September 10, 2017

Spring in the Christchurch Red Zone

Poppy and I walked along the river and through the "red zone" today.  This is the suburban area along the Avon River that has been cleared of housing due to land damage post quakes of 2010/11.
It was a lovely taste of spring before the bad weather hit this afternoon, which was expected as the three Alpine passes around us have been closed due to snow this weekend.

Walking in the red zone is bittersweet; so many lost houses, homes, lives, and plans. We enjoy the extensive park left behind,  but it still has a graveyard feeling, a lingering feeling of loss for those who have lost the right to call this beautiful place home... but the remaining plants and trees are still enjoyed by many people

South to the Port Hills

North towards my house

Note the cat feeding station under the trees for the "Red Zone Cats" - the abandoned, wild, lost pets. 

Loving the green on the trees

It has been a long winter - my father has not been well and I had some months off work.  Poppy has been a wonderful companion - often snuggled on Dad's knees.

and I have a new love... Maddie.  She is polydactyl so she has fat feet with thumbs... and has been a lively addition to the house.

Sorry I have been gone so long - I still read lots of your blogs and will try to pop back here more often! 



  1. Good to see you. Sorry your dad hasn't been well. Never heard of a cat having a thumb He looks sweet. I love this time of year. All the colours. I haven't been to the red zone for ages. Must indeed be a strange feeling. I do like how the city centre is developing.

    1. HI Marja - yes the colours are beautiful. So much to explore in the centre now too so planning a good walk round to new shops and developments. A whole new world rising from the rubble. I hope you are well :)

  2. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to read your post. I'm only just getting back into Blogland properly after a very strange month. Oddly yesterday I was looking for a photo and that involved trawling through my first visit to Christchurch in 2006. It brought back so many memories as has this post of yours. I do hope that life gets back onto an even keel for you and for your City.

  3. Isn't it nice to see Spring growth now for us kiwis. I read your comment over at Pauline's blog about how you use to live in Whangarei, I lived in Mangawhai heads for 20 years. Anyway just saying hi.

    1. Hi back Amy- I missed this comment at the time! Hope you had a lovely Xmas and New Year :)


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