- We are still boiling our water, this has now officially been happening for 1 month. I know exactly how much water we all drink in our house because I have to boil all the stuff everyday.
- Our city library is still closed.
- We are busy preparing in earnest our emergency kits for 2 cars, 2 cats (thanks Leanne at Cottagetails), a front door (get out now, you're being evacuated) kit and a stay at home kit. An expense I'm some how trying to squeeze out of the household/grocery budget. Lucky for us baked beans and spaghetti are .99 cents each at Countdown this week.
- We are still limiting all unnecessary travel around the city, no going into any older buildings and malls and no parking beside any buildings. Definitely no parking buildings ever again!
- We are banned from watering the garden or washing the car. Luckily it's raining today to water my new seedlings.
- The odd sleeping arrangements in the house still continuing, everyone back in bedrooms, in most cases not their own though. However, the family are all sleeping through the night.
Georgia and I attended the memorial as planned. The day was very hot and sunny, without a cloud in the sky. I agree with what has been said about the day, that it was a wonderful tribute the ones who died, and to the people of Chirstchurch. We watched a 14 minute montage before the event started, which showed the extent of damage in the streets of the CBD. This previously unseen footage was heart breaking. All the buildings we have been to in the past, or shop at, or visit for very specific reasons are gone. If you can imagine 80% of your favourite places to visit suddenly disappearing one day, you might get the picture. It dawned on me while watching that montage, that our lives have truly been altered, and that life has changed for good. In a sense, we are all mourning the "death" of those buildings as well as the people who perished in them.
Georgia had the most amazing opportunity to meet Prince William. She shook his hand and spoke quickly with him. She says she will never wash her hand again! Georgia also shook hands with Bob Parker (our mayor) and with Dave Dobbyn (famous New Zealand singer). I only managed to get some quick photos as Prince William and John Key walked past where I was standing.
Prince William of Wales
Our Prime Minister, John Key
Willie Apiata, our Victoria Cross recipient. Unfortunately, he turned around just as I was taking this shot.
The USAR dogs, very cute. Georgia was really keen to find out more about them. The USAR men were very welcoming with her, and patiently answered her questions.
The council had gone to alot of trouble with lovely touches around the park.
Looking down 3 blocks to the damaged Christchurch Cathedral and CBD
This is the reason business owners are not being allowed back into their buildings, because each minor aftershock brings down more masonry
The repair bill for our beautiful Arts Centre Complex alone will cost $100 million