I made a compromise. I don't have much time but I need that point of relaxation and release which blogging is for me. I have to compromise on visiting my blogging friends. So to them I will say: we will see each other later in the year. I need to make this compromise to stay sane and I will get back to normal. eventually.
I promised one of my young tramping friends to do a real tramp with a club with him. It was supposed to be an easy trip but for my old and a bit overweight body it was hard work and I walked like a sailor today. A sailor with sea legs as my muscles ached so much. I needed some relaxation and the beauty of the landscape did it but the more than 6 hour tramp also stressed out my body.
In little river we drove to the top and had a walk over the ridge and saddles of the hills. The views were magnificent.
My young friend made a photo reportage about his lion friend on great tramping spots. My young friend proved to be a great tramper and he has a very promising future as he is good with IT and photography as well.
Lake ellesmere lay below us bathing in peace
It was so quiet up there. The only sound we could here was sometimes from the cows.
A well deserved rest in the tussock. After our rest we had to walk down, which seemed for ages on the steep hill through the tussock.
You couldn't always see through the grass if there were any holes and sometimes you slipped and slide down the hill.
We felt like going for a walk through Hagley Park and checked out if it was already open for the public.
It was so good to see something familiar still being there and being beautiful. In the park we met a Dutch couple and they told us that part of the cordon was open to the public today and we decided to have a look.
A part of the art centre is still standing but it is red stickered. Normally that would mean demolishing. But because it is such an important part of Christchurch they will rebuild the broken parts stone by stone. Oh the tram stop is gone.... no it has a new place.
Through the fence I zoomed in on the cathedral. I couldn't spot the adjacent tower. Is it completely gone?
The provincial chambers another iconic landmark in rubble. It is so different to see it with your own eyes than on a picture.
Through a hole in the fence we looked into Cashel street . We could see some rubble on the street and the tall building on the left is the Grand Chancellor Hotel which is on an angel, close to toppling over.. It will have to come down and I think they are going to do it layer by layer. There are lots of other buildings close to it and there is a change that by demolishing the one it will take others with it.
Demolishing in action. Follow the line and see the big ball smashing into the building. A slow destructive process.
On the way back through the park you really need this beauty to give some balance.