Thursday, May 04, 2017

Redcliffs and nearby

A friend lives at Redcliffs, Christchurch, with a stunning view of the estuary as it opens into the sea below. From her place we took several walks. One track started near a drain where a kotuku was living, then took us along the Heathcote River. Another took us steeply uphill to near the Summit Rd. And a third walk took us to Sumner Beach. Here are a few photos from the walks- and a few of the view my friend enjoys without even leaving the house!

 Daytime view, then dawn view

 Crepuscular rays after the sunrise had finished
 Autumn trees along the Heathcote River walkway
 The second morning's sunrise
 On the climb up from Redcliffs to the Summit Rd
 The view up the top in a reserve not far from the Summit Rd
 Lots of work has occurred to make the cliff near Sumner safe if further rock falls occur. Houses that owners loved used to perch up here.
 Seen on Sumner Beach
 This kotuku and the shag below were seen when we took the path towards the Heathcote River.


  1. Hi Margaret
    The Christchurch Camino group has had two initial interesting meetings and we have scheduled another meeting on July 17th. I attach the agenda. Would you mind if I informed the group of your blog, and your postings which I have followed since 2008.


    Joe of Christchurch

    Draft Agenda July 17

    Photos playing on screen. (If you wish please send 5-10 Camino images to Peter.)

    Record names, emails etc.



    Give Name, Caminos completed, planned

    Outline the evening:

    Has anyone brought something they wish to share?

    Has anyone a question for the whole group?

    Whole Group Discussion: Arrival in Santiago. Recommended places to stay, cafes, museums, mass etc.

    In hind sight:

    Deb; staying in religious affiliated accommodation

    Interesting Journal Entries:


    Mixed Group Discussions: (15-20 minutes)

    of Experienced and Inexperienced Perigrinoes

    Report Back:

    Report anything of interest to the whole group.

    Tea and Talk: (begin by 8.15pm at latest)

    Time for a cuppa and informal chat

    Useful Items: (Reform As a Group.)

    Ask for contributions.

    Next Meeting Date/Topics for Agenda:

    Conclusion 8.45pm

    Library Car park. The gate is currently broken so the carpark is accessible after 7pm.

    Points Arising from the Last Meeting:

    Useful websites

    Forums for and by pilgrims.

    This is run by Ivar and covers all routes and has very useful information.

    This is less utilised but has an interesting thread on Religion and Spirituality, especially the series of posts by HuskyNerd. ('Ideas for Making the Most of the Camino's Spiritually.')

    Guidebooks are available from

    The Book Depository (free postage)

    Amazon Books

    Scorpio Books

    1. Hi Grandpa Joe
      I am glad that things are getting underway down there with the Christchurch Camino group. Yes, feel free to share my blog with anyone who might be interested. It is getting quite 'old' now but some things don't change on the Camino! Margaret