Days Fifty Nine and Sixty: Waitangi Day in Sumner

Christchurch is getting ready for a public holiday tomorrow (6th of February) and I spent most of the day as I have been doing… wandering around aimlessly and seeing what I came across. I’m not going to post much from day 59, as day 60 has a lot to see. Here’s the fun stuff though:

I ran across this reminder in a Robert Harris coffee shop. I couldn't agree more!

I ran across this reminder in a Robert Harris coffee shop. I couldn’t agree more!

Sneak preview. Check back in a day or two for more of these, seen in Cathedral Square.

Sneak preview. Check back in a day or two for more of these, seen in Cathedral Square.

LOVE those people at New World, the local grocery store. This store is fairly new.

LOVE those people at New World, the local grocery store. This store is fairly new.

Safety first! Clearly marked pedestrian paths guide you through the New World carpark.

Safety first! Clearly marked pedestrian paths guide you through the New World carpark.

This is at an upscale shopping area called The Tannery. I didn't need anything, although there was this Tui sculpture...

This is at an upscale shopping area called The Tannery. I didn’t need anything, although there was this Tui sculpture…

Just a random house. Darryl says the "stonework" is a false front, but I still like it!!

Just a random house. Darryl says the “stonework” is a false front, but I still like it!!

Dinner was at a DELIGHTFUL restaurant called “Indian Sumner” in the beach-side suburb Sumner.

So on to Day Sixty, also known as Waitangi Day!!  While it officially celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, like most mid-summer holidays there is a fair amount of “Hey, let’s throw a party” going on. I took a drive out to Sumner to take some photos of the restaurant from the night before and to get shots of the murals along the coast on the way into town. There were A LOT of people out wandering around, enjoying the beach and the sun on their public holiday. The shipping containers are in place to prevent rock falls from reaching the roadway. Sumner was hard-hit in the earthquake, and many businesses are still closed and there are a lot of cliff-top/side homes that are now condemned.

60 Indian Sumner 1

This pretty sign was hand made from bits of paua shell.

This pretty sign was hand made from bits of paua shell.

60 Sumner sign

The local notice board. Includes a doggy poo bag give away. The other side was housing listings.

The local notice board. Includes a doggy poo bag give away. The other side was housing listings.

Joe, you read my mind!!

Joe, you read my mind!!

60 Sumner Joe's Waitangi

Just happened to see this when I glanced into someone's open garage door!!

Just happened to see this when I glanced into someone’s open garage door!!

I don't think I'd want a house atop this hill!

I don’t think I’d want a house atop this hill!

60 Sumner no stopping

60 Sumner containers wall

ALL of the murals are TWO containers tall.

ALL of the murals are TWO containers tall.

60 Sumner beach right view

60 Sumner beach left view

 

60 Sumner art 12

60 Sumner art 11

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60 Sumner art 9

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60 Sumner art 7

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60 Sumner art 4

60 Sumner art 3

60 Sumner art 2

For dinner I had the first really good Mexican food I’ve had since I’ve been here (TWO MONTHS!), at Alvarado’s in Christchurch. I even celebrated the occasion by having a proper drink, with salt.

60 Alvarado's Menu

60 Alvarado's interior

60 Alvarado's drinkAfter dinner we took the (borrowed) dog out for a short walk, and I found these cool murals to add to my collection!

60 evening walk mural 1

60 evening walk mural 2

60 evening walk mural 3

60 evening walk mural 4

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