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Merry Christmas!. Here are a few photos that will give you some idea of our new locale. They don’t do full justice to the beauty of this place, but I hope it gives you an idea and that you enjoy the views. All the best to you. John and Robin. Beside the Wiamakairi River.

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merry christmas
Merry Christmas!

Here are a few photos that will give you some idea of our new locale. They don’t do full justice to the beauty of this place, but I hope it gives you an idea and that you enjoy the views. All the best to you.

John and Robin

Beside the Wiamakairi River

where in new zealand
Where in New Zealand?

North & South island of New Zealand

Christchurch

The “Spit”

Home of the 2010 Canterbury 7.2 Quake!

46 Cannon Hill Crescent

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Rose bushes in back yard.

Spring flowers from garden

John on patio

Gate to backyard/entry.

Pacific

The “Spit”

Estuary

View of our house from the street.

View from patio.

inside what we call our resort
Inside what we call our “Resort”

Artwork by John

John’s art space

Shells from UAE and Oman

Panorama Room, John’s piano

Quilt by Robin

Glass doors to patio

Panorama Room.

Dining room

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Some of the buildings were badly cracked, and cordoned off.

Cathedral in the center of the city – some damage.

Tree ferns in Botanical Gardens

Christchurch has a definite English feel about it. Many brick and mortar buildings were damaged during the quake, with some infrastructure damage that was immediately attended to. Some people lost their homes. We just had power out for less than 24 hours.

Christ College needs the crane to stabilize the stone facades.

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Project Room: Quilt Robin’s working on.

Old School Reserve

Tennis at Old School Reserve park above our house.

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We bike in beautiful, traffic -free parks and reserves along the Pacific, on the Spit, in forests where they log, and wetlands:

Travis Wetlands

Our mountain bikes.

This trail was left with wide fissures after the quake, but it was soon repaired.

Our Honda “Fit” with bike rack

BexleyReserve

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We walk and hike (tramp) in nearby parks, reserves, along the beaches.

Our house

Unique fence crossing stiles.

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Summit Road, just above our house, with numerous hiking trails along the mountains.

View of Lyttleton Harbor from the top of our hill, facing away from the estuary –A nice hike to the WWII gun emplacements.

John above “Taylor’s Mistake” inlet.

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Robin

This beautiful area on Banks Peninsula is less than an hour away. Not shown are all the sheep on the way.

Akaroa Harbor

Hector’s dolphins

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Agapanthus are almost a weed here! These are in our garden.

View from our bedroom (zoomed) of the Southern Alps. Foreground is Christchurch on the Canterbury Plain.