“Blog on ‘Canterbury’ in under 100 words,” they said. My heart plummeted – how could I, a wordy immigrant, hope to achieve that?
But before I could call myself a Cantab, first I had to come to terms with being a Kiwi. I bonded by doing all the right things: I barbied, bought an Edmonds cookery book, watched rugby at Jade Stadium (the Sharks won – Yeah, right!)
But the Pineapple Lumps advertisement finally did the trick. One viewing and I knew – I could come to love this place.
Recommended viewing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpj2oVJhYjM
Assignment 1: What’s the quirkiest thing about Christchurch/Canterbury for you?
Slowly watching bits of our house and business crumble and fall has made me realise that buildings are precious. Histories are made in them, families raised, alterations completed in the fashion of the day. Dreams are created – and sometimes lost. All of this creates a history that we will continue to add to.
If, like me, you have become more interested in the history of your house recently, then read this Canterbury Museum pamphlet, which gives a multitude of ideas how to find out more about your abode and the people who have lived there. Happy hunting.