In February, Edgeware got these nifty historic panel to brighten up the ‘hood. This one features Christchurch figure Ice-Cream Charlie – Sali Mahomet.


This doll is in a Christchurch hospital diorama. I found her rather fetching.

The Victoria Apartments demoliton began.


Waitangi Day evening – we paid a visit to New Brighton.




And in town, the vintage market moved to the corner of Colombo and Gloucester Streets.


And we rode the tram for the first time. The commentary was fascinating.


The Festival of Flowers took over Cathedral Square.



I went down the part of Hereford Street that had only just re-opened. And boy was the weather threatening.




Ronnie says Hi to the workers.


Government Life – could get a bit closer to the big brutalist thing.


The pool on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo Streets (all gone and filled in now).

The Public Trust on Manchester Street coming down.


A rainbow in St Albans, a double rainbow even.


The special girl on her last day of kindy.


Baby, you’re a firework.


More February 2014 pictures.

My usual commute is walking or bussing – or a combination of the two. Last week, Christchurch commuting was in the news as roadworks caused parts of central city traffic to come to a standstill (I’m looking at you, Durham Street). It’s nice that people use traffic snarls as a plug for using public transport instead – but buses get stuck in the traffic too.

Anyways, walking was the best option. I walk a lot and am surprised by how very few people I see doing the same. I see more people walking their dog in the morning than actually walking to get to work. That’s a shame.

Monday 7 April
Morning – Walk/bus

I usually bus on a Monday as I am laden down with a heavy laptop. Normally I bus from Edgeware into the Central Station and then catch a bus to Linwood. There are four or five buses that head out that way. I was waiting for the bus at Edgeware before 7.30am. I waited a while at the stop – it said the bus was coming in one minute but it didn’t arrive until late. Then down Colombo Street, and onto Bealey Avenue. Traffic got sluggish there as traffic turned into Durham Street.

The bus was so slow that on Durham Street before the Courts, the driver opened the doors to let us out to walk. We had been 45 minutes in traffic having only travelled a couple of kilometres. I walked to the Central Bus Station. I got there – the station was much quieter than usual – and a bus to Linwood arrived about ten minutes later.
The trip to Linwood from town was quick – it usually is. Most people are heading west not east.

I left for work at around 7.30am and didn’t arrive until just after 9am.
(90 minutes)

Monday 7 April
Evening – Car

I got picked up by my whanau – it was a quick ride going down Avonside Drive, down Fitzgerald, around onto Bealey and down Madras and side streets.
Very little traffic.
(15 minutes)

Tuesday 8 April
Morning – Walk/bus

Tuesday 8 April – pouring with rain, foiling my plans to walk to work. Caught the Metrostar in Edgeware at 7.30, it took about 5 minutes to get to Shirley Road where I switched to the Orbiter after a ten minute wait. It dropped me at Eastgate then I walked to work – about a 7 minute walk. Was at work at 8.05am.
(35 minutes)

Tuesday 8 April
Evening – Walk/bus

Still a bit wet out. Left work at 4.45pm. Caught the Orbiter from Eastgate and then caught the Metrostar at Shirley.
Point of interest: a license plate THEKLF
Music: Roaring classical on the bus
(50 minutes)

Wednesday 9 April
Morning – Walk

Walked to work, was on Edgeware Road at 6.50am. Was at the corner of Avonside Drive and Stanmore Road by 7.25am and at work in Linwood/Woolston by 7.55am

Point of interest: Putzmeister Aardvark – piece of machinery in action.
Standout music: Robert de Niro’s waiting – Bananarama & Video Games – Lana del Rey.
(65 minutes)

Wednesday 9 April
Evening – Walk

Finished work at 4.25pm. Was at the end of Linwood Ave in half an hour. Walked down Avonside Drive, down Fitzgerald, then Bealey then down Madras to Edgeware.

Point of interest: Man in long black coat making gestures at an empty house, then at the Regent Dome on Brittan Street.
Standout music: Hollertronix
(75 minutes)

Thursday 10 April
Morning – Walk/bus

Walking down Edgeware Road around 7.20am, crossed Hills, to Stanmore. Got some supplies then picked up a full Orbiter near the Stanmore Street corner by Avonside Drive. Off at Eastgate, down Linwood Ave.

Point of interest: Cops and cop cars swarming on Aldwins Road by Eastgate. Young woman pulled over, the contents of her car being spread out on the bonnet.
Standout music: Running with the XX (Notorious BIG and the XX)
(70 minutes)

Thursday 10 April
Evening – Walk/bus

I had to go to town so I got the #21 bus just before 5pm on Linwood Avenue,  and got off at CPIT on St Asaph Street.  Walked down Manchester Street, before switching to Colombo and catching a bus to Edgeware.  No traffic problems, but the walk took a while as I took pics of Owen Dippie’s ballerina art on the Theatre Royal, the old Millers/CCC building and other sights.

Point of interest: Building watching.
(80 minutes)

Friday 11 April
Morning – Walk

Working in town today. I was on Edgeware Road at 7am, walked down Colombo St. Was at Town Hall by 7.2opm. Switched to Manchester Street and was at work on Manchester (near Moorhouse Avenue) by 7.40am.

Point of interest: Friend’s old place on Colombo Street being demolished, can see the bones of it now including stairs to nowhere.
Standout music: Eels, Girl Talk
(40 minutes)

Friday 11 April
Evening – Walk /Bus

Lugging gear home, I walked a bit down Manchester, then swung onto Colombo Street, then a bus to get me home.
(50 minutes)

Kia ora 2014. In January, Christchurch streets (and the Canterbury Museum) came alive with the Rise Festival kicking off a programme of art in the streets. It is the bright antidote to the grey of demolition and decay, even when it uses them as a canvas.

We went to the exhibition on New Year’s Day, and several times again.

And out on the streets …

The Arts Centre was a pressie.
And the Botanic Gardens were in luscious form. Hydrangeas, even beautiful reflected in the puddles.

Shand’s Emporium was on the move.

Market finds.

And I enjoyed exploring the Museum and Christ’s College’s gargoyles and figures.

More January 2014 pictures.

When Dad sheared sheep, he left them with sideburns so they looked like late era Elvis.

Once when we were visiting the home farm on the Coast, we tried to move a dead sheep and both ended up retching. My stoic little sister held the contents of her stomach intact. That ghastly sound of expellent air as we tried to move it. The smell, the smell.

At high school in Gore, the worst insult the boys could hurl at a girl was “Dead sheep”.

Sherriff, George, 1846-1930. Sherriff, George, 1846-1930 :[A victim of the keas. ca 1885]. Ref: 1/2-002753-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Sherriff, George, 1846-1930. Sherriff, George, 1846-1930 :[A victim of the keas. ca 1885]. Ref: 1/2-002753-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

We are knuckle draggers
Verse and radiation
Total f*cking destruction
The Abdominable Iron Sloth
Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition
Shrouds of fallen tears
Rumplestiltskin Grinder
Polkadot Cadaver
Opossum Nightmare
Intestine Baalism
Gloominous Doom
Gaggle of Cocks
Dog Fashion Disco
Dick Delicious and the Tasty Testicles
Bloody Blood Orgy
Bathtub Shitter

Band names courtesy of the MËTAL section of Freegal.

CarsArcadiaIn 1979 – at a very tender age – I won 10 LPs in a competition run by The Truth newspaper. This has left me with a capsule of 1979-iana  and fostered my life-long love of music (and vinyl).

It included the following:

Blondie – Parallel Lines
This is an all-time stone-cold classic, from the iconic black and white cover to the musical gems like Heart of Glass and Picture this. And 11.59: “Leaning in your corner like a candidate for wax. Sidewalk social scientist don’t get no satisfaction from your cigarette.” Perfection.

The Cars – Candy-O
I have special love for the segue from Shoo-be-doo to Candy O.

The Little River Band – It’s a long way there – Greatest Hits
This album probably got the least lovin’ – sorry Aussie dudes.

Wings – Greatest
Pretty tasty stuff.

Cheap Trick – Dream Police
I think I just listened to the title track. The rest of it is a mystery to me.

IMG_2816Bad Girls – Donna Summer
Toot toot yeah beep beep.

Racey – Smash and Grab
The song “Kitty” is exactly the same as 80s Toni Basil classic “Mickey”.

Communique – Dire Straits
“Lady writer on the tv talking about the Virgin Mary”.

The soundtrack of Grease
Hammered this one. Of course I wanted to be Rizzo not Sandy.

Breakfast in America – Supertramp
“When I was young I thought that life was so wonderful”.

I also won a copy of Roxy Music’s Avalon off Radio Hokonui.

Like most music-lovin’ people in Christchurch, my music collection is a bit scattered and scrambled. When our place was demolished, we spotted this in the garage. Bye bye Belle and Sebastian.


Hillmorton Fair, including art exhibition
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Luscious Christchurch sunset

Edgeware lady in a bath

Jesus on Colombo Street

Chris Heaphy’s Whare in Cathedral Square grows and blooms apace


The Tannery at Woolston

Demolition / rebuild
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A change of office for me has meant a change of scenery.


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I now head to work east – I’d call it Linwood but postcode finder calls it Woolston. My new walking route takes me close to the Avon River, whichever way I go. And in places – like here, down on Whitmore Street – it is beautiful. IMG_0202 IMG_0388

Stanmore Road

Here is the Richmond workingmens’ club being demolished.



Avonside Drive

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Clearances are underway, and in some cases done.

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Linwood Avenue

A phoenix and the Basilica?

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The city still draws me in. I like to check out what is happening. I was in town for a meeting on Friday 8 November and spotted that Lichfield Street had re-opened – that stretch between Colombo and Manchester Street.

The famous mannequins of Frontrunner.


The new Strange’s building takes shape.
Christchurch City Libraries has a page on the history of Strange’s.

And more views of town: Old Millers/CCC on Tuam Street.
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I find the wildflowers on the corner in Latimer Square so beautiful. Nature does it best.
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And the Whare in Cathedral Square by Chris Heaphy also uses flowers and plants to mitigate against greyness and demolition.

Armistice Day wreaths.
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Open Day at the historic Colombo Street bridge. SCIRT explained the repairs and did a great job involving the kids.
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St Albans

Keeping it local – St Albans School Market Saturday 9 November.
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Abberley Park.
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Baby shower!

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Other stuff

Kinder surprise Star Wars and New World miniature fun.

Heck I loved Bachelor Boys – a Young Ones book from back in ’84. And one of the things that I especially loved was the poetry of Rick.






Arty farty about town


High Street


The things you see when you’re out and about






The Edgeware Art House demolition


O Nature, you gorgeous eye boggler you


The shapes of rebuild


Nature Play Park



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