The aftershocks are tapering off in frequency, though there are still some 4-plus shakes to keep us alert. We are now settled in to Leanne's place in Waitikiri Drive, near Bottle Lake; we've unpacked a fair bit of our stuff and Heather has rearranged the living room furniture (to suit the cats, she says, although the logic of that hasn't hit me yet). The cats came back from the cattery yesterday and are settling in to their new home quite well so far. Our lawn mowing guys came and cleared the section on Thursday, so the back yard looks miles better.
We think it's a pretty nice part of town, though it's a long way to the CBD - about 10km in fact. However, my commute to University is quite straightforward, and there are pleasant views of the mountains as I drive across QE2 Drive to Northcote, then down Greers and Clyde Rds to Ilam; it takes about 20 minutes, the same as it took from River Rd.
With only three weeks to go before my hip operation, our next focus will be getting set up so that the house can be navigated by a person on crutches. As I recover, Bottle Lake Forest, just along the block, will get well explored. It's all go round here, folks.