week though cloud was likely in the mornings and evenings.
Nothing like it to remind you how hard it is to function in high temperatures - I don't know how parts of the world cope with it! A huge relief to finally abandon the oven office and head home. Iced drink, sarong, a shady swing seat in the courtyard and a good book far nicer. Poppy certainly appreciated it... 

Lovely flowers everywhere...

Celebrated Valentine's Day with Jaz and Mark and the girls this week - champagne (in Margarita glasses), chocolate, takeaways and a lovely evening...

Have had a lovely couple of family days over the weekend with Mum and Dad, some long chats with my mother in England and a chance to stop after a full on two weeks at work starting our four new classes. Good to see the students all settling in. Soon be time for our Kaikoura dolphin trip again :)

A reflective few days ahead as on Saturday it is the three year anniversary of the big quake. So many changes. I watched "When a City Falls" again this week. Bittersweet memories, recognition of how much we have been through, how far we have come, and how far we still have to go.
Gerard Smyth's acclaimed documentary about the Christchurch earthquakes is the story of people coping — for better or worse — with the huge physical and emotional toll that the quakes, and continuing aftershocks, inflicted on them, their homes and their city. It began as a home movie while the devastation of September was surveyed (with thanks given that no-one had been killed); but, as shooting of the recovery continued, the February quake compounded the destruction and claimed 182 lives (including their researcher and 16 colleagues at CTV).
Christchurch will unite on Saturday and put flowers in the cones again in memory of it all and those who lost their lives.

I hope you will think of us all too.


  1. What you wrote there: "...recognition of how much we have been through, how far we have come, and how far we still have to go", was especially touching. You did not say "...how much we have lost". That seems to be the key to how brave and courageous you all are; you look forward, to the present and future which you can shape, instead of to the past, which you can not change.
    If I were to live in an area with so many earthquakes regularly happening, I am sure I would have cowardly left a long time ago.

    1. Thanks Mieke - many have gone, many will still leave - but are waiting for payments, insurance, finality. Others are committed to remaining where their lives are, families, work, friends. I still love it here. Despite all that has happened I still feel more at home here than I have anywhere else I have lived in New Zealand. I am lucky to be working in the hub of the developing central area where things will change, for the better in most cases. And my home, although over in the damaged east, is peaceful and safe. A lot to be happy about and thankful for :)


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