It’s been a couple of wild days here. We’ve had gale force winds constantly and a lot of rain. I’ve not ventured far from home because of it, but today I really need to get some fresh air, so once the wind stopped I went for a walk down the road to have a look at Ferrymead park. Rather a lot of flooding here. There has been widespread flooding in the central city and suburbs that are near our two main rivers. Luckily there are not many house around this area. But others have not been so lucky and I feel so sorry for people with flooded homes.
The sun is now out so hopefully everyone can get some respite from the weather and start cleaning up. I’m looking forward to a good sleep – not one worrying about whether the trees will fall on top of the house!
I spotted this bit of colourful knitting on a tree just by the Christ’s College building near the museum.
The Hayes family of Mt Pleasant often leave drawings and messages on the side of their house. Today it was a message of remembrance to mark the 3rd anniversary of the February 22nd 2011 earthquake. The family were also responsible for leaving flowers in road cones around the area and the Ferrymead Bridge (thanks for the effort you go to guys!). As I live nearby, I often see different drawings and have featured their wonderful snowmen and Easter Bunny Road Cones on the blog and Facebook.
Today, I arrived back in Christchurch after a two week holiday around various parts of the South Island. I’ve been to some beautiful spots, but it’s great to be back home in one of the most beautiful and inspiring cities that I have the privilege to call home. Many people have asked why people stay in Christchurch after so much devastation, and I must confess that over the years, I’ve wondered the same thing about other regions around the world that suffered from similar disasters. The answer is always the same no matter where you are in the world. We stay here because this is our home.
Not only is Christchurch our home, but it is a city that I and many people believe has an incredibly bright and innovative future. I am looking forward to watching that future unfold over the coming years. It’s already a fascinating place to live, not only does it have stunning natural beauty, but it has highly resilient and community-minded people, entrepreneurs that are prepared to put their money on the line to do something risky and different (despite naysayers saying it won’t work), and many hard working and creative people who fill the gaps left in the city with wonderful art installations, street art and greenery.
We will always remember the day our city changed forever and the high toll it took. Our memories will fade over time, but the new Christchurch will be a lasting legacy and a testament to resilience.