Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Not again

I can't believe I'm writing this.....I'm heartbroken to tell you what you already know.  My city has been shaken to its knees again.  This time the damage has hit in our backyard and we have spent the day clearing muck from our section and out on the street.  Its cold today and has been raining on and off - water and sewerage are not happening but at least we have power. At least out house is liveable.  Please pray for those waiting in Latimer Square for news of missing loved ones or out in the open displaced and facing another night in the park.

I cannot believe what is unfolding on the TV and via Facebook and online news sites.  I still can't get hold of Lou of Seaside Siblings - please send all your prayers and thoughts to her and her beautiful familyLou and her family are safe and well, but they suffered plenty of damage so are staying with family.

I was so worried for my 'roomies' in our CBD location - Lucy and Mel of Board of Design (Lucy is the force behind Felt and Mel's alter ego is Black Swan Designs).  I'm pleased to say, I've had a text from Mel and I know they are alive.  I know my building is f*&ked.  I can't even wrap my head around how 15 years worth of career can be gone in seconds.
What we found when we removed the liquefaction
The neighbours sinkhole

16 comments:

  1. It's going to be a very long road to recovery for all of you Nin. It's just not fair. Please know that you aren't going to be doing this alone. There are a lot of people out there, in New Zealand and beyond who are behind you and ready to help in whatever way we can. Much love to you all and I will definately be hoping that Lou and her family are all okay. Please let me know as soon as you know anything.

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  2. Oh Notchka, what a terrifying and devastating experience for you all. I am so sorry you have lost your workplace.
    Keep safe and stay strong. We're all thinking of you and praying for you here.

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  3. I was just outside when it happened. Mel had just left the building, and went back and unlocked the door for me. Shortly after that, everything started shaking, and we ran to the middle of the road. The top half of the facade of the red stickered building next door fell onto itself, and we could hear other buildings partially collapsing. We were really worried about Lucy, but shortly after she walked out. We were very pleased to see her! It must have been absolutely terrifying for her being in the building while it was shaking, it was bad enough outside.

    The building was still standing when we left, but has a few gaping holes where there shouldn't be.

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  4. oh nin, its so terrible. i'm in tears. feel so useless and sad. take care xoxo

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  5. I'm so glad you're okay - so sorry that the people of Christchurch have to go through something so horrible. Every time I turn on the telly I burst into tears, I can't even imagine how it must feel to be in the middle of it all.

    Sending a million wishes and loads of strength down there to you xx Take care <3

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  6. Woah, intense photos! Hope you guys are holding up, very sad news indeed... Hope Lou is okay too! xxx

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  7. Oh my goodness, our hearts are breaking for Christchurch, you have suffered enough in NZ, seriously!! Australia is sending their best to help. Love Posie

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  8. I don't know what to say Nin, we are in absolute shock up here and feeling so helpless. It's hard to believe that only a couple of weeks ago you were rallying to make blankets to send to Queensland in their time of need & now you face disaster again yourself. Stay strong, our prayers are all for the people of Christchurch at this terrible time.

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  9. Thinking of you and your family. Such crazy times! Wishing you strength and peace, and the chance to rest. Big hugs.

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  10. There are no words, I'm so sorry for you and the city of Christchurch. xx take care

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  11. Nin, please know our thoughts are with you. I feel a lump in my throat whenever I turn on the radio. Yet now when I pass a stranger on the street they seem like family. Be strong, and I'll top up your strength with some of mine. Love & Light. xxxx

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  12. I am so relieved that you and your family are safe but I am so sorry for all that you are going through. It is absolutely devastating, I just can't even put into words how upset I am for the city of Christchurch :o( *HUGS*

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  13. I'm so sorry you're going through this. Please know that the whole country is holding you in their thoughts and prayers xx

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  14. I too cant seem to find any words other than my thoughts will be with you and im praying that you hear good news about Lou very soon, x

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  15. Glad you are safe and you can still stay in your house. Buildings and careers can be rebuilt with time, though the heartbreak remains at their loss, but lives cannot be replaced.
    Many hugs,
    Robyn

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  16. Glad you are okay. Please email me about the billet thing. My husband is currently in chch but I have taken our babies to wtgn until??? So depending on the time frames we may be able to help out. fisherwhanau(at)googlemail(dot)com

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