Friday, November 18, 2011

Nosey Parker in the Neighbourhood ....

I am so excited about Kat's Nosey Parker in the Neighbourhood linky party! What a great way to get to know fellow bloggers a bit better.

Diary of a Flutter.Kat

Tell us about your home/where you live ....
We're a family of 3 living in a little country called New Zealand. We're originally from Wellington (the capital city) but due to Phil's work we had to move to Christchurch where we've been living for 3 years now.

New Zealand is made up of 2 main islands and Christchurch is located on the east coast of the South Island. Some of you may have heard of it because of all the earthquakes we have had over the last year. It has been tough for everyone living here but we were among the lucky ones. Our home (rental) was undamaged and our lives go on as normal ....

Before the earthquakes Christchurch was known for it's large number of heritage buildings. Unfortunately a lot of these were damaged in the quakes and continuing aftershocks and had to be demolished. The fate of the iconic Christchurch cathedral is still being debated.

Christchurch Cathedral before the quakes.
All this talk of earthquakes is making the place sound awful but believe me it's not all bad.

What are the houses like in your area?
The houses are mainly detached and with the cities heritage there are a number of brick houses still.

What are some of your favourite places to visit or favourite things to do in and about your city?
In the summer (and having a small child) we like going to Orana Wildlife Park. It's a great place to spend the day but the park is quite spread out so there's a fair bit of walking involved. The cool thing about Orana is that it gives you the chance to get up close and personal with some of the animals. 

Riley's favourite bit is feeding the giraffes ....

We also like going to the beach in the Summer holidays. New Brighton beach has a long pier that you can walk down and people often fish off the end of it.

How do most people travel around your town/city?
Car .... Christchurch has a large number of cyclists as well. This is because the city is nice and flat and easy to get around. The city also has a good public transport system.

Me on the other hand, I travel via my own 2 feet unless of course Phil is here to drive us. Luckily for me we have a number of places within walking distance from our house - Riley's Kindy, various shops (dairy, take aways, hairdressers etc), primary school, the park and medical center.

Is there a type of food that would be quintessential to where you live?
I don't think so .... pineapple lumps maybe?
Love them! Pineapple Lumps are chocolates with a chewy pineapple flavoured centre.

Edited to add: 
L&P!! "World famous in New Zealand" .... (thanks Kat for the reminder)
L&P stands for Lemon and Paeroa. It's a fizzy drink but I personally can't stand the stuff.

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about my corner of the world. I know it doesn't sound all that exciting but it's where we call home .... for now.

Linking up here.


Anonymous said...

Haha I think you'll find that none of use think our own posts are exciting. But isn't it fascinating reading about others'? I didn't know you were from Wellington. Me too. Well Upper Hutt actually. Where abouts are you from?
And mmmmm Pineapple lumps. YUM!

Anonymous said...

oh - and what about Lemon & Pairoa (L&P) drink? "World famous in NZ" and all that ;) LOL...

Janet said...

My goodness! What is a pineapple lump? It looks like chocolate, but is it? New Zealand seems like an exotic place to me. I would like to visit some day. My middle daughter went there, by herself, when she was 18 for two months. One of the few places in the world where a young woman could travel alone safely I think. Thanks for showing us around. It looks lovely.

quiltzyx said...

Pineapple Lumps? Sounds good to me too! What is L&P? Is it a lemon drink?

Thanks for the tour of your neighborhood! Another place I would like to visit some day. :D

Bron said...

Hey that was fun to learn you are in New Zealand...I think we forget because the world is a small place on the net.