Saturday, 26 February 2011

Christchurch Earthquake Day3

It’s Friday and usually everyone would be at the pub, looking forward to a weekend of fun and leisure…..but not today.  We don’t even really know its Friday.  Time has become a blur.  There was Super15 Rugby tonite but we forgot about it – doesn’t feel like Friday.

First of all I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has sent us a message.  Yesterday I said I would read them but, to be honest, I have not.  I will try again tomorrow.  I did read a few today and they were truly uplifting but they also brought me close to tears.  Being busy, cleaning up the mess, taking care of guests and flushing toilets is great because it takes your mind of the reality and makes it easier to get through the day.  I’m glad I don’t have time to think.

We’d also like to say thanks to those who have cancelled with plenty of advanced notice.  This allows us to plan and is appreciated.  To be honest there are some who do not cancel, do not turn up and these people, maybe without realising it, take a lot of our time that we could spend on more productive jobs.

So, what’s today been like?  It’s been a day of aftershocks, the shallowest at only a depth of 1km which is closer than the distance to our local Fish ‘n Chip shop.
These shakes are taking an increasing toll on the city, decimating any structures the first quake spared….and it adds to the stress.

Today we finished the major tidy up of the residence, it’s roughly back to how it was.  Jeff’s sister and brother in law stayed the night and were a great help in getting life back to normal.  We cannot thank them enough.  We cannot thank them enough. We cannot thank them enough.  They have now gone home to Southland but they have proven the value of having someone around who did not experience the disaster.  Their speed and clarity of mind were a real bonus and really helped us getting back on our feet.

Today I went for a quick walk to Peterborough St.  It’s only 90 seconds walk away but today I felt I was in another world. The block between Peterborough St. and Kilmore St. is severely damaged and probably about 80% of the buildings will be demolished.  Many guests ask us about the old house across the road, we call it the Munster’s House cos it is just so cool.  But we think its time has come, it has a slant on it which is unnatural….another historical treasure gone.

We have a new member in our family.  Yesterday we were visited by a German short stay person whose accommodation had been quaked out.  Her wallet, passport etc are still at her English school and so she has nothing but a pack full of clothes.  She didn’t have anywhere else to go, so we have taken her in.  She looked so scared yesterday that we felt we had to do something to help her.  We advised her to register at the Red Cross and she did.  But other than that she had nothing.  She was planning to stay with some guy she had met at the evacuation centre but when the deal seamed strange over the phone, we decided to invite her to homestay with us.  Yesterday we sent mr12 away and today we gained an older daughter! 

What will tomorrow bring?

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