A month in Christchurch country: 2015 in pictures: March

March was chockablock with events and comings and goings

Armageddon!

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Te Matatini, in Hagley Park

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At The Commons

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Street art

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Demolitions

Manchester Street.
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Chancery Arcade.
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Arrivals

The new RSA building on opening day
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Godley.
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Christchurch City Libraries book sale.
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And sunrise.
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Whanau whanau whanau: 2015 in pictures: February

Kia ora. February was a fabulous whanau month with a wedding, overseas guests, birthdays, and lots of wonderful goings on.

A bit sentimental. I lost my little china cups and saucers from my Nana and Grandma in the earthquake, and one of them had this pattern.
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Whanau and friends
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A wonderful wedding.
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The Heroes and Heroines concert.
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It is in the trees, it’s coming. We were supposed to be watching Frozen in the Botanic Gardens, but did a lot of playing and climbing instead.
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Birthdays!
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Hooray for the second Street Art Festival – this time with t-shirts.
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The ladies had a stall at the very welcome – but short-lived – St Albans market.

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A random Christchurch pony.
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Flying: 2015 in pictures: January

Kia ora. I am kicking off my monthly posts of Christchurch photos. Here – belatedly – is January 2015 in pictures. A bit of Bishopdale and Papanui, the usual shots around town, and a bit of kite action from New Brighton.

Bishopdale

A New Year sojourn in Bishopdale and Harewood. Beautiful long summer nights.
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Papanui

Christchurch North Methodist Church.
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Papanui church.
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Town

A pigeon on High Street.
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Wongi’s mural on Manchester Street.
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One man’s trash – on Peterborough/Colombo St.
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Hydrangeas on Colombo Street.
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New Brighton

Kite Day.
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Hanmer Springs
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Home

Sunflower.
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Petite Blythes.
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Fly wifis

Christchurch wifi networks spotted out and about.

  • Idiot Engineering
  • Pretty fly for a wifi
  • Dad use this one
  • Batcave
  • Superman
  • Touchmywifitastemy… (ellipsis wifis own)
  • Lords of Lothlorien
  • Roger

Please add any others in the comments.

Reflections of reflections of Christchurch

One of my favourite random Christchurch discoveries was this wall on Southwark Street. It is on the side of the Warren and Mahoney building. Just a wall reflecting a wall, that’s all. But done to perfection.

All the signs reversed, paint imitating the wear and tear of time.
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On 23 May 2014 both wall and the wall it imitates were there.
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On 9 January 2015 the original was a whiteout. Art as a reflection of what doesn’t exist.
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Christchurchiana: 2014 in pictures

I’ve picked a few of my favourite photos of this year. It makes me realise – we have seen a lot.

January

Street art to the max. It was in the Canterbury Museum, it was on the streets. Brilliant stuff.
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Christ’s College gargoyle.
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Hydrangea reflections in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
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February

Sand sculpture at New Brighton.
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The trams are back.
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Hereford Street reopens.
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Last day of kindy.
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March

Flood.
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Sans camera for a while as it was water damaged by flood. Used the camera on my phone.
A tribute to Mellory Manning.
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Blue lady.
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Pallet Pavilion, with Dan Rhodes’ book.
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April

Owen Dippie’s ballerina mural on the back of the Isaac Theatre Royal.
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The Price Waterhouse Coopers site, Armagh Street.
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Bye bye to the Pallet Pavilion.
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The ladies bike through town, and past the new Botanic Gardens visitor centre.
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May

The demolition of the Majestic Theatre.
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NZSO at Central Library Peterborough.
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Dad and author Camilla Läckberg.
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Bizarro Christchurch, Southwark Street.
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Ronnie van hout on top of C1 Espresso/Alices.
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June

A ghost sign on the way out.
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Eel in the Botanic Gardens.
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A demolition at sunrise.
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New art by Mike Hewson.
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July

I am no Urbex explorer, but I did nearly fall through a window getting this photo. Tip – don’t lean on earthquake damaged windows. Lichfield Street.
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Matariki at Rehua Marae.
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Eastgate sunrise.
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Light and trees.
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Dairy at sunset.
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The re-opening of Cuningham and Townend Houses in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
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August

The beautiful sunrises and sunsets this year counterpointed bits of ruin.
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Dirty Politics by Nicky Hager.
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These guys popped up out of nowhere, and later disappeared as easily.
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Another temporary glory – the graffiti house on Cranford Street.
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Bad sign.
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WORD Christchurch.
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September

Probably my favourite of Christchurch’s new buildings – this stately reflective beauty on Cambridge Terrace.
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Christchurch Art Gallery family fun day.
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Reading in the Houses for Swamp Dwellers (a photo to promote a FESTA event)
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A spiderweb on Smith Street.
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October

Heritage Day.
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FESTA – Festival of Transitional Architecture – City Ups.
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November

The Kid meeting Kate Sheppard.
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December

A very Christchurchy Christmas in the Re:START.

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A few favourite things: 2014 in pictures: December

One of my favourite things to take photos of this year has been cranes and the sky. The variation comes from the background and the sky, the cranes are always cranes, though sometimes they dip their heads in conversation to one another.
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And another thing we enjoy are markets. This is one of Anissa Victoria’s Vintage Market at the Commons, formerly the Pallet Pavilion, formerly the Crowne Plaza, formerly the Park Royal …
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New art

This is by Jacob Yikes on Manchester Street, an upcoming Mexican restaurant.
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Wongi finished his piece on the side of the new Corianders in St Asaph Street.
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Cathedral Square

Chess.
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The Wizard, not in.
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Romanesque ruins in Armagh Street.
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Tuam Street, no.
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Christmas in town and the Re:START

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Cosmic Corner unicorn.
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The Canterbury Museum

One of our happy places. There is a great exhibition on currently called Selling the dream – classic New Zealand tourism posters.
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The dolls house.
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The chandelier in the Costume Gallery.
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Antarctical licks.
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The skidoo.
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A holiday in Bishopdale

You get used to your own neighbourhood, it is a holiday to be somewhere different.
Dove second hand books.
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The Life of Pi, lenticular styles.
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Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
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More December photos.