Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Christchurch is not my home town, but I lived there for 5 years as a child, and started school there at Halswell Primary, which was quite badly damaged in the original quake. I've also lived just outside the city boundaries for 6 of the past 8 years, firstly in Lyttelton (close to the epicentre of this shock, and Christchurch's port) and later in Rangiora, about 25km north-west.
What was most distressing for me about yesterday's quake was the text I received from my daughter Sophie telling me that a big quake had struck and that she was stuck in her building. As she works on the 15th floor of a highrise in the centre of the city, I spent a tense few hours waiting to hear about her safety. Communication via text was patchy. Fortunately, she and workmates were rescued from the 10th floor by the fire brigade, as stairwells below this level had collapsed. They were drenched by fire hoses but unhurt.
Unfortunately, not everyone was so lucky. The death toll this morning stands at 38 identified bodies, but it could be as high as 300. People are still trapped in collapsed buildings.
Julie Rose, who took over the Pike River Quilt Project after I left the district, has suggested that surplus quilts be distributed to earthquake victims who have lost their homes and belongings. I have agreed with her plan. I hope those who have contributed blocks or quilts will be happy with this. I feel it is appropriate.
Friday, February 11, 2011
You can read more about Bluff here. It was settled by Europeans in 1824, making it one of the country's oldest permanent towns.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
After 2 hectic days and nearly 9 hours of travelling, I'm now in Invercargill, trying to get used to a space that's about 1/3 the size of my Rangiora home. The climate is fresh here, with cool winds and rain featuring more often than Canterbury but at least I will be spared the mid-30s temperatures that I find so trying.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
As I sorted through the storage area under the stairs (which has taken me much of today -ahem! No prizes for guessing it was rather a mess), I found a box containing yarn that I had completely forgotten about. At the time I packed this (in 2008), I was not really knitting with this sort of yarn, though I was clearly entranced enough to buy them.
The red/purple yarn and the blue/turquoise one on the left of the photo are silk noil. The blue/green/purple skein at the rear is rayon boucle. I'm not sure what the balls at the front are, they just look like fine wool, but I recall that I bought them to knit with the boucle in some way, as they have the same colours.
Naturally, they shall go into a box labelled "Essential Supplies".