Monday, August 15, 2011

Forget SuperTramp - its SNOWING again!

Just back from the park, the Whovian and I found another butterfly which I thought was dead BUT when we picked it up and held it in warm snug mittened hands the wee wings started to move......



and it is now in a 'jar ward'....



Our Whovian was 14 yesterday....she wanted snow for the day, the snow arrived last night and this morning there is an abundance of it. I have never seen this much snow so close to our last 'dumping'. I guess these are indeed unusual times. When I mentioned that Christchurch must have annoyed Mother Nature - first earthquakes now snow, the Whovian corrected me. "No", she said " Snow is our reward for putting up with the 'quakes". Her glass will always be half full, methinks! (Some clever clogs has also stated that Christchurch is like a snow globe, if you shake her hard enough!)

This time the propellor heads (aka weathermen) are predicting another 2 days of snow....not sure how happy we will be about that! When it melts with the silt it makes for some very unhappy houseowners. I really feel for those without proper heating and homes.




Driving to work one day last week through the fog. I love a foggy morning as we know we will get a glorious day when it has burnt off.

Things have been rather quiet on the shake front, touch wood!! We still get them but they are smaller and further between, am hoping we're out the other side of that event.

Meanwhile, back at the park....



The pas few weeks have been taken up with working, and the crazy world of dealing with EQC and their counterparts. Everyone seems to agree that our house urgently needs help, but standing about talking won't get that roof and walls straight. We're apparently on a 6 degree lean, and we can now also see outside along one of the floors in the front room where already the bay windows have come adrift...

I have never been on so many lists and had to leave so many messages on phones in my life...would it be too hard for someone to actually answer their phone??


7 comments:

Steve said...

Snow might be pretty but I'll warrant it's the last thing you need right now. Hope things start moving in the direction for you soon re: your house (nu pun intended). And happy birthday to your 14 year old!

louciao said...

What extraordinary photos you've posted here, Saj! The one of the mittened hands with butterfly is so tender and surprising; the fog-lined river with swans is stunningly beautiful; the jar ward unique; the sheer amount of snow you have befuddling; the gaping wall alarming. Unusual times, indeed. How lovely for your Whovian that her birthday wish came true. Great to sense your be-toqued head and waving, mittened hand signalling to us from the snow bank that Christchurch has become. I hope and trust that there's a hot toddy warmly embraced in the other mitt.

Marginalia said...

I miss the tipple,but I expect you are busy with other stuff.

Jeneane said...

Last night, fetching the overnight firewood in from the veranda, I felt as though I was in a Russian folk tale as a great gust stormed through the garden. Then the power failed. With beds in the lounge, a kettle on the hob, oil lamps and candles lit and my neighbour checking up on us, I thought too, about the broken-homed of Christchurch, and the farcical Winter Heat programme co-ercing people into signing away their right to their solid-fuel fires in return for installation of a heat pump. But how heart-warming to see your latest Monarch butterfly story.

Stickup Artist said...

Your photos are amazing! The pink mittens showing off the delicate butterfly, and that gorgeous sunrise over the lake is the stuff any girl could get dreamy over. Like a fairy tale.

I hope your house gets straightened out (in more ways than one!) soon. Your spirit is always so upbeat it seems it would take much more than that to get you down!

VioletSky said...

between your photos and the Whovian's upbeat attitude and the butterfly's survival in the snow... oh wait, that's three things to be between.. nope, can't cut any of them loose. they are all great. and beautiful.

The Sagittarian said...

Steve - managed to make it to work today, still piles of snow about tho' clogging the already overpowered drainage system...gotta love those council guys who are out in the shitey weather trying to make our lives just that much more comfy!

Louciao- thank you, ma'am! Hot toddy's for all blog visitors today, I'm sorry but we will have to empty that jar of butterflies so we can use it to drink from...

Marginalia- yes, I have been remiss in the tipple department I must get on with that. Maybe revert to a Thirsty Thurdsday??

jeneane - sounds like you made the best of a snowy situation! It is still quite a magical sight to me...altho' I am starting to suspect that perhaps it is all just another 'snow job' from the politicians and CERA! :-)

StickUp- you kind words about my photos made me smile, you have such fabulous work on your blog that it has indeed cheered me considerably to hear that from you!:-) I try to keep on the upside, life's too short eh?

Violet-aw thanks, lovely to see you here in the snow! I have told the remaining butterflies they should head over your way for some warmth and TLC.