Posted by on September 29, 2012  Add comments
Sep 292012
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I recently had the pleasure of catching up with half the group at a meeting in Christchurch. We dined that evening at the restaurant at the pier at New Brighton and after a lovely meal went for a wander along the pier itself. It was a lovely evening with great company but I was amazed at the condition of the pier. I hadn't been out there since all the underground natural activity had started and I was shocked at just how much the pier had changed. No longer was it the nice straight, level pier that I remember but it is now twisted and misshapen just as the city that it is located in.
All the roads in the East side of town are resembling a rollercoaster, there doesn't seen to be a flat piece of ground for miles. I had not been in Christchurch for quite a while and just couldn't have appreciated how bad the city still is. We can't comprehend just how badly the infrastructure  has been effected and just how this must effect the residents of the city on a daily basis. There is no way to get away from what has happened as everywhere you look there is telltale signs of the earthquakes devastation.
I found myself constantly on edge wondering if something was going to happen, for example in the loo or the shower I was thinking of what the door would do in a shake etc.
Even at the meeting a chair was moved and somebody jumped, the fear in her face there for all to see. My heart goes out to all those still in Christchurch. My admiration to you for living in a situation that had me more than on edge but genuinely worried for my safety and I was only there 2 nights!
I must admit to driving through Dunsandal and breathing a sigh of relief that I was quickly going to a safer place.

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  3 Responses to “Devastation”

  1. It’s home sweet rock & roll home.It adds to the adventure of life. I think most people in Chch hold their breath at times.

  2. I don’t look at this image and think ‘Devastation’, Ferg. It’s warm and calm and the seagulls are soaring.
    The lumps and bumps of the roads are the new normal, as is the occasional bump from beneath – and is no doubt, to varying degrees, affecting the physical and mental health of most residents. Oh well.

  3. I’m glad I came to this after you’d commented Vicki – you’re right. There is no going back from this and this is the norm now. I do feel for the locals – we haven’t met one who has not been affected in many, many ways, many of them unexpected. I think it has given us all a new appreciation of life and community, and certainly a lot more respect for the earth. One good heave and we’re all off her back.

    I love this Ferg, you use colour so well and for me it’s not a sad image either. Says something about your feelings for the city, even if you’ve left.

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