September 18, 2014

Six years today and 1000 posts....


My 1000'th post was yesterday and today it is six years since I started blogging.  Probably worth some reflection as a milestone day. 

If nothing else this blog has been a place to revisit some of the small thoughts and moments in my life, as well as the more life changing events that have happened since I started.  The good, the bad and the ugly!

Arch dying suddenly on the Mt Hutt Rd in June 2010…. A shock to us all. I hope that Mt Hutt honour their promise and recommendations of the coroner to place barriers on the roads and corners on all their ski fields. 

Jaz having to deal with finding a growth in her brain in August 2010, followed by radiotherapy and eventually surgery and rehab. A scary time for us all and I am just so grateful that she has come through it all so well.  
 

Two huge earthquakes in Sept 2010 and Feb 2011 and about 14,500 other smaller ones since, and still going…. and the impact it has had on us all dealing with repairs, EQC, insurance, Red zones, and demolition. 

Losing Saffy in September 2010 and then getting Poppy, who was born 4 years ago next week, between the big earthquakes. My wee Hairy McLary has been a great source of joy.

http://fourpawsandwhiskers.blogspot.co.nz/2013/01/thankful-thursday.html
 Finding my birth mother in the UK in December 2012 and seeing pictures of my parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, my brother and two sisters... I chat to my mother regularly and hear all the news.  
My partner moved out early 2013 and then I discovered his home torture movies and inappropriate underage chats.  How often do you get to sit with a senior detective watching porn and saying things like "have you seen the one with the bridal pins?” - and the resigned and disgusted expression as he nodded yes.   How do you deal with the impact his online offending has had on one of his young victims…and his family. All stuff that can’t be undone, unseen, forgotten, or forgiven.    
...a real mix of positives and negatives that have created some personal growth, helped me to establish better boundaries for myself and increased my love and appreciation for the friends and family around me.  

Thank you James and Jess, Kirsty and Nathan, Liam and Alex, my parents, and Jaz, Mark and the girls xx 

Some things haven’t changed so much…
I live in the same house - reroofed, repaired and repainted and Alex is getting the gardens into shape. Now it is a peaceful haven without the negativity that it came to contain, particularly after the earthquakes....
Our city is slowly rebuilding - yes it’s going to take a long time but some of the new buildings look amazing.  Trying to be positive and look beyond the gaps and the losses.
I work in the same place - often stressful but ultimately very rewarding.  Thank you particularly Libby, Tina, Julie, Linda and Nicole, particularly for picking up the pieces when I have really needed the support. 
I am still glad I didn’t have a crystal ball when I started writing six years ago - some things really are better left unseen.  Would I have believed them anyway?


Whatever the next few years bring, or whether I make it to 2000 posts one day,  thanks to those who have been along for the ride "virtually" for so many years around the world. It has been great to get to know you all better through blogging.  


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September 17, 2014

Another class flies away


Another vet nursing class finished.... 
Congratulations everyone.


I started with my first class in 1998.
Since 2004 we have had two vet nursing classes each year...
That's 30 classes....
And 3-4 classes of animal care students a year now too.
I remember the first time I taught that in 1999... 
Almost yesterday!

I have met the most amazing people, had a lot of fun and made some great memories...
I shall miss it when I retire.
But not there yet :) 



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September 15, 2014

Adrienne Rewi Online: 26 Ways to Say Christchurch City Rebuild

Adrienne has posted some great pictures of some of the new buildings in Christchurch -
Worth a look ;)


Adrienne Rewi Online: 26 Ways to Say Christchurch City Rebuild: I keep hearing about the amazing progress that's taking place in the Christchurch city rebuild following the earthquakes of 2010-13. ... Pin It Now!

September 14, 2014

Spring fever....


We have all been enjoying the spring weather here in Christchurch - we have new blossom in the garden and  there are daffodils everywhere.



 The leaves are starting to appear on the trees in town, but not here yet.  The tree across the road is still bare....
Horseshoe Lake
Christchurch Daily Photo caught one of the willow trees turning green by the Avon River,
and I just love this one too
http://www.christchurchdailyphoto.com/2014/09/06/avon-river-by-fitzgerald-avenue/



I have been trying to get a decent picture of the cherry blossom in Hagley Park but I'm always driving - so you can head over to see Ruth's blog post with lovely views of them, despite the day of rain we had yesterday..... They are spectacular when they appear before the green leaves break through.  Here is one of Ruth's photos.

http://realruth.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/spring-stroll/


Been a hectic week but had a lovely weekend - James and Jess for dinner Friday, and then Kirsty and Nathan on Saturday - and a day with my parents today.

We got some pics of Jess -




and Poppy was getting so shaggy she got a clip and bath.



Election fever is building here.  I took advantage of the polling booths set up at work and did it early. Saves a lot of hassle on election day next weekend.  Hopefully we get a good turnout of people actually voting this year.








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September 12, 2014

A day of rememberance

Thirteen years... 9/11.



For New Zealand it happened on September 12th... but we woke up that day to join the rest of the world in shock and horror. Glued to televisions. Utter disbelief.

Two nights ago Alex and I watched a documentary on it.. not intentionally. I turned the tv on and it happened to be on the History Channel and the documentary was so riveting we watched it until midnight.  It was a real time documentary that I hadn't seen before of eye witness videos and footage mapped out in real time sequence.  I am sure it was 102 Minutes that Changed America.  There were no ads and no obvious titles appearing that gave us a name - just around two hours of film.

It is probably still available on i-Sky on demand in NZ. I also found a copy online here
http://ffilms.org/102-minutes-that-changed-america-2008/

Amazon sell copies :
http://www.amazon.com/102-Minutes-That-Changed-America/dp/B001F5274G

and the History Channel also has a great interactive map
http://www.history.com/interactives/witness-to-911

I think it is the first time since the earthquakes that I have actively watched a 9/11 video.  It added a depth of understanding that I hadn't had before.  Dealing with the unimaginable. Phones down, can't get home, fear of what will be hit next - nowhere is safe.  The documentary gave me a perspective of how the disaster played out for the people in the streets around - who didn't know what was happening or what to do. Slack jawed shock and incomprehension felt so familiar.

September 12th here was also Arch's Birthday. Last weekend was Father's Day.  My children are coming over for dinner to remember him tonight.







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