ANZAC Day 25th April 2017

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

by John McCrae (1872-1918)

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Cleaning up after Cyclone Cook

It is nearly midday day here in Hastings, New Zealand.  I am very late today.  I had a good reason.  Our power was out for over 13 hours.  It cut out last night around 9.30 PM, so I just went to bed.  What else is there to do.  So this morning I woke up very early.  And the power was still out.  So no coffee, no hot breakfast.  Just cold water and a cold hot cross bun.  Then the sound of the chain saw started up next door.  And this first image is why.  A tree blown over last night.

Actually the rain started about 10.30 yesterday morning.  That wasn’t so bad.  But towards the early evening, about 7 PM the winds started as the cyclone hit landfall.  It was rather hairy.  The trees were rocking a lot.  The trouble is that there was still a lot of leaves on the branches, so that when they got wet, the trees started getting top heavy.  At one point I heard a bang and the ground shook.  Now I know what that was – this tree falling.

I then went for a walk over in the park – there is a lot of cleaning up to do.

It was strange to wake up to clear blue skies and warm temperatures, with only a little wind after the fury last night.

So we are all ok.  Just a lot of cleaning up to do.  It was funny meeting all the neighbours in our pjs inspecting the damage though.

Thanks for all your concern.

Waitangi Day 2016

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Waitangi Day (named after Waitangi, where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed) commemorates a significant day in the history of New Zealand. It is observed as a public holiday each year on 6 February to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, on that date in 1840. In recent legislation, if 6 February falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the Monday that immediately follows becomes a public holiday.[1]

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The Big One – Earthquake Update

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Just to let everyone know that I am safe.

Around midnight New Zealand time we had an earthquake, magnitude 7.5 which was felt around most of our country, in both North and South Island.  We were all woken up to find everything shaking, and moving from side to side.  It seemed to last a long time.

My family are all safe.  Thank goodness.  My daughter was alone when it struck which was very stressful – it was a lot worse in Wellington than where I live in Hastings.  She is now with her friends which is a relief.    Her shop, where she works, is closed as it is in the CBD.  She had to go down to check it out, though.  She told me that there is little or no damage.    There are a lot of after shocks, I have just felt another one.

My son didn’t get much sleep and is  also stressed.

So take care my New Zealand blogging friends.  I am thinking of you all.