Friday, February 5, 2016

Exploring day 2

Today hubby played golf and so I went off into the city and had a ride on the tourist tram, was  very interesting to hear the drivers stories...no building over 7 stories any more in Christchurch, and the cost of the repairs is just staggering, one building has had more spent in repairs than it cost to build the building in the first place!!!
cicadas have hatched and are singing away up in the trees...makes me remember my childhood, always a sign of summer to me!

outside the new council offices

Re Start...where the shops from the cbd are now, food places, cafes, cloths shops, banks, they are all here in 60 +containers and will be here for another year.

this might be me in my dotage taking the dog for a walk!!! Lol!!!!

there is a lot of street art on the walls of exposed buildings through out the city..some of it is most beautiful..


a wall of containers to protect the road as demolition happened.



these phone boxes are all over the city and they even  have phones in them..some also have free wifi


this old clock tower has been restored and had the legs strengthened since the earthquakes

and this pretty ordinary photo is a memorial to fire fighters everywhere...made from steel taken out of the ruin of the World Trade centre. 
Tonight of course is Friday Night With Friends....we are going out for dinner but later I will be sewing along!
Happy sewing.

10 comments:

Deb said...

Yes its all a bit different isn't it? I love walking round in the weekends looking at the graffiti art, there are such beautiful ones done and they change regularly as buildings come down and go up. They are hoping to retain some of them which will be good. I love the totem pole outside the council offices, I just think of the hours of work put into it. I haven't seen the old lady in the restart mall yet, I might have to go and have a look at her soon.
A continually changing city. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday.

shez said...

Hi Sue love your pics ,so glad you are having a lovely time and thankyou for sharing your time there,I will be stitching with you tonight xx

Jo said...

Such lovely photos

Ondrea said...

What an amazing post. I must have missed your last post and got quite a surprise to read that you were in NZ. We don't hear anything here about what Christchurch is doing. How clever to use shipping containers so businesses can stay open. Great pics and great info.

Pamela said...

I remember those crunchy cicadas hanging on the bark of trees from when I was a child too. Thanks for taking us along on your city tour.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Great post...thanks for showing us around!

Farm Gate Creations said...

I do love street art...sooooo creative

Leeanne said...

I am sorry Sue, i must have missed a post somewhere, looks like you are in NZ? Looks like you are seeing more of the country than I have!

Fiona said...

lovely things you have noted in your walkabout/busabout.... I love the quirkiness as well as the beauty
Hugz

Diane-crewe said...

you are obviously having a great time expoloring .. thanks for sharing the pictures x