Here are images of the house and garden as we moved in. This was before we had internet installed and before I unpacked the trusty Nikon. It makes sense that images from this first week ought to be lower on pixels as we are a bit low on pixels ourselves at the moment.
We have moved into a rental. It is an 1890s home overlooking the port. It was damaged badly during the quakes but the integrity of the structure remains and it is bolstered while awaiting the repairs to restore it to its pre-earthquake glory. Much like Lyttelton, this house has character and cracks with amazing neighbors and views. It has space for our family of six and a garden that makes my heart flutter. We love it. We intend to enjoy it as much as we can over the next year as we plan and save for purchasing a home of our own in this little village. Despite her eccentricities, or perhaps because of, I suspect we will miss this old girl when we move ;) We will miss the fruit trees, the stage for theatricals, the serene loveliness of the garden and the noisy 24/7 bustle of the port.
For the moment we are "house camping". Our shipping container of items has not yet arrived. Originally it was due to arrive today but the date has been revised to February 7th. I am happy to say that, a week in, we are still enjoying the open space but I will none-the-less be excited to see the Mol Winter come in to port ;)