Saturday, 18 September 2010

Spring in Christchurch


Life is getting back to normal here. We continue to be shaken and become little experts  after more than 600 shakes since the big one. You can hear my kids say "oh that was a 4.5 " and we check the internet how far they are off. Usually they are pretty accurate. The shakes are getting less and less frequent though. We can however defenitely say that Christchurch is the city that rocks.
Because of all the distraction we didn't notice that spring has arrived.  The weather is not up to scratch yet
In Auckland the poor baggers were even attacked by a big storm yesterday and at one point 30.000 people were  without power. The storm started 1000 km outside NZ and was the biggest on the planet. Yeh
this is a year we won't forget easily. But anyway proof of spring are all the colourful flowers which decorate our gardens and parks and for months to come we will enjoy their beauty

Spring also means that we are looking forwards to trips and holidays. One is coming up next week as we will enjoy a weekend with friends in Oamaru a bit more than 3 hours drive south of Christchurch. In the summer holidays when my brother comes we will spend our first holiday on the North Island and stay in a little place called Te Aroha because it is such a lovely name. From there we will visit lots of delightful places like Roterua with  geysers and bubbling mudpools. We will go to the coromandel, Tauranga, Mount ruapehu an active vulcano and more. Can't wait and of course I will show it all.

Aroha Marja


  1. Kia ora Marja,
    Glad to read you are bearing up and looking forward. Hoping the wild weather this weekend is not too much of an impact down there. Kia kaha.

  2. Colors are all around and being less shaken:) are definitely among things anticipated by those effected by the earthquake. God bless.

  3. Yes N-Z is a very beautiful country. It reminds me of Norway, only Norway doesn't have earth quakes, volcanoes and major natural disasters. How are you getting on after that enormous earth quake?

  4. Wonderful colours in your Spring mosaic! Great to hear that life is settling a little in Christchurch!

  5. So glad things are settling down. It's still rather windy here but we are fine. The thunder storm the other night was really scary - I usually love storms but it felt different after what we have seen you go through in Chch. Will you be visiting Auckland on your travels?

  6. Say a DVD nature video of a hiking trail on the South Island and I about cried over how envious I was over the people walking it. They stopped by some place called Gunn Camp and I would happily spend the rest of my life there. Even with no electricity it was paradise to me.

  7. Marja, I do hope you enjoy your visit to Bay of Plenty, which is my home area. I was born & grew up there, so Tauranga & Rotorua were regular destinations for us.
    I love you Spring pics! How I loved living in Christchurch, and visiting the beautiful Botanic Gardens. I feel so sad for all the changes. Love & hugsXX

  8. Terrible to hear about the storms but you can look forward to the good seasons. I hope you will have a better spring than we had.

    We only had one month summer weather.

    Ik kom juist van Oostenrijk; alles is goed met mij en ik hoop dat met U ook alles goed gaat


  9. I watched the looters, and they were good looking lads. Such stupidity.

  10. Hee hee The city that rocks!!!

    Your north island triip sounds great - we still have much to see on the south yet. When my sister comes in December (fingers crossed she does come) I have so many things lined up I want to show her. I can't wait!!!

    I don't think I will ever tire of the beauty of this land!

  11. I was just thinking of you all this morning, wondering if things were getting back to normal. What a joy to read this post. For you and yours, at any rate, life is moving forward again. Even a vacation to look forward to. And pics for us!!

  12. Beautiful mosaic Marja. Spring is my favourite season and it has finally come to Sydney.
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday.
    Take care and stay safe.
    Peggy xxxx

  13. Wow...Marja,that´s a great colourful mosaic of spring flowers.Here began now the autumn and our garden change the colours.Enjoy your spring my dear Marja!It´s good to hear that the life is getting back normal.My thoughts are always with you and your family!


  14. Hi Marja! Hope things have calm down a bit now. Too many events for just one year...

    Blogtrotter Two is showing a wonderful site for your holidays: Costa Smeralda!! Enjoy, leave your comment and have a great weekend!

  15. Marya
    How are you?
    Hope you are having a nice time there.
    god bless you.

  16. You sound so sanguine about these quakes now, Marja. I suppose, as they say, familiarity breeds contempt.

    I'm not sure I could stay so cam, but then again I've never experienced an earthquake first hand.

  17. Let the spring bring in more peace and add more bright shades of colors to you out there. Wonderful to read you. Looking forward for more pics.



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