Lucky me, I got flown down to the Christchurch by my good friend's husband as a surprise for her birthday. This was the first evening enjoying a meal cooked by Duncan for a few friends. Lovely occasion, lots of laughs, and as you can begin to see, their renovations are looking good.
Went to dinner with the two of them the next night, and this was taken then.
They own a cafe called Caffe Roma, which is a popular spot in Christchurch, and it looks quite different to the ones I usually frequent in Auckland at the moment. The weather turns cold a tad sooner, and the lovely fireplace and panel walls, make this cafe cosy and warm on the coldest day. It used to be a Gentleman's club, and it still has that feeling. It's wonderful. Had breakfast here every morning, oh joy.
You can see my usual choice of muesli and fruit, and the perfect 'flat white' coffee awaiting.
The boys were with us most of the time, it being school holidays. This is Louis enjoying his hot chocolate.
These are more of the renovations in the house. Aint it grand?
Jack is here holding the poodle, Coco.
Took a trip out to Sumner beach, and that's our wee cluster on the left by the rock. Nice day.
Took the boys and their cousin to the Museum, and on the grounds of the extensive gardens there's this newly repainted fountain.
The old Civic Council buildings are sooo beautiful. Christchurch truly is the most English of New Zealand cities. Check out the flagstones and the panelling.
And I was introduced to Steve Fullmer's pottery and sculpture at the Clark home. Wonderful quirky whimsical work. I loved it. Here's his dog.
. . . and this is the pottery. Will keep my eye out for it in the future.