Makes you feel proud to be a kiwi.
Certainly proud that we have an Army who cares about its general population.
Talking to these young people makes you realize, for most, theyre glad to be able to help where they can... some have been here since the very first days and weeks after the EQ - some from as far away as Northland. Many talk about the family they have living here in CHCH or the friends they know from *Back on Base* from Christchurch... Good on them all, I say.
Theyre full of compassion and I think we love having them here, if only the circumstances were different...
|Entrance to High Street - Road Closed|
|Colombo Street - almost unrecognizable from the road|
Looking down a street that you know people lost their lives in, is taking me back to those first hours on that very day. Too wrapped up in my own family, their lives, our lives... it is so hard to register what they went through.
|A Floral Tribute left at the base of the Cordon on Colombo Street in Central City|
WE WERE LUCKY, so lucky. To those whose lives are not the same since that day, my heart goes out to you. I now see some - such a little part- of what went on in the city. Scary stuff. And the Change that is occurring to the city we knew... Constant change - the landscape, the people, the outcomes...
|ST Asaph Street, one of the many *holes*in the buildings where shops used to be.|
Our day actually started with a few laps of the wargaming tables at the National War Gaming Convention at the Woolston Working Mens Club.
|downstairs next to where Adam and Eve were|
|upstairs next to where Adam and Eve were|
|The right side of Colombo Street. Note how less damage there seems when you look at first.|
|Someones Thoughtful Tribute on the Cordon Fence in Colombo St|
|oophs tilting street signs everywhere!|
|Signs on Local business windows|
|The Christchurch City Council Buildings|
|Autumn Colour in the leaves, City Centre|
|Dance of the Road Cone... Popular in our City!|
|Autumn Leaves in city gutters|
Have to say, there seems to be an *air* around, that feels Earth Quakey. I sure hope Im wrong. Tomorrow Im going to spend the day sorting out the Bunker :)
Spent the week chasing my School Holiday Tail, and finding it nowhere... I think sometimes Im not versed in organizational skills when I have three children at home. They seem to make far more mess than two... Half way there though, so fingers xed next week goes nice and quick so we can get back to *normal patterns*
Ok so thats it for today.
Now tomorrow is Sunday, its Easter AND Anzac Day so dont expect big things... Dawn Service? Or Lie in?Tea? or coffee?... sunshine (hopeful) and some chocolate...lots of chocolate?
All the VERY Best,