If you cant put your mind at ease about everything that has happened here lately, head down to the Canterbury Museum - its got a whole heap of things of that I liked in the new Canterbury Earthquake display. It was great.
The thing that got to me, was the Cathedral spire which you see when you first enter that part. I liked how they had the people that identafied the dead (Forensic Pathologists) they not only tracked down the people that were related to the fallen, they also returned all their belongings to their next of kin. There were some videos that were very good. I thought they displayed the time that the earthquake hit very well. There is a radio tape that you can listen to the noise when the 7.1 in September hit. The noises included in the mans cabin were when the earthquake hit, rumbling, cracking and glasses breaking, the man swearing in fright. (Which I think a lot of us did that morning!) I thought it was all very well done.
Then there was a display of a group of dresses that fashion people had made. They were Wearable Art - the one I thought was good, was made out of metal armor that they had made with old blacksmiths techniques - there was alot of different things to see.
We went to the display room with a heap of plants in it and on them there were butterflies. The lady there let Arlais and me hold one each. They tickle like mad when they move. The one I held was just out of its chyrsalis because it was drying its wings on a flower. There was alot of them and when we went out a lady showed us how to tag a butterfly and report it. What you do is hold the tip of the wings firmly and put a sticker on there. There will be a number on the tags you then enter that number online.
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On the way to the Museum, we went through the Botanic Gardens. It was a great. There were a lot of displays through the gardens for the flower show- it was good to see that the gardens had not lost any of their glory. The butterflies were going mad - so were were the bees and it was a great walk on the bridge looking into the river. There was a small brown trout in the water and before the earthquake you could always see trout and eels in the water so it was a great day.
On Saturday morning, we visited the place where The Herbal Dispensary once was. It has gone now. There, there is a small fridge put there by a group called Gapfiller. It was a great because I love books and we took some and got some to bring home too. If you have books you dont like, want or need take them down to the gap filler and swap your books for ones you like the look of it is was great!
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