Havent heard wind like that in a long time... scary, but did a mad dash outside at 2am to rescue washing, which is the only reason there isn't any of that scattered across the items that I didn't rescue...
Many people have reported on fences down and trampolines against the house... we have got off lightly, and we stil have power.
Nearly 10,000 homes are without power in Christchurch after fierce weather lashed the area overnight.
Emergency services have been inundated with calls about felled trees, fences, and power lines.
"We've got fierce winds and weather, and there's trees down everywhere," said Police spokesman Paul Visser.
"Probably the worst hit is North Canterbury."
Poppy was scared too. She growled a lot and licked her lips and finally buried herself in to the bedding.
I am just glad the trees around us are still standing and there are no branches through the roof - and that there is still a roof! Mind you if that happened, insurance would replace that and save me having to pay for it!
At least the sun is shining and I do have power. and it is Saurday - :) and the Crusaders won. Many other things to be thankful for.