This is the intersection on Bridle Path Road to Main road, St Andrews Hill and the Ferrymead bridge. For years I’ve had to navigate and ever changing set of road cones and barriers here and drivers really need to keep their wits about them. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like it will be long before the intersection is finally finished and then we can all go back to driving on automatic pilot like everyone else does!
This is the new section of road that goes from Bridle Path up to St Andrews Hill.
As is my normal routine, I went out for a walk this lunchtime, but today a brought my camera along with the intention of photographing some waxeyes I had previously seen eating some crab apples. I got to the crab apple tree and of course there were no waxeyes to be found. However, all was not lost, in fact I managed to photograph two birds I had never been able to snap before. They are common enough birds, but a little shy (particularly the Goldfinch).
Goldfinch in long grass
The Goldfinch was one of a large pack that were feeding on lawn seed left on the ground near McCormacks Bay.
Redpolls are also finches and were introduced to New Zealand. I suspect a lot of people would just think they were seeing a sparrow. A few years back I wouldn’t have known the difference either, but it seems that many photographers become bird watchers eventually. I’ve always been fond of birds and think of them as little dinosaurs, but know I’m beginning to know just which bird is which!
Shand’s Emporium is Christchurch’s oldest commercial wooden building (dating from the 1860’s). It didn’t come through the earthquakes very well and its future was looking bleak there for a while, but thanks to the efforts of property developer Anthony Gough and Christchurch Heritage it has been saved and will now be restored. Lovely to see and I look forward to visiting it once it’s open again.