Inland Route – Christchurch to Picton

This school holidays we went from Christchurch to Picton, for a birthday party, and to throw someone’s ashes into the sea.

Normally we’d go via Kaikoura, but that route has been closed since a major earthquake last year. So we took the inland route – Culverden, Lewis Pass, Murchison, St Arnaud, Maruia, Wairau Valley. 478km – 7 hours 30 minutes.



FreshChoice City Market: 100 Days Project: Day 93

Opened today in Lichfield Street – across the road from the Bus Interchange – Fresh Choice City Market. I’ve been watching this progress, so it’s very cool to see it opened.

Points of note from a quick pre-work visit:

  • It looks fantastic – shows off the stock beautifully
  • Yummy stands of Breads of Europe breads and danishes
  • Stocks my favourite wine Terrace Edge Liquid Geography
  • Has food from great suppliers like Simo, Theos, Jaime Les Marcarons. and Peter Timbs
  • Lovely salads in the deli
  • Nice big tables about the place
  • Looks like there will be foody events
  • Heritage photos showing Market Place and old supermarkets
  • Staff very friendly and excited

New town: 100 Days Project: Day 18

Photo taken 7 June 2017.

I walked down the new Manchester Street in all its big new boulevard-ness, and could walk all the way to Worcester Boulevard. Then I hung a left to go to the OGB to meet fellow “100 day projectors”. I hadn’t been there before, it was lovely and snug with books on shelves and wait staff smartly dressed in braces and bowler hats.

I tried a whisky smash  bedecked with rhubarb and boy was that a mouthpleaser. We chatted about the project, about travel plans, and new things coming to Christchurch. Exciting new things, fresh. The days when you can feel that little buzz of hope are good days.

I raise my glass to all of you Projectors, and to my Ōtautahi peeps – may your days be good.  Sláinte. Kia ora.

Autumn: 100 Days Project: Day 10

Photo taken 30 May 2017

There are beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the season of mists. And plenty of the mellow fruitfulness.

Bold gold and yellows and oranges are not just in the leaves, they are in the autumn sunlight.

And at night, when the sky gets all inky, the streetlights play with the dusk and the imminent night and the colour of the trees.