Some things just make you want to cry.
When we talk about the "red zone", we mean an area where the land is so badly damaged after the earthquake they buy out all the home owners. Just to the south of where I live many of the home owners have left the beautiful suburb of Avonside that runs along along the Avon river.
Seeing the land so bare just reminds me of how many people lost their homes and their community.
Just sad, sad, sad.
Tomorrow and all week the army are using the land next to us in the red zone of Horseshoe Lake for practice again - we have been warned to expect gunfire and pyrotechnics...
A fact of life after the quakes in suburban Christchurch!