Wednesday, February 22, 2012

One Year On

Today is a pretty sad day, it is the one year anniversary of the Christchurch quake  that killed 185 of my fellow Cantabrians. It has changed our lives forever, people have lost loved ones, houses, businesses, limbs, you name it, there are many lucky people like me who survived with no injuries, but the emotional struggle isnt easy either. We were forced to move as our house sustained bad damage, stress, anxiety from worrying when the next quake is going to see where Im going with this, its not easy. We had some time off work today to watch the memorial service which was very moving, there was songs, speeches, they read out the names of the 185 that lost their lives and released 185 Monarch butterflies in their honour.  We all observed 2 minutes silence at 12.51 which is when the earthwuake hit last year. I managed not to cry but a few workmates did.

James and I did a bus tour of the "red zone" which is the inner city which is still cordoned off in November and it was very sad to see a once thriving city centre reduced to rubble, overgrown weeds and grass and ge gaps where buildings were. Here are some pictures below to give you an idea of what it was/is like in some areas of my city, along with the outfit I wore to work today - black and red the colours of Canterbury.

What we came home to on February 22 2011

Our house - to the left behind the bench smashed glasses & plas everywhere

A once thriving Hotel/Pub ripped to shreds

Cracks on the outside of our old home

Beutiful old Church where lots of weddings were held

Overgrown grass in central chch - the PGC building that collapsed & killed many was beside the building to the left

A devastated building

Where that dirt is used to be a block of shops - when I worked in the area we used to get hot chips for lunch at one of the shops

My outfit today - Heels - Cotton On, Top - Warehouse, Skirt - Glassons, Tights - Farmers

On a positive note we are all looking forward to the future here in Christchurch - after all we are going to get a brand new city centre at some stage! I will see you tomorrow with an outfit post.

Happy Wednesday Lovelies xxx


  1. That's so sad :( I'm so sorry that that happened to you guys! It's so weird to see photos of it and know that it actually happened, and that it's not just something from the movies! I love your outfit, that necklace is really purrrdy :)

  2. What a perfect outfit for today.

    It's crazy isn't it? It feel like a life time and like it was yesterday all at the same time.

    I didn't get to go to the memorial, I wish I could have.

    One of my workmates really struggled today - she was on high st at the time (you can just imagine what she saw & experienced)

    I can still picture everything exactly as it was, watching the doco tonight was a big reminder just how devasting it really was.

    Kia Kaha xo

    1. I didnt realise that Doco was on so missed it, will have to get the DVD. It does feel like it was a long time ago yet still so fresh....a few of my workmates struggled too as some were away for lunch down manchester st and saw things you wouldnt wish on anyone...glad I didnt see anything like that!

  3. A great cantab supporting outfit! It was so strange being up there in January & seeing places I had visted before in piles of rubble. I saw some photos of the restaurant in the band rotunda which was badly damaged, I remember going to visit my friend who worked there a few years ago and thinking what a beautiful place for a restaurant. Good on you guys for staying in Chch and continuing on with life - I'm not sure I would be able to do the same :)


    1. We're a strong bunch! Even though Ive only been a Cantab for 6 years haha. My work was near that restaurant - never got to go there,

  4. That is so so sad to see and I cannot even imagine. I hope that the city slowly gets back on its feet and its amazing that nothing happened to you.


  5. Keep on being strong Christchurch - I can't even imagine what it must feel like having your city go through this. Onwards and upwards :)

    Sadie xx


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