|Steam Punk HQ, Oamaru|
|Steam Punk, Oamaru|
as it is now is heartbreaking. Both of the hotels that I have stayed in during past visits are in the red zone. I had fond memories of canoeing on the River Avon, catching the tram, and climbing the Christchurch Cathedral Tower, but now Christchurch looks like after the blitz. The whole city is still in lock down and cordoned off. It was so quiet, with just the sound of banners flapping in the breeze and in places nature had already taken over with pavements being invaded by weeds. You look at the city now and wonder if it can recover from this, expecially with the ongoing seismic activity. It was a very sobering visit. Such a contrast to the beauty that I had seen during the rest of my holiday. London
|A City in lockdown, one year on|
Hobart as seen from
I did take a book with me – Billy Bathgate, and I read about 10 pages on the plane, but with long twilight hours in NZ and Tasmania you tend to maximise your days sightseeing with no time left for anything else. I'll start on my 2012 reading list next week, and expect my next read will be either Billy Bathgate or Stephen King’s 22/11/63, I’m still deciding.
I’m on leave until Monday and have been commissioned by my daughter to make 15 capes for my Grandson’s Super Hero 4th birthday party in February, so I will sign off for now as the sewing machine beckons.......
Until next time.
|Super Hero Capes (5 down, 10 to go!)|