Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, But Not Forgotten

Snow on the high country of Norway: By late summer, it is gone, but Norwegians do not forget…..

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Two earthquakes in the 7.1- 7.4 range left Christchurch reeling, and the cathedral which had stood fro 180 years, extensively damaged. These photos of Cathedral square were taken before the first big quake: September 2010.

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Cathedral Square and the glorious bluestone University buildings – and Christchurch centre: Gone, but not forgotten. What wasn’t ruined by the quake, was damaged by flooding and “liquifaction”

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The old Norwegian club house – on Norwegian National Day celebrations. Gone, but not forgotten. The Norwegian club is still in existence but the clubhouse was sold, a sign of the times when the club cannot maintain a large enough membership base, to maintain the building.

Annual Syttende Mai parades, good norwegian mat, ( food), friendship, dancing and flag waving is gone, but not forgotten. The upholding of a tradition, and cultural ways.

Traditions can go, but should never be forgotten, for that is a true historical tragedy.

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Gone, But Not Forgotten

Something to Ponder About

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About Forestwoodfolkart

Scandinavian culture, literature and traditions are close to my heart, even though I am Australian. I have Scandinavian, Frisian and Prussian/Silesian ancestry and for that reason, I feel a connection with that part of the world. I am an avid Nordic Crime fiction reader, and enjoy photography, writing and a variety of cooking and crafts, and traditional decorative art forms. Politically aware and egalitarian by nature, I have a strong environmental bent.
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14 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, But Not Forgotten

  1. Leya says:

    Beautiful Norway and beautiful Christchurch. I hope the rebuilding is satifactory and the city’s beauty will be restored!

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  2. pommepal says:

    I also have seen Christchurch before and after the earthquake, so sad to see the devastation a good choice for gone but not forgotten. So many traditions are now disappearing also.

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  3. Dina says:

    Lovely post and a fine entry for the challenge. I especially appreciate; “Traditions can go, but should never be forgotten, for that is a true historical tragedy.” How true, indeed!
    Ha en god helg og en fin 2. advent! 🙂 ❤

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    • Tak for din kommentar, Dina. I feel that so much precious knowledge has been lost over historical times, and sometimes we scramble to rediscover it. Traditions are a good way to preserve this kind of knowledge. Ha det fint advent ogsaa. 🙂

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  4. nowathome says:

    Beautiful post!

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  5. scrapydo says:

    Yes, so sad but we will never forget how it was. Same with traditions, they will always be with us. Beautiful display. I love the last one with the photo in the middle and the others around it!

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  6. I last saw the Christchurch cathedral 30 years ago and then again last year. The people are resilient and are slowly rebuilding their lives but still struggle with red tape etc. Someone went into the cathedral this week and took photos of it. Apart from being dangerous it showed just how life stopped when the earthquake struck. Thank you for showing these photos. 😀

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    • Is there a link to these photos, Raewyn? I would like to see them, as I am still shocked at what happened. It is good to know they are resilient. Just this week, a New Zealand production showed on TV here, a dramatisation of events.

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