Friday, July 29, 2022

Christchurch July 2022

Hannah and I are now home from a fabulous trip to Christchurch. We spent ten days there as Hannah was attending the 2022 British Ballet Organisation's Dance Days. 

We had a great flight south, about 1 1\2 hours, and arrived to a sunny but freezing day in Christchurch.

Before Dance Days started, Hannah also competed in the Theatre awards section, and did so well, very proud of her. Here is Hannah with her dancing teacher Miss Deb, and some of her friends, they all did amazing!

At the end of the week, there was a gala performance put on by all the students that attended and this is an absolute pleasure to watch - how it all comes together, the music is amazing. After the performance, there was an awards ceremony, and trophies are given out in the different genres of dance, and then overall, for each level, top students and scholarships to attend next year are given out.  Hannah was awarded an Excellence Award for Tap, and several of our girls also received trophies, including Junior and Intermediate Student, 11 trophies in total for our little dance school. There were lots of happy tears I can tell you, such a high to end the wonderful week for the girls.  Hannah has worked so hard with her dancing in the past twelve months, through another lock down, classes via zoom, exams by video, we were absolutely thrilled for her.

Then it was time to head into the city for our two night stay at an apartment above Cathedral Junction, with our friends. 

Regent Street by night.

We had a fun filled weekend, even though the weather was pretty miserable. Outlet mall shopping, Starbucks, ice skating for the girls, birthday celebrations for one of our friends, and catching up on some down time and sleep

Checking out one of our favourites, Riverside Market 

My lovely friends, we so enjoy getting to hang out for this week together while our daughters are dancing, 

Of course, we had to find a few craft shops!  Broomfields has recently reopened and wow, if you get the opportunity to visit this lovely place, it's amazing. 

We found Outlaw Yarn this time, and it has some beautiful NZ wool to buy, patterns, samples to see, amazing too.

We also checked out Art & Frame, where you could really spend a small fortune but I was very restrained this visit, ha ha. Here's my goodies I came home with:

We flew back to Palmerston on Monday afternoon, good timing as the weather turned atrocious in Christchurch on Monday night, with lots of flooding. We're already looking forward to Dance Days 2023!


butterfly said...

Oh you must be so proud of your beautiful daughter , well done to her and her friends .
Looks like you enjoyed your trip .
Nice buys and great photos.

Sandie said...

What a fantastic trip and well done to your daughter and her friends from the dance school. I really enjoyed the photos of Christchurch, we had many happy memories of holidays which included going there. Good to see that businesses are flourishing again.

Marilyn said...

Congratulations to Hannah!!
You found some nice goodies while there.
Thanks for sharing all of the beautiful pics.

loulee said...

Looks like you both had a very successful trip. Congratulations to Hannah.

Claudette497 said...

It looks like a wonderful trip! Congratulations to your daughter - I can't even imagine taking dance lessons remotely! She must be so hard working and talented to be able to excel through that!

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