A new mural has appeared on the site of the St Paul’s Trinity Pacific Church, just behind the re-sited White Chairs memorial on the corner of Cashel and Madras Streets.
New mural behind white chairs
I’m at a loss to understand its meaning. There’s a street art exhibition due to open next week. Maybe all will be revealed then? Does this mural mean anything to you?
“It’s brightly painted on the wall
and makes no sense to me at all.”
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Oxford Terrace has been cut off at the Barbadoes Street Bridge because of wastewater repairs. While repairs are going on underground the wastewater is travelling through a rubber bypass, which crosses Oxford Terrace and precludes traffic there.
The wastewater is being pumped up from a person-hole in the footpath, and presumably comes from the houses in Nova Place, including ours. I asked “our” wastewater workers, but they knew nothing about it because it’s being done by a different crew.
The wastewater comes out of this hole in the footpath
All this is a real pain for those still living in Hurley Street because they have to take the long way round Oxford Terrace by the river, a road that it is full of mounds and potholes. Some people were taking a shortcut across “our” field (the old Star and Garter site), but the owners put a stop to that with a chain and a padlock.
The chain stopped the shortcut
Yesterday I saw a vehicle sneaking across at another point where the chain fence must have been breached. I certainly can’t blame them. They’ve been cut off for weeks with little sign of progress.
“It’s maddening when your road is blocked
and your alternate way is locked.”
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This month they’re repairing the wastewater main right outside the cottage. Part of Nova Place is expected to be closed for about three weeks. Our section will be done using trenchless technology (i.e. pipelines), but further down the street the wastewater pipe will be replaced through open trenching. We’ve been warned to expect increased noise, dust, and vibration, and we’re not allowed to use our usual parking space.
They started by cutting a section of our footpath
Then they lifted up the slice of footpath
A big sucker truck was used to remove the earth
They sprayed water in the hole to make a sludge, then they sucked all the earth out. This way they can see where all the pipes and cables are. They don’t use shovels to dig things out any more because lines may have moved in the earthquake and there’s a danger that a shovel might cut something vital. We’ve been assured “There will be no expected interruptions to your existing water, wastewater, power, or telecommunication services while we undertake this work.” Does this mean there may be unexpected interruptions? I just hope they get it finished before Xmas.
“My feelings re all this are mixed.
I’ll just be glad to have it fixed.”
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This tangled old net had washed up on the beach.
It had a fine mesh, so is the kind that might trap small fish or seabirds. Air-breathing creatures that become tangled in such nets drown if they are unable to free themselves. We didn’t look too closely, but were glad that such a fine-meshed net was no longer adrift in the sea.
“A fine-meshed net should never be
allowed to drift out in the sea.”
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Tree trunk with barnacles
This tree trunk, covered in barnacles, had washed up on Waimairi Beach. To have so many barnacles it must have been underwater for a long time. Anne thought it might possibly be the South Pole. Perhaps global warming has melted so much of Antarctica the Pole may have come loose and drifted up to Canterbury?
Barnacles secure themselves head-first to any solid surface that gets covered by water, with a brown glue. This glue is so strong, the barnacle’s cone base is left behind long after the creature has died. Apparently dentists are now studying this glue for its adhesive properties. The barnacle, which is actually a crustacean related to lobsters, crabs and shrimp, spends most of its life standing on its head and eating with its feet!
“With climate change out of control
this log just might be the South Pole.”
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We made our annual appearance in the Santa Parade, along with hundreds of other volunteers.
The Boys Brigade had weird vehicles, including this Rocket
The Biking Vikings
Dancing Mice fro Sharon Howell’s Ballet School
The Mayor & Deputy Mayor were enjoying themselves
The Indian Cultural & Social Group had wonderfully colourful costumes
Here we are in our 1928 Model A
I loved these adorable Xmas puddings
“It’s fun to be part of this show
and wave at children as we go.”
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I love the invitations that come our way at this time of year, and I wish they didn’t all come at once. In the next couple of weeks I have more choice of social occasions than I have in two or three months earlier in the year. All this at a time when work is intense and I need my evenings and weekends to relax and catch up on things at home. Luckily the overseas cards and presents are organised and posted. I do appreciate the desire to celebrate the end of year and all our achievements, but we need festivities during the year as well.
“‘T would suit me better if we spread
our parties through the year instead.”
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