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Remodelled Route

This morning I walked down High Street from Hereford to Tuam.  Everything has changed so much.  There’s a new grove of tree ferns on the corner of Cashel Street outside where the Holiday Inn used to be.

Tree ferns

Tree ferns

The Inn itself is now a large pool of water.

Lake Holiday Inn

Lake Holiday Inn

On the High/Manchester/Lichfield corner it’s good to see some trees have remained, and there’s a lovely bed of tulips and pansies.  They’ve gained a striped sheep, and across the road they’re busy erecting scaffolding ready for FESTA’s glowing installations.

Outside where Java Jive used to be

Outside where Java Jive used to be

“When walking down that street named High
there’s lots that’s new to catch the eye.”

Roses Relished

First rose

First rose

This Dublin Bay rose was the first to flower this summer in our cottage garden.  There’ll soon be many more, provided the aphids don’t get them.  I know you’re supposed to squash aphids with your fingers, but I’m not keen on doing this.  Another method is to hose them off, but our hose doesn’t quite reach to the front garden.  Maybe the birds will eat them all?

“The first rose is a welcome sight
which whets the aphids’ appetite.”

 

Passing Penguins

Melting Penguins

Melting Penguins

This mural on the corner of Oxford Terrace and Worcester Boulevard makes a statement about climate change.  By street artists, BMD, it shows penguins marching towards the edge of the ice, and melting as they go.  It was commissioned as part of the recent Ice Fest, which focussed on Antarctica.

“We need to combat climate change,
else all our world will re-arrange.”

 

The Green Room

The Green Room

The chair (Flora) and ottoman (Otto) were created from china donated by hundreds of people after the Christchurch earthquakes.  They have been lovingly mosaicked by a team of volunteers called Crack’d for Christchurch.  This Green Room garden at 599 Colombo Street was created by Greening the Rubble from plants salvaged from the residential red zone.  The Green Room project is a wonderful celebration of local history showing that what is broken can be rebuilt.

“We all had china break and crack
and here we get some pieces back.”

 

Heritage Hotel

To mark Heritage Week there was a display of vintage cars outside the grand old Heritage Hotel.

Vintage cars outside the Heritgae Hotel

Vintage cars outside the Heritgae Hotel

The Hotel, built in 1909 as a Government Departmental Building, is one of the few Category One listed buildings left in the central city.  Because it had been strengthened in the 1990’s it withstood the earthquakes well.  We were given a tour of the inside including this magnificent staircase.

Inside the Heritage Hotel

Inside the Heritage Hotel

The basement of the Hotel houses a gym and swimming pool.  Pre-earthquake I walked past on my way to work each morning, and could smell the chlorine from the pool.

After the hotel tour I walked home through New Regent Street and enjoyed the retro fun and music.

Musicians in New Regent Street

Musicians in New Regent Street

“It is a Christchurch privilege
to have a week of heritage.”

Payout Protest?

This installation caught my eye yesterday on Waimairi Beach.  Do you think it’s a message to a certain insurance company?

AMI sculpture

AMI sculpture

It’s made from driftwood tied together with seaweed.

“I couldn’t help but wonder why
they’d sculpted this clear A.M.I.”

Sharing the Shower

Yesterday in the shower I noticed a small black something in the corner.  I couldn’t see it clearly because I didn’t have my glasses on and there was water everywhere, but I suspected it was a spider.  By the time I’d finished showering it had gone down the drain.

This morning when I went into the shower I could clearly see a spider with long legs hovering high up in the corner.  I wondered whether she was looking for her lost mate.  I showered quickly, and she was still there when I’d finished, but by this afternoon she’d disappeared.

What will await me in tomorrow’s shower?

To quote an American Quaker:

“If you want to live and thrive
let a spider run alive.”

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