We stopped for coffee and hot chocolate at the Boatshed Cafe. The surrounding bridge and road repairs were off-putting, but we persevered. Inside we found a very contented cat.
Maxine, the Boatshed cat
The sign beside her said: “Hi, my name is Maxine but my friends call me Max. I live here at the Boatsheds. I like to be patted, but if I’m curled up on my stool please let me sleep!”
“This residential cafe cat
when sleeping does not want a pat.”
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In Christchurch in September it’s traditional to take a walk along Harper Avenue and relish the beautiful display of cherry bloosom.
The blossom was absolutely breath-taking even in light rain.
Around the other side of Hagley Park there’s an amazing display of daffodils and bluebells.
Daffodils and bluebells
“Spring now is surely sprung entire
with all the blooms one can require.”
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At last there’s an attractive new building going up in the central city!
New building at 222 St Asaph Street
This commercial building at 222 St Asaph Street has a balcony with a balustrade and decorative capitals on the posts. Hurray! The style seems to be Regency Colonial, popular in Australia 200 years ago. The now-demolished Occidental Hotel was a similar style. This is being built by Miles Construction, but I don’t know what it’s going to be – maybe some form of hospitality venue? It’s the same building that has the painting of the Indian woman on the side.
“To see such capitals is good
and enhances the neighbourhood.”
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I’m enthralled by the BBC’s programme “Home Front”. It’s a radio drama set in Folkestone, England, in World War One, and tells the stories of a group of families, with an emphasis on women and the working class. There’s a short episode every weekday, based on real happenings on that day one hundred years ago. Starting on 4 August 1914 it’s planned to continue for four years. You can listen to a podcast omnibus edition each week, which lasts just under an hour. There’s been five of these omnibus episodes so far, so it wouldn’t be hard to catch up.
“Unmissable on radio
this is a truly superb show.”
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Car park sign
This sign outside Bunnings made me wonder where the car park is for those with a permanent disability?
“They cater for the folk less able
with slightly confusing a label.”
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My garden is full of blue flowers just now.
The bluebells were in the Cottage garden when we arrived, and flower faithfully every year.
The forget-me-nots came from my Mother’s Auckland garden, and are a lovely remembrance of her.
I planted the original grape hyacinths, and they have spread and spread.
The ipheions are a memento of Stephen’s years working at Yates in Penrose. They too have spread.
The blue polyanthus were new last year
When I picked a blue bunch for the dining table I couldn’t resist adding a few of the miniature daffodils I adore.
The fruit trees are starting to blossom. By next week our garden may be pink.
“The garden’s gone from white to blue
and soon there’ll be pink blossoms too.
Posted in Cottage Life, Seasons & Cycles | Tagged blue flowers, flowers, garden, plants, seasons | 14 Comments »
Today is the fourth anniversary of That Morning, when we were shocked awake by the first of more than 14,000 earthquakes. Today seems more poignant than some of the other anniversaries, and tears have been close at several times.
Our house is okay. I’ve learned to accept the changes in my lifestyle and community. Within a month our office will move to a new ‘forever’ home. And yet . . . .
The stories these days are more despairing and more hope-less. Some friends are still fighting with insurance companies. Others have had unsatisfactory repairs and lack the energy and will to challenge these.
Peter Townsend (Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce) is quoted today as saying that the rebuild is barely 10% under way, but “the perception runs right through the country that we are well advanced on our recovery”. A newly released video shows how the rebuild is progressing. And yet . . . .
This morning I found the first bluebell flowers. I’m sure they weren’t there yesterday.
“Whatever comes to me and you
these tiny flowers will still shine through.”
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