The Eyes have it

From 2002 until the 2011 earthquakes I walked past the Heritage Hotel and down Westpac Lane every day on my way to work.  When I went that way last week I was confronted by a pair of eyes.

Another pair were in the space where my office used to be.

“The office site now in demise
is overlooked by pairs of eyes.”




Pleasing Pirates

The Natural Magic Pirates were the entertainment at today’s Holy Trinity Parish Fair in Avonside.  They are an inspired choice for an event like this, always entertaining with songs to suit everyone.  I’ve engaged them in the past for Volunteer Picnics, and would heartily recommend them.

Please note the creative percussion instrument played by the pirate on the left.

We bought a couple of DVDs (Stephen) and a couple of jigsaws (me), and met our newly elected M.P. for Christchurch Central.  It was good to be able to congratulate him on now being part of the Government.

Afterwards I intended to visit the Eastside Gallery‘s latest exhibition, but found they weren’t open until 12 noon (sorry, Robyn).

“The Pirates are a top notch band
with entertainment that is grand.”

King Edward Barracks

Kai Tahu have made a wonderful job of redeveloping the site where the King Edward Barracks used to stand.  The buildings surround a central park called Nga Mara o Te Wera (the gardens of Te Wera).

There are many lovely touches, such as the drawings of birds along the edges of the grassed area.

A sculpture of a shell by Virginia King is a tribute to Lisa Willems who lost her life in the February 2011 earthquake.

The original foundation stone for the Barracks has been preserved, and a plaque alongside says “The cry of many voices lost.  Forever held in our memories.”

One wall has many studs, each with the initials of one of the team who led the project.

This whole place demonstrates care and love in a way which is not often seen, and it is a pleasure to visit.

“The Barracks have emerged anew
with history acknowledged too.”

Coffee with Character

We chose the Black and White Coffee House for refreshment this morning, and I liked the ambience.  It’s a tiny place, opposite the Central Bus Exchange in Lichfield Street.  They say they can seat thirty people, but some of those would need to be out on the footpath.  One wall is covered in pictures, mainly portraits.

On the other wall is an eclectic collection of bric-a-brac on shelves that look like tables.

On our table there were two tiny coffee cups, each hostng a small plant.  I succumbed to the enticement of a Tiramasu Doughnut, and was surprised when it arrived on a board with a knife and fork.

I’ve never used cutlery to eat a doughnut before, but then it’s many years since I’ve eaten a doughnut at all.  It was rather rich, enjoyable, but I’d prefer a cheese scone.  I was told the doughnuts came from the Cake Eating Company.  There certainly wouldn’t be space at the Coffee House for them to prepare such delicacies.

A ‘Press’ was provided and I finished the cryptic crossword all except one clue, before we headed across the road to get a bus home.

“It’s good to try somewhere that’s new
a quirky place that’s diff’rent too.”

Champion Chives

Chives are one of my favourite forms of onion.  The garden clumps are flourishing just now, with plenty available for a breakfast omelette.

Omelette with lots of chives

Chives are a nutrient-dense food, low in calories but high in vitamin C and iron.  They are reputed to have number of health benefits, including prevention of cancer and mood enhancement, and must be eaten fresh to receive the maximum benefit.

Chives were originally brought to the West from China by Marco Polo.   They became popular in Europe not only for their subtle onion flavor, but because of the widespread belief that their leaves chase away evil spirits and disease.

“I relish chives at any meal
for me they have immense appeal.”

Red Red Rose

Dublin Bay Rose

The first rose is fully out – summer must be on its way.  This Dublin Bay climber was the first rose we planted when we moved in thirty years ago.  It peeks through the front fence and gives pleasure to passers by.

Dublin Bay is one of three roses named after the bays of Ireland by Sam McGredy and is the most well known around the world.  It has been rated as the No 1 climber by members of the New Zealand Rose Society since 1987 and shows no signs of being replaced.  Usually, it has double the number of votes of the next best rose.  I wonder how many of my readers have Dublin Bay in their gardens?

“It seems this rose is just the best
more popular than all the rest.”

Structure for Scape

A strange building has appeared on the riverbank near the Hereford Street Bridge.  The Glass Pavilion by Gregor Kregear is part of the Scape Public Art 2017 season.

It’s constructed from industrial waste materials considered not to be of use or commercial value: bricks of recycled glass, salvaged timber, and re-purposed neon lights.  “The work seeks to acknowledge ways in which the fabric of the destroyed city has in some cases found a new purpose, and pay homage to the fortitude and resilience of Christchurch communities, while also encouraging us to pause to consider the new forms of architecture repopulating the built environment.”

Apparently it’s lit up after dark and looks amazing.  Definitely worth a nighttime drive past.

“This shelter with its wooden roof
would possibly not be rainproof.”