Christchurch: the day after I arrived MD drove me into the central city. Although not as close to the epicentre of the main quake as some areas of Canterbury, the central city suffered through closer aftershocks and because of the combination of old building and unstable foundations some of the citys older style buildings were badly damaged. Down every main street there was buildings dotted here and there with scaffolding around them or in the worse case scenario had already been demolished. What struck me was the seeming randomness of the damage – one building would be condemned while the one next to it of similar vintage would be fine. Others would look fine from the vantage point of one street then you would turn the corner and see major damage to the roof or walls. It was quite sad to see the landscapes of streets that I had walked or driven down changed forever by the quake.
Clearing out: Thursday and Friday were mainly spent helping MD sort out what she was keeping and what she was chucking away and starting to pack it in boxes for the move.
Cuisine, Culture and Coleridge: I spent the weekend with Bro and we had a really lovely time . We went to the Lyttleton Farmers Market on Saturday morning. Lots of very yummy food. Then in the afternoon Niece B and I went to the Christchurch Art Gallery where there was a Ron Muerk exhibition.
On Sunday Bro and his wife took me for a drive up by Mt Hutt and the Rakaia River. Approximately only an hour across the Canterbury Plains this is where you start being in amongst the ‘foothills’ of the Southern Alps. We stopped in the Rakaia gorge for a picnic lunch then drove up to Lake Coleridge Lodge for coffee – Bro has made friends with the owners here of the converted hostel for the power station which is now the lovely Lake Coleridge Lodge. I feel I too made new friends that day and will definitely be back to stay with OH
Definitely coming back here!!!
Cleaning: Monday and Tuesday were spent more clearing and cleaning with MD. The removal van arrived Tuesday morning to get all the furniture etc.
Crash: MD and I had ducked out to Rolleston for lunch after the removal van left and had the misfortune to travel behind a truck which had a loose piece of metal that flew off and hit MDs windscreen. It was some sort of cylinder approx 6-8 inches round and about 4-5 inches deep – sort of looked like some sort of filter. It gave both her and I a hell of a fright as it struck the windscreen and if it hadnt been for the fact the point of impact was right where the rearview mirror is attached to the windscreen the whole windscreen would have shattered. So dealing with insurance and getting it repaired got added to MDs already stressful list of things to do before she drove back.
I flew home on Wednesday afternoon with Halo (MDs shitzu/poodle cross)