Sunday, April 15, 2012

Time To Head For Home

As we drove from Kaikoura to Picton on Wednesday, it rained heavily. In fact it rained for 24 hours. We heard that Christchurch had half of the normal April rainfall in 24 hours and it was probably the same where we were. But all became fine again on Thursday afternoon. As we drove back from Picton to Christchurch airport on Friday, we saw that the rain had fallen as snow on higher ground, as pictured above. This is an indication that it will soon be time to head for home ourselves. One week from today we shall be in the air on the way from Christchurch to Bangkok.

We stayed overnight at the airport hotel and at not much after 4 am on Saturday we walked across to the airport and saw Dana on her way back to Austrailia. Gay and I went back to the hotel but checked out soon after daylight. We decided to drive to Sumner, where the beach for Christchurch is, for breakfast. Sumner, which nestles under cliffs, was severely damaged in the recent earthquakes, as you can see in the following pictures. The containers are to absorb any more falling hillside. I believe there were properties standing where those containers now are, but they were destroyed.

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