Friday, May 13, 2011

Wobbly Week - Summarised

This week was a bit 'harder' for me to keep the stiff upper lip than others. Amongst the 'great rehuffle' and amazing hope for rebuild out there, I find it fascinating in post-quake life that you cope just fine, and then find all of sudden - through something small, the bottom lip can drop without  a warning. So annoying! We woke up on Tuesday at 3.03am with a good shake.  I then went off to Auckland for 2 days, and couldn't believe how bright, shiny and light it was - and lay waiting to be rocked off to sleep - but no rocking ever came (or sleep)! So I guess I really realised how different life is in ChCh and how much energy we are using to keep that upper lip in check, (and this is coming from someone who has had the easiest run personally out of most people I know)! 

With my mind checking in on reality, I thought I'd post images from the past 10 days to show where we are at 3 months on from 22/2/2011.
Monday, got spontaneously evicted from the temporary Sockburn office due to a building complication, (good bye to Liz looking over my shoulder).  After a week of homelessness - we will hit the Christchurch Art Gallery on Tuesday for more temp office accommodation, (thank you CAG)!

Had the water mains leak outside our house fixed for the third time (thank you CCC!) and continued to bike around on the crazy roads - thinking how flat they are now after the speedy short term repairs.
 EQC contractors still urgently assessing homes in our suburb.  As ours is low priority, we have been told ours will assessed in December 2011.
 Pulled our chimney down as it was majorly cracked inside - despite it looking fine on the outside.
 From workers cottage to New York Loft ! (We are now all patched up and hope to get a log burner in replacement).
 I distributed some Share An Idea tabloids around a suburb called Avondale.  Very lonely two and a half hours with Digby . Not many liveable houses left, I saw 2 people, and inhaled plenty of interesting smells, (and this isn't even one of the hardest hit suburbs).
But as always - little pockets of community joy pop out of the grey making this city what it is.
Same goes for emerging murals around the city...
..and more and more fencing messages....some full of hope...
...some full of impatience...
And cordons shrinking so we can see some of our city.
From rubble and doll house views to...
this new art work that was installed just days before 22 Feb. 
And now with about 3 cafes open near the CBD, life is creeping back in - and customers have a whole new look going on.  I'm looking forward to what this week will bring!

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