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Day Trip to Oxford Township

Went for a drive to Oxford today. Oxford is a town that I once thought of moving to many years ago, but the rush hour commute every weekday on the long, straight Tram Road drive didn’t appeal.

Map showing the direction of Oxford town from Christchurch city

My work setup in recent years has become rather flexible, and possibly remain flexible for the foreseeable future, so I’ve been wondering about semi-rural living again. After all, it’s always been the semi-rural lifestyle that I find attractive in New Zealand, and one of the reasons I wanted to move here.

Internet connectivity is important to me, so naturally I’ve done a Speedtest… this is just one test, on a Sunday, and in my opinion, a decent result on a budget-oriented telco. This is testing against the 2degrees Christchurch location, which I’m expecting to be the nearest server to test against.

Speedtest to 2degrees Christchurch from Oxford town centre

Anyway, we ended our walkabout of Oxford with a delicious glass of iced chocolate and a gluten-free carrot cake.

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Recent Orchid Additions

There’s been a couple of new orchid additions to the household recently. It’s amazing how there always seem to be enough room for orchids here… Geoff loves all sorts of orchids, and I personally find Paphiopedilums irresistible 🙂

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Christchurch City Walkabout

Another lovely day to be out for a walk in #Ōtautahi #Christchurch #Aotearoa #NewZealand. Not usually a fan of savoury muffins but apparently is a must when at @c1espresso.

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Winter Sunset in Ōtautahi / Karaitiana Christchurch

I love walking through Hagley Park when the sky isn’t pouring down with rain. Here’s some lovely photos that I’ve taken with my cellphone on my way home.

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Christchurch City Walkabout

The sun has finally emerged after having disappeared for almost two weeks. The walkabout in town is pretty much a given! Apparently we did just around 13,000 steps today, but I’m sure that the calories consumed balanced that out.

Here’s some pictures taken today (with the rainy photo taken a few days ago). All taken with the new-to-me Samsung Galaxy Note 9. I’m actually pretty impressed with output of the camera. After years of super saturated outputs, I’m glad that Samsung had toned this down somewhat.

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Christchurch City Walkabout

Nothing beats a lovely walkabout in the city when the sun is out in Christchurch, especially when the city is a mere 45-60 minutes walk away – combining exercise and sightseeing is nice 🙂 Apparently we did almost 12,000 steps!

There’s also a trendy new eatery place that’s opened called The Welder. It’s established in a block of repurposed industrial buildings (something that’s very popular these days for that naturally rough, industrial look). I feel so old when I go in – everyone seems to be so trendy and hip in there! Even the food’s pretty trendy… carrot muffin with some sort of homemade hummus and spinach topping (I think… can’t remember now!), and the hot chocolate had some sort of spice sprinking (I think it’s cinnamon).

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Autumn in Christchurch

Autumn’s my favourite season of the year. The colours of the city really stands out during this season, accentuated by the low angle of the sunlight throughout the day. You can’t beat a walkabout in the city on a sunny autumn’s day.

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First Weekend of Freedom

We got our freedom back two days ago in the sense that we’re now allowed to go outside for non-essential things, such as for entertainment and for non-essential shopping. We went out for a walk to stretch our legs, and somehow ended up in the city centre which is full of people. There weren’t many shoppers in the invididual stores, though. I guess it’s a bit of a hassle to have to sign in / sign out (a requirement for contact tracing) is all you want is to go inside for a bit of a browse.

We did however go into Ballantynes, and it was packed – not in the Boxing Day Sales sort of way but it was crowded enough that there’s no way to maintain a one-metre distance between people as required by the COVID-19 Alert Level 2 guidelines!

It’s quite amazing to see the city centre so crowded, as there would be little to no tourists in the city.

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Autumn Garden

It’s been a very long time since I’ve taken “proper” photos with the 2007 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 compact point-and-shoot camera. After all, with cellphones producing technically higher resolutions than this camera today, it makes little sense to use this antiquated digital camera for taking any photos, right?

Hmm, I think this camera still have useful life. Aren’t these colours beautiful? Sometimes this camera can produce a cyan sky when there’s too much green in the shot though, but generally I love the colours produced by this camera’s JPEGs. (It only shoot JPEGs, no RAWs.)

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Christchurch City Walkabout

Geoff and I do a walkabout in the city almost every weekend as part of our attempt to get off the coach at least once a week. I don’t always take photos when going on such walks… but I really should do that more often. After all, I do enjoy taking photos.

Hagley Park – Christchurch’s main city park – is pretty much at our doorstep. Soon, perhaps in about a month or so, the leaves will turn yellow and brown, and hopefully I’ll be in time to take some lovely autumn scenes. The “pop-up” bookshop still has stock in disarray, a time capsule in its own right.