I have been down south for work - been quite nice to sleep in a real bed instead of an airbed on the floor! Motels have a lot going for them some days...and it was a treat to slouch in bed watching TV at the end of the day (which was actually rather late since my work took me to a day and a night shift!)
So, anyway this trip I got as far as Timaru. It takes about 2 hours to get there usually, this time it took me an extra half hour owing to the road works going on in and around our city.
Timaru is a port town, and it has some lovely old buildings and houses - all of which made me a bit sad for what Christchurch has lost but also happy to be able to see this architecture such a short drive away from home!
Timaru is also the birthplace of Phar Lap, a great old race horse who met an mystery end (well, more of a mystery than ending up at the pet food factory anyway).
The town has created a rather spectacular sculpture of the horse, up close it is really impressive and I had such a fine sunny day for loitering with intent to take a photo or two!
I saw some other creatures of the equine kind on my way home....this one in the paddock next to the sculpture, looking rather disinterested I felt!
And then further on down the road, a paddock with this fellow in it, he kept coming up to the fence and I am sure he was of the "Look at me" ilk....if he could have shouted I am sure he would have been a little 'hoarse'...