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  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Hebe,

    Thanks Hebe, it was a little under-done, but lovely anyway. (Rip-sticks instead of surfboards. Family dinner at the Joyful… )
    Yeah, I so understand that ‘demands have lifted’ feeling! Even though they haven’t really, a change is as good as a … change :-)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Ha. Monday, 4th. Turned 11. Can't believe it really.

    I'm afraid of jinxing it, but since starting Intermediate this year, they've been the happiest kids around. They love the school. Kowhai, FTR. Feel incredibly lucky.

    Anyhoo, what was that about our own thread? ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    More from New Brighton pier.

    Fishing.

    Catch of the day.

    Happy fisher-people.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to JacksonP,

    since starting Intermediate this year, they’ve been the happiest kids around.

    Yay! Can't beat it.
    New school for year 8, and so far, touch wood, also going well for thing one and thing two. Though they wanted a day off Wednesday because some of the *boys* decided it was 'hug-day' and they didn't want to get boy-germs :)
    (sorry, thread moving sideways, ahem! lovely pier pics!)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    Lovely photos from both my home towns!

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to JacksonP,

    Anyhoo, what was that about our own thread? ;-)

    Double happy?

    Ours are really happy too; the dreaded year 10 has arrived and they are, at least to the family, lovely (not saintly). Mostly. Well sometimes they aren't; but not seriously unlovely if YKWIM.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    some of the *boys* decided it was 'hug-day' and they didn't want to get boy-germs :)

    No fear of that in our 'hood. I sometimes wonder if the pair will end up living together in an island castle all their lives: they just don't have a strong need for others.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Lilith __,

    Thanks Lilith. Better now. I didn't want to whine at the time else I wouldn't have stopped ;-) Looks like you all had a fine and productive time.

    We stopped by the Pallet Street market on the way home. Mr D was there with his wares (and I will hold him responsible for the moral degeneration of my angels from now on as their father loaded up with Viz). It was really very good: a cool spot, a very warm and sunny early evening, good stalls in the main (not tat, not poncey, just right) and people dropping in for browsing and socialising. Queen Victoria was watching over it from her plinth in Vic Square.

    The Square was originally the market square for colonial Christchurch, and Maori used the area before that, so this evening seemed a satisfying completion of an historic circle of burghers winding down at the end of another week in a pioneer town.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette, in reply to Hebe,

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    Hi Hebe - I too got Viz at the Pallet Pavilion Vintage Market! And a catgirl mask for the bairn.

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 221 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Kebabette,

    And a fine woolly jumper for me. I wish I had bought the green teapot....

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    The Bats video (apologies if it has been posted before ). I thought I was over the sad but this is so good. It captures the feeling like nothing else I have seen.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10869529

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Hebe,

    It captures the feeling like nothing else I have seen.

    Yes, seriously, I cannot recommend this enough for conveying the atmosphere of now, here.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Yes, seriously, I cannot recommend this enough for conveying the atmosphere of now, here.

    That is kind of the feeling I got walking through town at night between Pomeroys and the Motel on the other side of the CBD. Beautifully shot video. Wonderful song.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    I like that he found the uplifting (the angels on top of the Basilica ruins still there; walking in the sun by the river and rotunda) among the carnage. I still cannot figure out where that phoenix palm is/was. All beautifully shot, I agree.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Hebe,

    That phoenix palm has me foxed also!! I keep thinking it's on the High/Manchester corner but don't think it can be.

    What I love about that video is the sad look in their eyes. The sense of wrongness, nothing being as it should be. It's not dramatising the destruction, just gently bearing witness.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Lilith __,

    The sense of wrongness, nothing being as it should be.

    Lilith you have found the words I have been looking for -- for a year or so -- to describe that feeling.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    I guess, having done a Google street view (which still shows the old city whereas the satellite map has been updated) that the phoenix palm is front of the Excelsior. The wall is the side of the Excelsior (you can just see the containers four or five high behind it in Manchester St. I can think of four significant periods of my life that I spent much time within 50 metres of that spot in different buildings. It's all there in my head and street view never lies, does it?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette,

    Dad was by the Excelsior on 22 February. And my partner was conceived there.

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 221 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Hebe,

    I can think of four significant periods of my life that I spent much time within 50 metres of that spot in different buildings.

    classic strip of chch, that bit of manchester/high st. smiths, alices, so many little shops and bars and places to eat.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Jane Pearson, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    One of my favourite places to be in Christchurch - I miss it.

    Since Feb 2010 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    barren warren...
    Some brief info on the Chchch Saleyards site and why it is in limbo.... has a great aerial shot of the labyrinth of fluorescent throw-ups...

    if someone could just talk to this family,
    organise a Working Bee this could be
    a fabulous walk-thru, al fresco, street art gallery,
    with parking!!

    Something real,
    rather than a fashion statement
    like The Ella Sleaze Flow Shower

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

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    Fascinating, Ian.

    Here’s some more of the yards.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    And the Instagrams (posted on twits earlier). Including the Diptych.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Saleyards gallery from 2009 by Brendon Keenan.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Robert Urquhart, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    if someone could just talk to this family,
    organise a Working Bee

    I'm part of a group of volunteers working on making something of their other property - or at least slowing the rate of deterioration - talking to the family is nigh impossible, we sprang from serendipity and a blog post found by someone who had contact with the property manager.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 161 posts Report Reply

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