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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I did a hill walk today as tomorrow is busy and I might not get my exercise done. I just walk over the road and start climbing. It's quite steep - I took this near the top of the walk; I live down below.It has been a lovely warm day here. You can't see it but those mountains in the distance (The Southern Alps) are snow covered and it all looked spectacular.

There are figurative, as well as literal, ups and downs on this walk. There are too many empty sections where people's homes once stood. It's sad to see letter boxes, glasshouses and gardens sitting there without their houses.

Some parts of the walk are treacherous. On the path down some of the concrete steps have parted from their wooden edges and I cling to the railing to avoid tripping and breaking my neck. No "light, fantastic toe" here!

Part of the footpath is still slipping down the hill and there I walked on the road, with an eye out for traffic.

There are signs of the rebuild starting. Huge machines litter the streets: this one is drilling to check ground stability. (It was in that driveway a few days; goodness knows what the occupants did with their cars.)

The huge reservoir half-way up the hill is nearing completion:

And the rebuild of some homes has started:

Here Spring is moving towards summer and, ground turmoil or not, flora and fauna are making the best of it. The whole route was full of blackbirds and bellbirds calling and flowers blooming in the empty sections, and in the council reserve on the hill.
Cineraria escapees from some garden were blossoming by the roadside:

as were forget-me-nots:

Nature abhors a vacuum and this plant has taken full advantage of the cracked concrete in this driveway:

Both exotic and native trees were showing off their colours:

This is the kowhai:

and these tulips will be waiting when their owners rebuild:

Not a bad way to get exercise. Now to track it all . . .
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