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.
 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.  


  1. Happy blogoversary, dear Fiona! Yours is an impressive feat - 1.000 posts in 6 years. My blog is 5 1/2 years old, and I have managed just above 600 posts so far.
    A lot more impressive than the 1.000 posts is of course the mixture of good and bad things that have happened to you - not so much the actual events but the way you dealt with them, not blocking the bad but focusing on the good, it seems, and emerging a stronger person for it. Hats off and glasses raised to you!

    1. Thank you :). I could say the same right back at you Mieke. You are a pleasure to follow...

  2. And you have come through all of it!! Well done
    So glad you are still a part of our family xxxxx

    1. You are a giant silver lining from that dark cloud. Love you all xxx

  3. What a wonderful way to condense 1000 posts. All of life is there.

    1. Thank you Angus.... Love your work, although I have cried hardest over your blog than any others. I have pictures of Wilf and Digby as screensavers.... Not forgotten.

  4. I have nothing but admiration for you Fiona. I truly hope that the next six years will bring you an entirely different and happier set of experiences building on where you are at this moment. Be happy.

    1. GB your support through so many years has been of immeasurable help. I miss you being here but the virtual world makes distance unimportant. The plus side of it all is I understand what is needed to be happy. Life is good xxx

  5. That's an amazing accomplishment. I'm glad you've kept up the writing. Your posts keep me connected to NZ in general and Christchurch in particular.

    1. Nothing like a shared earthquake to bring people together! Your writing, and your wife's about that event will always remain in my mind. Particularly when I see footage of the cathedral collapse. How different things could have been....
      Thank you for fostering my appreciation of road cones....


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