August 10, 2014

Weekend reflections and relaxations

Weekend's.. how I love weekend's.
And the sun is shining, again.
A chance to relax, reflect and appreciate. Have a lie in...

Go to the beach....

Last Sunday Jaz and Mark came over for lunch with the girls and Mark and Alex fixed a few things round the sleepout... while the girls used all the technology and Jaz and I had a chat.

then my parents and Kirsty arrived for the afternoon and dinner. A whole day with lovely people. Bliss.

It was also the weekend when we finally got to try the new chocolate - and can recommend it !

 We met at Strawberry Fare restaurant for book club this week.... great conversation and a dessert menu to appreciate - and we did....

Friday meant a quick business trip to Wellington - delayed by de-icing the wings as the southerly storm approached, memorable for the random sideways movement of the plane going up that made holding the arm rests necessary, and the lurching, falling sideways, floating and drifting sensation on the windy turbulent way home that made many people reach for their paper bags. Sigh.

Thursday August 7th - my brother's birthday - Happy Birthday Al :)

Winter makes a vicious comeback

Winter has made a vicious comeback, with gale-force winds and snow hitting the south of the country today and more of the same expected.
Strong winds with gusts in excess of 100 km/h were recorded across many parts of the lower South Island throughout the day.
MetService meteorologist John Law has warned that strong winds were set to continue and severe weather warnings remained in place for inland parts of Canterbury ahead of a front moving across the country.

Pleased to say it was all over by Saturday morning here and although a bit cool, we are having our second day of sunshine...

The day I went to Wely, Aug 8th, actually Al's realtime birthday as he lives in Vancouver and they are a day behind us... and was also Mark's 40th Birthday so we managed to celebrate that properly on Saturday... starting with a lovely family dinner  at Styx and Stones and then home for cake(s). "Uncle Mark" was very popular with the kids when the cakes appeared....later served with ice cream.

Caitlin made this lovely collage for her Dad
 The girls are growing up so fast.....

The Christchurch rebuild moves on slowly....
some interesting things about it this week were a word collage put together by Rebuild Christchurch on their facebook page asking people to say one word about Christchurch at this stage.
Please note that while everyone struggles with the practicalities of the demolition, the waiting, the insurance hassles, road works, traffic delays and the mess, it is still HOME.

 and there are still positive things to reflect these words from the last 30 days of posting to their site show

I found it very hard the other day to drive to work down Manchester St past the final remains of Shooters. That night Rebuild Christchurch posted this picture of it . So many memories of the great nights at the clubs and bars on that corner - Shooters, Boogie Nights, Sullivans, Loaded Hog and Grumpy Mole - all gone.

Extra panful to know why they have gone -
Christchurch clubs Shooters and Boogie Nights will be demolished to make way for the eastern frame.
Owner Richard Bethune said despite Shooters being an "easy fix", the clubs would be acquired by the Government as part of the central-city blueprint scheme.
Boogie Nights is made up of three interconnected buildings, one of which would have needed to come down. If he was allowed to repair his clubs, both could have reopened.
"It's so frustrating. Instead of just fixing these perfectly good buildings, they're tearing them down for a park."

Meanwhile there are many major proposals being surveyed for the entire Eastern part of the city.

Locals - get on Eco Space.

Have your say about which proposals you want, or don't want.

I don't mind the rowing lake or the kayaking white water area at all, but really not sure about taking away our golf course for the site for the two schools :(

and finally - a wee thought to my friends Libby and Davy who lost their beautiful dog this week.
Running free from pain - but sorely missed.
RIP Rowan

"Vale -Fairbank Handmade Blue - 19.11.1999 -- 7.8. 2014"


  1. Great post Fi.

    What an absolutely beautiful dog. Love to Libby and Davey.

    1. Great night yesterday - thanks Jaz :)
      And I remember when they got Rowan - he always has been utterly beautiful.

  2. Great pictures and lots going on to tell us about!
    It can't have been very cold on the 8th - the girls are in sleeveless dresses, looking very summery to me :-)
    Was that chocolate really pink? What did it taste of?

    Sorry to hear aobut your friends losing their dog. He was nearly 15, wasn't he, so that is a good ripe age for a dog, and I am sure they will never forget him and the joy he brought to their lives.
    My Mimi (white cat with green eyes and pink nose) died more than 12 years ago, and I stil think of her often, and also of my second cat, who died 2 1/2 years ago, still miss her.

    1. We have had some lovely sunny days and 20C weather so there have been plenty of shorts and t shirt days.
      The chocolate was pink and was lovely - sort of like white chocolate I guess with hundreds and thousands cake decorations - we made short work of the bar between three of us anyway....
      Our pets tend to leave footprints on our hearts that never go away.... and yes Rowan was a good age for a large collie and his arthritis was getting worse. They will miss him terribly.


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