A journal of questionable quality

Friday, November 11, 2011

Standing on the ground



Nelson City.

Nelson_view

The view from the place we stayed at. That silo was a major eyesore, but the rest was lovely. Best fish and chips shop in New Zealand is under there somewhere. 

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Catholic Cathedral. Christchurch.

Catholic

Christchurch is largely destroyed now. This is an example of the damage. Rather crudely photographed I'm afraid, as the half car demonstrates.
The containers are holding up bales of hay and straw which help absorb the aftershocks. Shipping containers line the streets to stop debris rolling onto the road.

The Anglican Cathedral which is in the center of the city was unable to be viewed as the city center is still locked down awaiting demolition. 

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The beginning of the real people.

Stan_marlene

Stan and Marlene, a wonderful couple whom I have known all my life, live right here in the idyllic area before the foothills.

Always try and stay there on any visit to New Zealand to let the city bustle wear off.

Stan and Marlene's place 

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Gove Bay

A small bay we happened to run into on the way to nowhere in particular. Near to Stan and Marlene's place, people I have known all my life.

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the beginning of the family

Hoperiver

A seriously long time ago my family seemed to form up right about here. This is a the beginning of the Lewis Pass, heading to the West Coast. They lived right on the river and tossed in a few pine trees which survived the trauma of many floods. This is the very approximate area. Hope River Kind of explains why all the females have Hope in their name.

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Westport, NZ

Westcoastbeach

Seriously rugged terrain, still raining.

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West Coast, NZ

Charlston

The view from the place on the West Coast of NZ, near Westport.

A 7 mile long beach is over the ridge but the wind was right up there. (And it was raining)

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Nelson, NZ. Rabbit Flat beach

The main buggy beach, neatly divided up for horses, people, and land yachts and buggies.

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