This shake happened on the 14th. For our Island nation, the disruption of commerce and heartbreaking loss of even a few lives was terrible.
The main artery of the South Island- State Highway 1 - had land slips over it for miles, massive cracks, blocked tunnels and the rail service was demolished. A sad day for NZ.
One thing that is facinating though is the resiliant can-do attitude of those who have jumped back in and started to clear and re-build! Wow, people have rallied, determined to fix things and get things going again. Communities getting together to lend a helping hand is an encouraging thing.
My own private quake in November happened only 3 days before. Skating on slippery socks inside a closet full of fabric would probably have made for a hilarious video, but the rough landing has given me a rare oportunity:
That opportunity? A chance to have a re-contructed wrist with protruding metal (currently tucked away inside a cast.) I tell people I'm going to become the bionic quilter!
The doctors were a bit surprised by the gaily decorated plaster, but as I explained...I'm a QUILTER, can you expect me to wear a plain white cast?Admittedly the fabric was only glued on, but cutting one handed, (with some assistance by toes) was tricky!
It finally occured to me a month later, that this one-handed time could be used to blog and catch up on posting all those class photos I'm behind on. Let's see where the next weeks take us!