I thought we best be up at 9 by the latest, given that Pat and Alan had made their comment about their Scottish relatives who had visited the few days before we got there staying in that late, although I think me and Alice could have done with staying in a little bit longer. I did feel a bit bad though that they had waited for breakfast to have it with us, and because there's so much talking involved we didn't finish until about 11.
We then drove into the city centre to see the temporary shop buildings made of shipping containers, which was quite cool. Some of them were disguised quite well that that's what they were whereas some of them made their cafes look quite quirky by using it to their advantage. We walked to the square, where they had flower displays for the festival of flowers, and to look at the old cathedral, which unfortunately has been damaged quite a lot. It seems very similar to politics, the way people are arguing what to do with it, whether to knock it down and build a new one or renovate the old one.
We then went to a little laneway of craft shops, and walked back to where the car was parked. Pat asked whether we wanted to get some lunch or go look at the cardboard cathedral, and I said I'd like to sit down as I feel very run down from not sleeping too well recently, and I felt very weak with a headache and sore throat. It didn't help that it was one of the hottest days today, but I felt really bad that I couldn't be more enthusiastic when I felt so rubbish. We sat down in the shade on the bank of the River Avon, and a Czech man took a picture of us, so we were talking to him for a bit. He said that he jokes with people that Christchurch is the only place where the rich live near the airport and the poor live in the city or near the beach.
Alan suggested we went home for some lunch and have a rest and then went to the cardboard cathedral which I thought sounded good. It's been so long since we had a lunch with a whole selection of things that me and Alice couldn't help but take a bit of everything!
The cardboard cathedral is a temporary building for use whilst they work out what to do with the old ones, and is so called because it is decorated inside with cardboard tubes. The theme is carried throughout, with them decorating the pulpit, and forming the cross above the altar. We drove home and all felt like we needed to have a shower as it was so hot!
We ate dinner in a Chinese restaurant, which was very nice, although Pat and Alan said that it had changed a lot since they had last gone. We came home and were given biscuits (Pat says she can't go to sleep without having something sweet after her savoury... we are very spoilt with food here!)