A walk on the beach in Sumner

Sumner is a suburb of Christchurch that was seriously damaged by the 2011 earthquakes.  Many of the iconic cliffs disintegrated which caused many of the million-dollar homes to slide down the cliffs or be so damaged, all that could be done is to demolish them.  It’s interesting to see how large shipping containers are used to shore up the now-dangerous cliffs and protect the road from more slides.

It’s a beautiful beach and was a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon, mind you the wind had a bit of a bite to it.  Didn’t stop young Rory and Conor from having ice-creams though – what else does one do at the beach then have ice-creams?!

Sumner Beach - don't be deceived by the blue sky, it was chilly out there!

Sumner Beach – don’t be deceived by the blue sky, it was chilly out there!

The Irish are everywhere in Christchurch – all here for the work created by the rebuilding of the city after the 2011 earthquakes.  There’s minimal work in Ireland these days (still feeling the effects of the 2008 economy meltdown) and like many of the larger cities in Canada, the young Irish go wherever they can get a working visa, to keep up their skills and further their careers, whilst waiting for the time they can return to Ireland.  Walking around the city centre, I think I hear more Irish accents than Kiwi!  Check this recent article in the Irish Times that gives some insights.

A bunch of young Irish folks, getting themselves ready for a mass ice bucket challenge.  they all ran into the sea afterwards - brr!

A bunch of young Irish folks, getting themselves ready for a mass ice bucket challenge. They all ran into the sea afterwards – brr!

Conor on the see-saw with his Dad on the other end. Conor was the cuter looking which is why he is in the photo and his Dad is not ;-)

Conor on the see-saw with his Dad on the other end. Conor was the cuter looking which is why he is in the photo and his Dad is not 😉

Mischievous Rory with his infectious giggle on another seesaw with a pal from school.

Mischievous Rory with his infectious giggle on another seesaw with a pal from school.

The happy parents to these two boys, Anne Marie and Lyndon

The happy parents to the boys – Anne Marie and Lyndon

Me with Anne Marie!

Me with Anne Marie!  After our warm coffees.

 

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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