Category Archives: Earthquake


For all those in Christchurch experiencing more shaking and rocking sending you love and peace.

for those away from Christchurch and worried we are accounted for here. Flip is quite unnerved and upset but we are all okay with power and water at this stage.

One little angel has taken a tumble from which she will not recover. Another lost an arm but she’s back up on the shelf you don’t have to be perfectly intact to be a messenger of Hope.

Miriam x


Shake, Rattle and Sprint

Last night we spent some time in sprint training.

Step one: be woken by a violent aftershock

Step two: leap out of bed very quickly

Step three: sprint down the hallway to check on your children

Step four: repeat steps 1-3 several times

Step five: wake up tired

Could be a pj day here I think. I hope all others in Christchurch are ok – peace and rest to you all xxxx

This Amazing City

We have been absolutely thrown about by earthquakes today.

We are 4 of us together back as a team making a night of it.

2 boys moved into a ‘new’ warmer room for the night. Beds LOADED up with quilts and blankets.

Amazing, amazing people must have spent the whole afternoon slogging and our power and water have just been restored. I am SO grateful for these people who are probably wondering about the state of their own homes.

Teachers who stay calm and care for the children (some of them hysterical) in their care.

Poor Flip’s teacher started the day with a child wetting her pants on the floor and ended it with a gaggle of small frightened children. Who would choose to teach new entrants. Amazing woman!

I was in Queenspark/Waimairi Beach at the first one and trying to get back to our side of town was hard work – roads a mess, 1 car I saw stuck in liquefaction, bridges and roads closed, traffic all over the place.

The Atlas was able to quickly get to Flip and check on him. They decided to see out the day so we had just got home when the second one struck. I got straight on my bike and went down to spend the rest of the afternoon with Flip and the children in his class as they were collected.

It was so wonderful to leave Bounce with the capable and calm Atlas.

BBQ for tea.

I know tonight will be very cold for some in our city and I hope those people have people caring for them and food to eat.

My love and thoughts for all who live in this amazing city. xx

May I just say so, so thankful for no lost of life and serious injury. Maximum respect to those who have maintained the red zone is not a place for people. Safety matters.

Could be a wiggly night ahead. Might be back to the long drop – yay! The ‘LOVE’ picture is made by Cloud Nine Creative who is a Canterbury crafter and sells on felt, just in case you like it and want to support a Chch artist.

Opinionated? Me??

As I have alluded The Atlas is very busy with his involvement in the new Christchurch we are all looking forward too.

People in Christchurch, even prior to the earthquake, have very strong opinions about the city and what the council do.

We are faced with a silver lining in this disaster and it is a chance to have a fresh start. If you are a Christchurch lover who wants to have a voice head over here and say your piece about your thoughts for our new CBD. It’s really cool looking at what other people have said too.

Speak now people!

Christchurch – Inside the Red Zone

There are parts of our central city that are still off limits for the safety of the public.

There are buildings likely to fall or that will have to be taken down.

There is rubble and brokenness everywhere.

On Friday The Atlas (who just quietly, much to my surprise, has quite a grown-up job) spent some time in a hard hat, and high-vis visiting looking and learning.

These are some of the images he took.

A city abandoned midday – coffees on tables, bikes still locked up, shop doors open, special signs still out.

In them you’ll see map-world. His favourite shop and one of the reasons I call him The Atlas.

There is a long road ahead of this city.

I pray for wisdom for all of those making decisions.

I pray for the desperate building owners, the devastated family members, the workers without work.

I believe in new beginnings.

I believe in strong communities.

I hope for life and love to grown from brokenness and heartache.

I have seen and experienced the power of love, community, kindness and solidarity in Christchurch, from New Zealand and from the world.

This waters the seeds of Hope.

Progress Week 13

Life is slowly becoming more ‘normal’ and I am looking again at my goals for the year.

This month I’ve managed my random act of kindness – I sent a soft toy for a child in Queensland and I delivered some special crafting books to a special friend who needed some love.

I didn’t do the anonymous cake delivery but I did do a super-duper baking collection for someone who needed some cherishing.

Meal made and delivered – Pork and Peanut Laksa.

Book read- The Amazing 5 year old.

I have April’s random act of kindness giveaway up on my blog – posted yesterday. Go on enter – make me feel popular!

I’ve been keeping up with making something every week but the family nights have taken a dive. We did get back into them last week and tonight I have some ‘proper’ plans for one.

I’m pretty pleased with my cooking efforts of late. Last week I made a couple of new dinner recipes and this week I’ve made 3 new recipes in one week – which is pretty good for me.

Spinach and Ricotta Calzone

On another totally unrelated topic our computer has been demonstrating what we refer to as ‘the blue screen of doom’. Then later when you re-start it you get that screen of computer typing and an invitation later on to send an error report. The thing is I see my computer largely the way I see my car – purely functional. I don’t care HOW either of them work, I have no desire to UNDERSTAND how they work and I’m not reading the manual or sending an error report. This is another reason for having the wonderful and long-suffering Atlas in my life. I rant – he solves. This is the balance.

Exercise has also been caught up somewhere in the ‘red zone’ in the city. No, my gym isn’t in there but my excercise motivation snuck past the cordon at some point and they won’t let it back out – shame about that.

The Atlas has been in the real ‘red zone’ today for his job.

He said it is pretty sobering.

I think the images prove that. The ones on here are just 2 that stuck out to me because of the mannequins in them. I will probably post some more in the weekend.

How are your goals going for the year? Pop over to Cate – check out some of her incredible photography and see what others are up to.