Tag: christchurch

  • Crochet swimsuit, redcurrant jam, and an old video of Elizabeth

    Crochet swimsuit, redcurrant jam, and an old video of Elizabeth

    I crocheted myself a pair of bathers. I’m not sure whether I’ll wear them in public. The colour matches my skin a bit too closely and makes it look like I’m wearing nothing. It was fun to make though. Yesterday I picked some redcurrants and stewed them up to make jam. I used water, redcurrants, […]

  • Ten years on from Christchurch – February 22nd 2011

    Ten years on from Christchurch – February 22nd 2011

    It’s the tenth anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake today. 185 people died. I have written about my experience of the earthquake on this blog and so to avoid repeating myself I will simply link to that old post – my experience of the Christchurch 2011 earthquake. It changed our lives in so many ways. The […]

  • Phantom symptoms

    Am I the only one who has been feeling my forehead, palpating the glands in my neck, and imaging various other phantom symptoms, wondering whether I’ve caught the virus? Probably if you’re not sure whether you have a fever you don’t have a fever. Nevertheless, I decided to take my temperature just to make sure, […]

  • TradeMe must stop selling guns

    TradeMe must stop selling guns

    The news out of my old home town of Christchurch today is very sad. Kia Kaha, Christchurch. I feel like I say that a lot. Christchurch has had a really rough decade. When will it end? I wish the media would not report the names of terrorists. It encourages idolatry and copy cats. They should […]

  • Let them be scared

    I’ve been completely absorbed by the earthquake news coming out of New Zealand, like news of the three cows marooned on a tiny island of pasture: 3 cows stranded after New Zealand earthquake are rescued https://t.co/S9XWkhsbrl — TIME (@TIME) November 15, 2016   I am amazed by how much damage there is in Wellington given how far […]

  • Jumping and shaking

    Jumping and shaking

    We cycled to Newton Dee again yesterday and I got this jumping shot for my friend, Stew. Stew is going to give me a cameo in one of his films one day 🙂 This week is my company’s annual grand meetup but I’m not going because it’s in Whistler. I know what you’re thinking: Whistler!! […]

  • Another earthquake for Christchurch

    Christchurch had another earthquake yesterday; the biggest in quite a while and just another in the earthquake sequence which began on the 4th September 2010. I remember that first one well. It’s the reason we now live in Scotland. It was the middle of the night and we were all asleep. The sound is more terrifying […]

  • Hair cut just outside the red zone

    Originally posted on rachel.blog:
    We ventured into South City yesterday so that I could have a hair cut. South City is in the CBD just outside the cordoned off area, otherwise known as the red zone. I’ve never seen this part of town so quiet. My hair-dresser has been busy she says but one…

  • Snowdrops in my garden and the Christchurch earthquake

    The days are getting noticeably longer again. It seems to change very quickly from light to dark as winter sets in and then from dark to light again as winter draws to a close. Last November, the days grew shorter surprisingly quickly. You could see the difference from one day to the next. Now, in […]

  • The piano and I

    I played the piano today for the first time since before the Christchurch earthquakes. After February 22nd 2011, we sold our piano because it was an earthquake hazard and Elizabeth was only 18 months at the time and easily squashed and killed by heavy items of furniture toppling over during aftershocks. We haven’t had one […]

  • A beautiful frosty morning

    I have been longing for some snow but there has been none. We haven’t even had a proper frost, that is, not until this morning and the first real frost did not disappoint me. I used to love frosty mornings when we lived in Christchurch with the sound and the sensation of crunchy grass beneath […]

  • Photos from Christchurch

    Ben went to Christchurch for a few days this week and spent some time cycling around and taking photos. This is what he saw.  

  • How does Christchurch look today?

    Christchurch counted its 11,000th earthquake since September 4th, 2010, today. It has been more than two years since the first Christchurch earthquake of September 4th, 2010. It is almost two years since the smaller, but more devastating aftershock, of February 22nd, 2011 that claimed 185 lives. To most of the rest of New Zealand and the […]

  • Paying for air

    I met a woman here this week who moved up from Christchurch following the February 2011 earthquake. Not long before that quake, she and her husband bought an inner-city apartment in Christchurch. The entire building got red-stickered shortly after the earthquake and has since been demolished. While their apartment has now gone, the mortgage has […]

  • Should Christchurch be moved?

    I was pretty shocked to read in the news this morning that 48% of people outside Christchurch believe the city should be moved. If that’s true, then the number of people who believe Wellington should be moved ought to be higher. A quake in Wellington will be much larger, more destructive and more lethal to […]

  • Hair cut just outside the red zone

    We ventured into South City yesterday so that I could have a hair cut. South City is in the CBD just outside the cordoned off area, otherwise known as the red zone. I’ve never seen this part of town so quiet. My hair-dresser has been busy she says but one thing is new: most of […]