Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Remember : one year on from the Earthquake that rocked Christchurch

Before 12.51pm on February 22, 2011, Christchurch was gardens, tree-lined streets, an elegant Cathedral and historic facades. Trams nudged gently through city streets and largely peaceful suburbs stretched to the Port Hills and sweeping Brighton beach.

All that changed in 40 minutes of hell, when a swarm of earthquakes turned Christchurch to rubble, to twisted metal, to ponds of filthy water and piles of liquefaction.

Sand spewed through the buckled soil, the hills rained killer boulders, changing history and the face of New Zealand's second-biggest city. ChristChurch Cathedral was felled, its broken spire symbolising the day from hell.  Tales of unlikely survival were few, as 185 lay dead, and more than 11,000 were injured, some so terribly they would never walk again.

Historic old buildings killed, their facades tumbling down on streets crowded with lunchtime shoppers, and modern buildings folded like a row of dominoes, with 115 crushed in the CTV building, and 18 in the PGC building.  Used to being shrouded in fog, Christchurch was enveloped in a grey cloud of a different heritage, as dust, grit and sand soared over a city that lay its back broken, its CBD in ruins, its residents snared in unpredicted horror.

Horror without end, as it has turned out - tremor after tremor, so many tremors than now a year on there have been more than 10,000, each filling those who were there at 12.51pm with a sense of foreboding and fear.With physical injuries have come mental ones - trauma and fear that the next one might be the big one, and the financial stress of trying to rebuild lives and businesses destroyed by nature.
In the first few hours courage was called for, as Christchurch waited for reinforcements to arrive, their approach delayed by a closed airport and twisted roads.

People risked their lives to save and comfort strangers, sifting through the rubble, hauling bricks and mortar out of the way, or simply holding the hands of the dying and trapped, shielding them from the carnage around them.  But while the rest of New Zealand stood aghast on February 22, 2011, its jaw has dropped less and less as time has passed.  Now, people in Christchurch feel no one really understands, and that they are again on their own, as they were in the hours after the quake.

To the contrary - every time another tremor rocks the Garden City, other New Zealanders shake their heads and wonder how much more Christchurch can take. ''Would I still be there? Would I have left?'' ''How can they live through that?'' they wonder. Nine thousand have had a gutsful and gone, leaving others to fight weary battle against the bureaucracy, to scrap for insurance money, to try to rebuild.
Hundreds of thousands have stayed to try again, but even if Christchurch one day erases the wrinkles the quake put on its face, its heart will always bear the scars of the day Mother Nature came calling.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, in the calendar of Western Christianity, is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter. It is moveable fast, falling on a different date each year because it is dependent on the date of Easter. It can occur as early as February 4 or as late as March 10.

According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spent forty days fasting in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, during which he endured temptation by Satan Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this forty day liturgical period of prayer and fasting.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered after the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burned.

Thought of the day

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Random people we meet

On top of the service there were some American sailors in town, so we didn't miss an opportunity for a photo...

 And how we met this random...  is a Holden fan, so we were an easy target with me wearing my Toll Holden racing shirt for the day :)

Boys!   LOL

I think I am being told something...

My best friend sent me this...  I think he is trying to tell me something...

Just a word of warning....  LOL

Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin

The bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942 was both the first and the largest single attack mounted by a foreign power against Australia. On this day, 242 Japanese aircraft attacked ships in Darwin's harbour and the town's two airfields in an attempt to prevent the Allies from using them as bases to contest the invasions of Timor and Java. The town was only lightly defended, and the Japanese inflicted heavy losses upon the Allied forces at little cost to themselves. The urban areas of Darwin also suffered some damage from the raids, and there were a number of civilian casualties.

This event is often called the "Pearl Harbor of Australia". Although it was a less significant military target, a greater number of bombs were dropped on Darwin than were used in the attack on Pearl Harbour.  The Australian government covered-up the bombing raids on Darwin believing its publication would represent a psychological blow to the Australian population. The raids were the first and largest of almost 100 air raids against Australia during 1942–43.

Today Darwin stopped to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of this fateful day.  It was heartwarming to see over 5000 people step out and stop to remember those who protected our shores and those who innocently lost their lives in the first wave of bombs.

It has also finally been recognised as a day in the national calendar, right there beside Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

Lest we Forget...

There are some great places to see around town and I didn't realise how rich the history was still around us until I heard about The Defence of Darwin website and IPAD application...  WOW!

Here's a couple of snaps from the day, from the service at the cenotaph on the Esplanade, to the Military museum at East Point, to the service  of laying a new remembrance plaque for the Canadian Special Wireless Group who arrived back in 1944.

 The cenotaph looked amazing with all the wreaths and it was great to see the extent of organisating taking the time to remember

 The sound of the raid alarm sent chills up my spine, then the re-enactment started which to say the least, was amazing!  I would hate to have been here in 1942

I even got to meet the Leader of the opposition, Tony Abbott and our local member Tash!  Smile!
Off to the war museum

 Then back for the next service

What a fantastic day!

Here's the quick video that shows what occurred on the day including the re-enactment that sent shivers down my spine

New palette is up!

The Colour Room Palette is up and as always it is stunning!  Check it out!

Happy Scrapping!

Another week down!

Well another week down and where is the time going....  I have had Kalana visiting all week and we had a ball!  Not once did they get lost  :)

That's a start!

Tuesday afternoon we headed out for dinner and it was lovely.

 Caitlyn having dessert
 Kalana and I playing on the lawn
Peek a boo, there I is  :)  Feeling awfully full!
Another beautiful Territory sunset...  time to sit back and ponder what 2012 is going to bring

As for the rest of the week, kicked back on Wednesday and chatted the night away, only to find I was up @ 3am heading into work :-(

So not a good look at that hour  LOL  My eyes look like they have been prized open with a toothpick!

Dean and Chook headed out on a charter and caught a big two fish, two fish that I still have not seen....

Friday they went and watched the boof play footy, and a big congrats to Christian who kicked another goal, 3 in two weeks!  Go son!

Saturday we headed off to the wave pool...  

AFter being pounded by the waves for a couple of hours, off to Casuarina and the sushi bar!

 Kalana and Dean ordered some duck rolls which were not to their liking, so Christian earnt $10 by eating one....  Not a good look my boof!
Caitlyn "SO FULL"

Then to end the day off to mudracing where we had multiple recoveries, a roll over and some great racing...  Can't wait for the NT Titles in March!

AFter all that was said and done, headed off to the airport to drop off the visitors only to try and get some sleep before a big day on Sunday!

Bye bye for now

Friday, 17 February 2012

What's on this weekend!!!

Another weekend filled with Mud Racing and a landmark for Darwin.  It's the 70 year commemoration of the bombing of Darwin!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Couple more to end the weekend

These happened as I was cleaning up the supplies downstairs  LOL  Shouldn't have started!

What's cooking for a Sunday...

Well as always we are getting ready to go back to school so this week we have double choc chip muffins and some patty cakes.. I just hadn't iced them when I took the photo :)

Popcorn Anyone?

Caitlyn decided it was time to give her Popcorn making a lash this afternoon...  And to my suprise there wasn't much mess???   1/2 cup of popcorn later and it was ready for the eating :)  yummy fresh popcorn

Ever hit something and think it was a rock only to find you were wrong???

Well that was me coming home from the dump today...  I only got the windscreen replaced on my car friday, seen this white blur, heard the "THUMP" followed by a "Holy Crap"  LOL  I honestly thought I had busted my windscreen again, but upon closer inspection was only bug guts  :)

Check him out....  I am sure he has a postcode of his own  LOL

Whats scary is that he survived the drive home still sitting on my bonnet???

A bit of creating for the weekend!

Yes it must be time to clean as I have a habit of creating instead of cleaning  LOL  Here is a couple from this weekend

 This one had some water spilt on it  :(

This one to had water on it  :-(

New Beds anyone

Well it's that time that I start cleaning up the kids bedrooms....  Hmmmm not quite sure what I have started here

This is what I walked into when I asked for the rooms to be cleaned so I could start to put the beds together....  Didn't help when I took the doors off the cupboard  LOL