Day Forty Eight: The Record Buster!

I’m proud to say that today I broke my step-count record, which was set in Wellington on Day Ten. This time I topped it by a couple thousand steps, so I don’t think I’ll be breaking that record for a while. A long while if you ask my feet…

Step count record

How on earth did I manage to get that many steps in, without leaving Christchurch? Well it all started in the morning with a walk through Hagley Park and over to Riccarton House/Bush Saturday Farmer’s Market…

There is a golf course in the park, and the path I was on went right through it!

There is a golf course in the park, and the path I was on went right through it!

Hagley golf club

Hagley golf warning

Hagley Park pond

Lots of gulls at the pond. I’m pretty sure I’ve got this right: Adults have red feet and beaks, juveniles don’t. The juvenile was just as big as the adult one, and it was clearly asking to be fed or something. The adult was pretty much telling it off and walking away from it. Just like people.

Adult

Adult

Juvenile. Still has some spots on it's feathers, and the beak and feet haven't turned red yet.

Juvenile. Still has some spots on it’s feathers, and the beak and feet haven’t turned red yet.

Most of the NZ mail seems to be delivered by bicycle.

Most of the NZ mail seems to be delivered by bicycle.

This one is for Lorraine, who loves a good succulent.

This one is for Lorraine, who loves a good succulent.

Out of the park and past the train tracks and the cute Montessori school.

Out of the park and past the train tracks and the cute Montessori school.

railway tracks are for trains

train school wall

train little artist

train reader

train soccer girl

How's that for a paint job?  Spotted just before I got to Riccarton Bush.

How’s that for a paint job?
Spotted just before I got to Riccarton Bush.

Riccarton Bush sign

Riccarton Saturday Market sign

Riccarton market stalls 2

Riccarton market stalls

Riccarton Canterbury Cheesemongers

This is run by the restaurant we went to for Darryl's birthday on 10 January, Lotus Heart.

This is run by the restaurant we went to for Darryl’s birthday on 10 January, Lotus Heart.

Most excellent Dixieland Jazz music was being played.

Most excellent Dixieland Jazz music was being played.

And some young buskers were having a go at it as well.

And some young buskers were having a go at it as well.

A bit of creative parking...

A bit of creative parking…

Bikes, prams and dog parking...

Bikes, prams and dog parking…

Many people take a break to sit by the river and feed or look at the ducks. And how many can you see?

Many people take a break to sit by the river and feed or look at the ducks. And how many can you see?

The original cottage.

The original cottage.

inside the cottage

inside the cottage

There is an area that is fenced off to prevent predators from entering, called Deans Bush. I took the short loop walk through it. Getting in involves a large caged entry with two gates and electric entry buttons, far too complicated for the average possum or house cat to figure out!

Deans Bush entry gate

Riccarton Deans Bush entry instructions

Part of the path is paved.

Part of the path is paved.

And part of the path is raised to protect tree roots.

And part of the path is raised to protect tree roots.

And trust me, they mean OLD trees!

And trust me, they mean OLD trees!

Riccarton pear tree plaque detail

Without a doubt, the largest pear tree I have EVER seen. And the ground was covered with pears, so it's still producing fruit.

Without a doubt, the largest pear tree I have EVER seen. And the ground was covered with pears, so it’s still producing fruit.

Hey, why not... it takes bees to make the pears in the first place. They might as well enjoy the end product!

Hey, why not… it takes bees to make the pears in the first place. They might as well enjoy the end product!

After eating my way through the farmer’s market and walking around quite a bit I pep-stepped it back to and through Hagley Park. By this time of day the World Busker’s Festival was up and running in full swing, so I popped into that for a bit to see some acts and check out the goings-on.

Took this one for my friend Elizabeth. Have you tried it? Nothing like fried bread! Happens in EVERY culture that I know of.

Took this one for my friend Elizabeth. Have you tried it? Nothing like fried bread! Happens in EVERY culture that I know of.

Buskers Coin Operated Girl

Aha! So this is what that yellow "beastie" box that I saw the other day was all about.

Aha! So this is what that yellow “beastie” box that I saw the other day was all about.

Beasties 1

beasties 2

beasties 3

beasties 4

beasties 5

beasties 6

Sitting on this beastie produced some rather rude noises.

Sitting on this beastie produced some rather rude noises.

Nothing like a remote-controlled large pile of fake poo to get the kids (and adults) laughing.

Nothing like a remote-controlled large pile of fake poo to get the kids (and adults) laughing.

This squirted water out of the blue part. Kids LOVED it!

This squirted water out of the blue part. Kids LOVED it!

Once I was out the other side of the park I wandered around past the museum and saw a mural that I’d managed to miss probably half a dozen times walking past it because I NEVER looked behind me as I walked past it! Part of the RISE Street Art Festival and Exhibition.

Moa and kiwi mural

There's no way you don't see the penguin bus!

There’s no way you don’t see the penguin bus!

From there I walked over to the Avon River and the Boat Sheds to check out the punt rentals and see what was on the water.

Hopeful ducks were tailing this kayak down the river.

Hopeful ducks were tailing this kayak down the river.

punting boat shed

punting sign

Avon water wheel

I walked to New Regent Street, which has fairly recently reopened for business. It had been closed down by the earthquake. I spent a fair amount of time talking to some of the shop keepers about what foot traffic has been like (not great) and what their hope / message is for people. Without a doubt, it is WE ARE OPEN, COME SUPPORT CHRISTCHURCH BUSINESSES IN THEIR RECOVERY EFFORTS!

Vintage Tram tours are operating again!

Vintage Tram tours are operating again!

New Regent Street

New Regent Street

The lady at Beadz Unlimited was really nice and has made a range of commemorative beads based on Christchurch icons, such as the Cathedral and its Rose Window. I also had a long chat with the nice young woman who was working in a shop called Rekindle. They are doing some great things with indigenous timber (kauri, matai, and rimu) which has been reclaimed from earthquake-damaged Red-Stickered (condemned) houses. They make furniture, and are having artists use the leftovers to make art pieces and toys and jewelry.

One of the shops had this on display:

Copper Cathedral 1

Copper Cathedral

From New Regent Street I just wandered for a bit, looking at lots of Gap Filler projects in the area, starting with this one which was blasting Royals by Lorde when I first heard it.

Dance-O-Mat 1

Dance-O-Mat 2

Dance-O-Mat 3

Hey Jerry, they even had a Disco Ball!!

Hey Jerry, they even had a Disco Ball!!

Gap Filler 2

Gap Filler 3

Gap Filler 4

Gap Filler 5

Gap Filler 6

Gap filler 7 chess

chutes and ladders

chutes and ladders

Beware of Tram

Tram with a pram on front.  Don't worry, it's STORED there.

Tram with a pram on front.
Don’t worry, it’s STORED there.

Across the street from The Cardboard Cathedral is this memorial to the people who lost their lives in the Christchurch earthquake:

empty chairs

empty chairs 2

empty chairs 4

empty chairs 3 Anne Lamott

Cardboard Cathedral 1

Cardboard Cathedral 2

Cardboard Cathedral 3

Cardboard Cathedral 4

Cardboard Cathedral 5

Saw this driving down the road on the way back to my car.

Saw this driving down the road on the way back to my car.

After all that walking I was a bit hungry and a bit tired. So what to do? After my friend Darryl got off work we walked down the road to get take-away Indian food, and once that was polished off we borrowed the neighbor’s dog for a post-dinner evening walk once I realized that I was oh-so-close to breaking the step record. We walked over to the grounds of a really cool school that has a huge veg garden and some awesome looking tree houses!

Hollyhocks for dad.  :)

Hollyhocks for dad. 🙂

Everyone needs a hidey-hole tree fort.

Everyone needs a hidey-hole tree fort.

What kid, big or small, wouldn't love this tree house?

What kid, big or small, wouldn’t love this tree house?

And that, my friends, is how you can rack up a whole lotta steps in one day here in Christchurch!!

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