Monthly Archives: December 2012

inside the red zone

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yesterday I finally went into the centre of Christchurch and saw for myself the devastation of the earthquakes. I took a red zone bus tour, the only way you can enter the cordoned off areas, as a lot of the CBD is a working demolition site. 

thanks to the efforts of the people who run the CHCH EQ Photos page, on facebook, I found I was able to cope with most of what I saw, as I’d seen the progress through their lens. however a few things still brought a tear to my eye.

this memorial to all those who lost their lives, which is located across the road from the site of the CTV building.

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and of course the state of the Cathedral.

this is what it originally looked like –

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then, this was it prior to the June 2012 quake when the front was braced to try and protect the rose window. however, in the June quake the bracing actually banged into the front of the cathedral and destroyed the window-

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and this is what it looks like as of yesterday –

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good excuse for not being around much……

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I’m in NZ!!. i landed 3 days ago, and am still getting my body clock back in order!. 

I wont be joining in with Slow Living Essentials this month, or next mostly, but i hope to pop round others blogs and see how they are getting on!.

I’ll do a post on my lapbook this week i hope, as the inside is decorated and ready to be used, however the cover still needs working on!.

for now i’ll share this picture – a pohutakawa, called the NZ Christmas tree as it blooms at Christmas, aka, the bottle brush tree!.

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