Last weekend we had the Summerfield girls with us while their parents enjoyed a quiet night away for their anniversary. This is the family who had our two while we were away hiking for our anniversary. We often trade kids for shorter times too–the kids are generally compatible and we’ve become each other’s surrogate family support network, as they are English and all their free childcare options are also overseas.
Sunday morning we took the whole clan to the “Arboria,” an inflatable walk-through art exhibit that uses different colors and thicknesses of plastic + sunlight to generate amazing displays of colors and patterns inside. It’s in Christchurch’s Cathedral square, where 5 years after the quakes the cathedral still stands in limbo, open to the elements and a prime pigeon roost. But see that crane int he background? LOTS of new building going on as well.
We waited in a surprisingly long line to get in, but the kids, incredibly, did well. I had packed sufficient food….barely. As I stood in line, 30 little fingers reached up, insinuating themselves into the container of grapes. “More?” “More?” their owners insist, quietly. Inexorably. This must be how mama birds feel, always in demand; not demand for one’s persona, but for services rendered. NOW.
We did, eventually, make it to the front of the line. We went through an air lock, and Milo enters a different world….
It looks a little sinister in this view, especially with Jeremiah’s menacing figure guarding the doorway. Actually, that wasn’t a doorway, just a colored panel that was hot from the sun hitting it, and Jeremiah’s soaking up the warmth.
But this view looks like a fairy palace, hobbit-style with the round passageways.
Amazing, the crew stayed still long enough to capture a non-blurry photo. Milo, Chloe, Amelie, and Ella.
The lacy shadow on the roof is cast by the chalice sculpture that stands outside in Cathedral Square.
…at the mesmerizing kaleidoscope of patterns.