Saturday, September 18, 2010
Basil and I used to walk, every night and at the weekends, which sadly fell by the wayside when we moved here 3 years ago. With his last heart it has given us some impetus to get walking again the weather has improved so we went for our first walk this afternoon. We went through the school, and around the block which was interesting. the school though functioning has some outward signs of earthquake damage. Brodie a two storey classroom block has black plastic over the the red bricks, and unusable, but the newly installed hockey ground is now the only Olympic grade hockey ground untouched by the quake. Spring has sprung and there are some lovely Magnolias on our walk, what a lovely tree I wish they could bloom all year around.
Friday, September 17, 2010
|Birds and Flora of NZ, fell over in the earthquake, ok. not really just my lack of skill.|
|half a metre of ribbon with beads, I'm a magpie I admitt it.|
|A bag of scraps, I can't resist bits and pieces.|
|5 inch squares, thinking cushions.|
|Lovely fairy fabric, green is not my thing but I love this.|
|The sari offcuts joined up to make 19 metres, for knitting.|
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Just some of quilts in the Quilt Exhibitions there were 4 at the Show.These are all NZ quilts, there were quilts from Australia and a group from a international blog group. Very interesting wandering around having a look before the main even" the market mall". I had a good look at everything and bought a few things, if I had more money I could have gone mad, but I was very happy with what I bought. I'm leaving that for another post as I want to have a cuppa and put my feet up, it was extremely warm in the Event Centre and quite frankly I felt hot and dizzy at times and by the look of those having a sit down with me I wasn't the only one. This is a Craft Show with Australian shops featured, it usually only comes to the North Island, but this year it came to Christchurch, we met up with friends from the far south and they weren't the only ones from further south and north of Christchurch. It certainly looked very busy so I hope it'll continue in the future, I'm glad I took a day off to go, because I think the weekend will be manic.Love Aunt Bee.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Amazingly, in the the last week I have done more knitting, and sewing than in the whole year. The one thing I have enjoyed is crafting, my brain isn't up to crosswords, indeed we didn't do any lunchtime crosswords for the first time in years. The clients all managed to respond to the earthquake drill Monday morning so we all feel more relaxed, and although there were shocks yesterday we didn't feel them. I've started knitting from this book, my nephews wife is pregnant with their first baby so I'm happy to make baby stuff. Love Aunt Bee.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Back in March I showed you photos of a wonderful shop called La Boutique which was just down the road in Cranford St. What I haven't told you and please go and look at the photos because all of it has gone, the shop and all its stock have been demolished, there were a number of shops in the block and all were wrecked, the photos were everywhere as they were some of the first buildings to be condemned and bulldozed on the Sunday. I think I have the only photos of the shop as it was, so I shall be in touch with Rose at some later time and see if she wants some copies. While sitting here we have had a rumble and later a shake, we know they are getting less but we are so over it, I'm going out to check me cracks as opposed to me petunias. Love Aunt Bee.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
|Taken from Aj's work place our usual way there.|
|This is one of our favourite restaurants.|
Monday, September 6, 2010
A quick post, nearly my 100th, wow that hasn't taken long. I'm up and dressed and it's 12.33 in the morning we have had 2 big after-shocks since 11.25pm and I really terrified. We have at least 5 today over 5RS and it is really so wearing on the nerves. Went to work today because we knew we would have clients and we had 12 but thank god 5 went home at lunchtime, we are only 2 main streets over from the CBD, and our building though it looks all right really moaned and groaned with each tremour, the water situation is such the Boss cancelled work till we have an all clear on the cleanliness of the water. No damage to our house, good old 1970's construction they weren't pretty but they were solid, but we now have a few small slumps on the road by our drive. Aj and Tom are sleeping on the lounge floor now as we have had some really big tremours tonight.I can't describe the terror of such a large earthquake, but we those of us at work today all agree it is by far the most scary thing we have ever experienced.Barry found it terrifying on the 2nd floor of the hospital, they told him after surgery on Friday he needed to go home to peace and quiet and a stressless environment. HaHa. Tomorrow we shall do some stocking up of supplies, we need more batteries etc..........and water bottles. thinking of you all hope you are safe where-ever you are...........Love Aunt Bee.
Friday, September 3, 2010
A quick post to say yes we had the mother of all EARTHQUAKES at 4.33am this morning. It was the worst earthquake ever and as NZ is called the Shaky Isles we do have a few at least 25,000 a year I think. But in all my 54 years that was the worse, pitch black, only me and the "men" at home, Basil still in hospital, I've just picked him up. Three Simpsons will not fit under our table, so it was the doorways for us, the first thing we did was rush outside and check on the neighbours, we at least had a gas hob and I had got a new gas refill only on Saturday. No power, so no phone till 1pm, but oh! Lordy the after-shocks have been so bad, one at 8am was 5.5, God almighty there has been some praying done in this house today. We are o.k. our 1970's house went with the flow, but I just picked up Basil from hospital and the destruction is bad especially town, at this stage I don't know what that means for work...........as town is closed off. We know people whose house is a right off and some with business gone but we are fine and no after shocks for 1 hour now. Basil was on the 2nd floor of the hospital and awake so he has some stories to tell. That's it no photo, took some but they didn't turn out, probably because I was shaking so much. Love all Aunt Bee..........I'm off to have a shower now, the water should be warming up.And for the cat lovers, Dave is very shaken and wont come in the house, or only for food and then he's off to the relative safety of the deck.