Poetic memories

November 17th, 2008 David

Church photoMany thanks to Tina for sharing both her evocative poem remembering the earthquake that damaged the church spire, and her photo montage.


from our peaceful slumber
by shaking wall
and trembling tiles,
quaking deep
within the ground,
in these placid isles.

Trapped in time
like flies in amber,
our thoughts
go ever circling round,
as life itself,
the yearly seasons,

yet still
we search
for hidden reasons.

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Past the half-way point

November 16th, 2008 David

Rebuilding the spireIt’s now mid November and father and son team, Richard and Matt, together with Robin, from Cedar Steeplejack, have passed the half-way stage of the rebuilding work.

These photos, taken by Richard on November 12th, show that the mid level openings have already been replaced. And they’re now well on the way to the upper openings in the spire.

It’s also interesting to see the amount of new stone-work they’ve had to use.

Click here to view slideshow 7.

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I’m taking cover!

November 12th, 2008 David

It seems I’ve upset some people by trying to explain why this little web project recording the repair of our earthquake-damaged church spire has ground to a halt. The reasons for the apparent discord between the church, the builders, the sub-contractors and the architects have nothing to do with me. And from my recent experience, I’d really like to keep it that way.

I’m not a church goer. My only interest is that I live opposite the church and love anything to do with local history. And since the church is our oldest building, and I build websites for a living, I thought it would be a good opportunity to combine a little work with a little pleasure.

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