Sunny Nelson lived up to it's reputation this weekend - I managed a four day break staying with my friends Libby and Davy. It has been a lot of fun - a chance to catch up with them and explore the area.They live in Richmond, on the lower slopes of the Grampian Hills looking out over Rabbit Island.
|Dawn over Rabbit Island|
|Sun rise behind the house|
|Davy is a Luthier - here he is creating instruments in the garden outside his workshop|
|Autumn Gourds at Eyebright|
On Saturday afternoon we went out to Mapua inlet for some more shopping in the lovely galleries there.
and fish and chips, from the Smokehouse, washed down with a light wine...on the wharf as the sun went down... luxury.
I flew home today into more torrential rain and cold weather. I hear the weekend has been lovely at home too but it was still wonderful to get away and have a change of scene.
I did finally see some road cones - a small scattering on the road to Mapua..
I didn't see any high-vis vests.
The roads were smooth and lovely!
There was no rubble or demolition or rebuild.
A really nice change.
Here are some of the before and after pictures of the city taken from it:
Google has also done its part to help us see this transformation:
|Durham St Before|
|Durham St After|
|Colombo St Before|
|Colombo St After|
|More Colombo St - Before|
|More Colombo St After|
|Manchester St Before|
|Manchester St - After|
|Durham St - Before|
|Durham St - After|
Google Maps is stepping into the world of time travel with a new feature that allows users to view historic images as well as modern ones.
The new Google street view was launched in Christchurch today showing the dramatic changes the city has undergone since it was flattened by the 2011 earthquake.
The new feature allows Google Maps users to see Christchurch as it was and as it is now all at the touch of a button.
Ross Young from Google New Zealand says the new feature will be a tool for showing the next generation Christchurch as it once was.
"Being able to show your grandchildren not only where you used to live but when you used to live and we think that's quite useful," he says.
The new historic image feature is not only showing the past but solving the mysteries of the empty lots.
Definitely a useful tool.
Meanwhile - Poppy is happy to have me home! The boys did a great job looking after her and Jess and the cats.... and I came back to a lovely tidy house!
Thanks Libs and Davy for a truly wonderful Nelson weekend xxx
See you again soon :)