July 13, 2014

Relaxation and Regeneration

Holidays -a hard earned mid semester break to replenish some energy for the rest of the winter.  Two new classes starting, three current classes on the go and heavy planning for the many changes ahead in the next 2-3 years.  Some of the plans are really exciting, some are just necessary evils that we know will create stress, but relocating and retrofitting buildings for earthquake codes is a city wide fact of life we all have to get on with! Like potholes, roadworks, delays, EQC, insurance problems..... despite all this some lovely buildings are rising from the rubble and the plans for the parks, waterways, lakes and rivers do offer long term hope for the city.

Some highlights from the past two weeks have been the end of term concert with choir - and a good audience despite some heavy rain... two lunches in the sun at Winnie Bagoes with some of the students to celebrate the holidays, lunch with my workmates at Baretta Bar to end the term - bliss.  This week an amazing farewell to friends at Pegasus Arms on Tuesday, big family dinner at home Wednesday just because... decadent afternoon tea at The Tea House in Lincoln with my parents on Friday and a wonderful 10 year reunion dinner with the class of 2004 last night at Trevino's.  Great bunch they are too....
Looking forward to seeing Jaz and Mark and the girls tonight :)

To offset all that excess I have made the most of the sun and taken the dogs out each day - although yesterday was grey and windy. I took them along the river to an area in the red zone - to a place I loved pre earthquake and was sad to see so desolate now. Locksley Ave looking across to the Kerrs Reach rowing boat sheds. Most of the houses have gone... a few stragglers remain, boarded and empty. It was good to at least see swans, ducks, geese and even shags in the area.

Poppy and Jess love all the extra attention... even when we are just watching TV they appreciate the company.  Jess is doing well for 15 and still loves her walks. 

Have a great week :)


  1. It is good to always have something to look forward to. All your activities sound like they make a chain of lights through what could otherwise be rather dark winter days.

    1. That's a lo Ely way of looking at it! Very true. The worst part of winter lies ahead still so some of that light will lead the way x

    2. Lovely way.... GB's spill chucker needed!

  2. Jess looks really good for her age. Even now and not having been able to get to Christchurch last summer (yours) I still feel strange when I read or hear about or see images of the desolation of the red zones.

    1. She's having some great twilight years ....
      Despite living in our new normal I can't get used to it either. The scale of it overwhelms me regularly.
      The recent screening of the Hope and Wire documentary has triggered memories for many too....still makes my hair stand on end and tears at times. A lot of real footage is used. No comment on the actual drama and it's caricature of the population!


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