Local Heart, Global Soul

August 12, 2018

History Being Built All Around The Bridge…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Visiting Christchurch, New Zealand’s city center in the first days of 2018, Himself and I stopped by the Colombo street, bridge.

Not the large overhead bridge that takes traffic across the railway tracks and through the areas of Sydenham and Beckenham to Cashmere on the Port Hills, but the small more historic bridge that crosses the Avon river at Cambridge Terrace.

Located a few blocks north of the Square, and directly next to the Town Hall, this bridge was on one of my walking routes to and from work when I lived in my first flat with two other girls about half a kilometer north of here.

Here on the banks of the Avon I would sometimes come for a lazy weekend picnic lunch with a book under the shade of the trees.

Home cooking was both a habit and a financial necessity but sometimes after my regular trips to the large Public library nearby I bought potato filled sausages and chips as a treat from the snack bar in the little pedestrian alleyway that connected the Library on Gloucester Street to Cathedral Square.

If the weather was warm I’d head two either of two favourite spots.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The first was Victoria Square, one block further from the Library, and just over the road from here and the second was the bank of the river.

Victoria Square usually won in the evenings because the fountain used to change colours and was beautiful to sit by on a bench with my hot dinner.

The river bank usually won if I wanted some summer weekend peace and quiet.

A tight budget meant my hobbies were simple by necessity and sitting reading or watching the world go by cost nothing and were equally enjoyable.

There were mobile phones back then but they were the size of bricks, cost a ton and no one I knew owned one.

We didn’t even dream, and it was never an issue.

It’s strange to look at those river banks now, there are construction materials everywhere, in all directions I see the city razed and slowly being rebuilt.

I take my camera and do a slow three hundred and sixty degree series of photographs …apologies I didn’t get them in complete chronological order.

I’m also trying to remember the name of the restaurant on the banks that used to serve meals unlike any other restaurant at the time, it was a family place you could line up and order various meals (roast chicken, beef or pork with roast veggies, kid friendly food) and then there were booths where you would sit after you got your meals.

It used to be here very close to this bridge if I remember correctly, but I last went there as a kid so don’t remember precisely where. So many changes will be taking place around here in the next years… this bridge may be historical but one day we will look back on this moment in time, when history was being built …or rather, rebuilt all around here.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

2 Comments »

  1. yes the city certainly has changed over the years especially since the earthquake 😦

    Comment by Amy — August 12, 2018 @ 3:56 am | Reply

    • Amy,
      I am trying to get as many photographs as I can, every time we visit so that we can not only see how far the city has come after the rebuild, but also so that we can remember our past.

      Comment by kiwidutch — August 12, 2018 @ 8:51 pm | Reply


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