...to 2011. It's been a year of highs and lows, as I guess all years are, but the Christchurch earthquakes made the lows pretty big. This was my first visit to my daughter and her partner's new home in Bryndwyr, Christchurch, which fortunately was an area not badly damaged by the quakes. I was hoping there would be none while I was there, but unfortunately, this wasn't the case. The day following, we had a 5.8 magnitude followed by a 6.0, plus a multitude of smaller shocks. Really we could have done without that. However, the house stood up well.
As my son Cass was also there for a few days and would be bored with nothing to do (family trait), he offered to do a project for Sophie and Mark. They wanted a deck, so Cass designed this (he is a structural engineer/architect) and started work. By the time I arrived on Thursday afternoon, the old timber decking that had been on top of the concrete had been removed, and post holes had been dug.
All in all, I had a lovely time despite the earthquakes. It was an 8 hour drive each way, but the weather was good and the traffic light.
Best wishes for a happy and creative New Year!