August 2018 – Spring greeting.  Daffodils on the lot of Cross Street and Upper Queen.  Liam's perma-culture project.

Nature brings a fresh display.

August 2018 – New Signage.  The pedestrian bridge in front of Miller’s has signage placed on it

A  surprise to see it being put up, no consultation

It’s a very big sign.

Hope the food offering is better than their manners.

August 2018 – Things we need?  Three large trucks load up the warehouse next door with goods from China, pet accessories.

August 2018 – Winter Fruit.  Starting the day with orange juice.

August 2018 – Orchid’s. Blooms placed in a bowl for the refreshment room.

August 2018 – Allpress Studio. Event marking five years.  Showing the work of 100 artists who had previously exhibited at the Studio.

The event, well attended showed the influence Allpress Espresso has brought to the arts in Auckland.

August 2018 – Asian Fresh. ‘Between’ is an elegant coffee house and eatery.  They opened in Karangahape Road last year and serve Rocket Coffee.

August 2018 – John Calvin. b.1917 – d.2018. John Calvin, a coffee pioneer who brought to New Zealanders the taste of freshly roasted coffee.  He brought the brand, Fagg’s Coffee, from Alfred Fagg in 1949.  In the following decades he travelled selling his freshly roasted coffee throughout New Zealand.

A small thank you for the life of John Calvin.  In the refreshment area at Miller’s.

August 2018 – Aretha Franklin.  A street mural for The Queen of Soul, by Paul Walsh. On Karangahape Road.

August 2018 – Christchurch.  Seven years since earthquake’s destroyed much of Christchurch.  The South Islands largest city.  It is now on the mend and optimism prevails.

The city is a juxtaposition of built and empty, broken and fixed, heritage and modern.  Respect to the developers who have put their money into the rebuild, and the pizzazz they have given to the new buildings and their developments.

People should visit Christchurch.  It is still beautiful with its own charm.  It is a study in the resilience of the human spirit. Two groups that epitomise that spirit is hospitality and artists.  It is they who have placed a balm onto an injured city and helped to make it better.

A broken carpark

Broken buildings.

A broken cathedral

Most New Zealander’s have heard of the ‘red zone’.   The area east of the city centre has been cleared of houses and none will be built again.  This land turned to liquid during the earthquakes and we learned a new word, liquefaction.  The size of the red zone is surprising.  Seven kilometres long and two to three kilometres wide.  Thousands of homes have been removed.  Here whole communities lived and it is now a pastoral landscape.

Christchurch; The Avon river meanders and loops through it.

Anglican style architecture, rebuilt.

Hagley Park, a 164 hectare  Public space adjacent to the city centre.

Edwardian ‘folly’  in Hagley Park.

New buildings with flair.

The Tannery.   A shopping and hospitality complex in Woolston

The imaginative Margret Mahy Children’s playground.

The Transitional Cathedral.  Designed by Shgeru Ban who is known for his imaginative use of materials especially cardboard.

Outdoor lightbox for Christchurch Art Gallery. This displays the upcoming exhibition of Juliet Peter.  She is a dark horse of New Zealand modernism.  "Helen Hitching’s" on Gloucester Street, who would have ever thought.

Part of the facade of the Christchurch Art Gallery, with the obligatory Michael Parekowhai sculpture in the foreground ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer’.

Christchurch Art Gallery has the space and emptiness required for slow-art.

Detail from Colin McCahon’s ‘Canterbury Plains’ (1950-52).  Photo taken hand held under existing gallery lighting.

Detail from Rita Angus’s ‘Cass” (1936). Photo taken hand held under existing gallery lighting.

Christchurch Earthquake National Memorial.

A solemn place.

Peter Majendie’s “185 chairs”.  Each chair represents a person who died in the earthquake.  Very moving installation.

‘Spires’.  A floating piece by sculptor Neil Dawson, a humble, wonderful son of Christchurch.

Anton Parsons “Passing Time”.

Judy Millar “Call Me Snake”.  Judy Millar is a well know artist, but also has been innovative in hospitality.  Her vegetarian café ‘Domino’s’ in Lorne Street, Auckland used an espresso machine in the early 1980s, with innovative dishes, such as miso soup.  She then opened the uber-chic ‘Five Columns’, New Zealand’s only ever macro-biotic restaurant.

Street Piano, Lyttelton.

'Roots Restaurant' in Lyttelton offers a distinctive approach to eating.  The chefs decide what you will eat and make their decisions based on what is freshly available on that day.  Photo shows some of the condiments they make and use, including fermented grains grown on the Canterbury Plains, yuzu citrus, wasabi leaves, seaweeds.

A rack of salted Blue Cod.

Foraged Manuka and Eucalyptus leaves.

The Lyttelton Coffee Company has a great view of the Port from the rear deck.

Their Flat White and Cappuccino.

Nice People Only.

‘Coffee Culture’ at Sumner a seaside suburb of Christchurch is an institution.

Raspberry and saffron from ‘Totally Gelato’ , Sumner

‘C One Espresso’ in Christchurch Central

‘Bunsen’ in the Canterbury Arts Centre.

‘Supreme Supreme’ Christchurch.  After they had closed.

‘C4 roastery’.

‘C4 roastery and café’.

‘Little Poms’ in east Christchurch.

Mt Pleasant Farmers Market.  One of many especially in the weekends

Christchurch is well worth the visit.  Visit the local coffee roasters, try the food offerings, degustate, take in the art, walk, ride.  Tell your friends.

New Brighton pier.

Cappuccino and Flat White from ‘Beach’ at Sumner.