Even though it has been many years since I have lived in Christchurch, I travel there every Christmas to spend time with my parents. I had assumed that the city would always be there, always be the same comfortable place, unchanged and waiting for me as old home towns do. Although hopefully wonderful new buildings will rise from the rubble, I'm grieving because the place that I knew is gone.
|A pic of Lyttelton, where the earthquake was centred, I took from across its harbour last Christmas. It sustained heavy damage and along with the rest of Christchurch has lost many of its historic buildings.|