This blog has three main purposes:
- to communicate our daily life to our family all over the world;
- to explore the theme of Joy & Woe as expressed by William Blake in Auguries of Innocence;
- to counterbalance the woe caused by the four large earthquakes and the 12,500 after shocks (to date) our city has experienced since the first big shake on September 4, 2010.
(The earthquakes destroyed the centre of the city and damaged many many other properties in the suburbs. Although the big things have changed and continue to change, the little things prevail and bring joy.)
Nice to meet you here via Linda’s blog The Task st Hand. I saw your comment titled gallavantin and was intrigued.
Mum originated from Republic of Ireland, from a border village Pettigo in Co Donegal which borders Co Fermanagh in Northern Ireland. The term gallavantin is used on both sides of the border and refers to wandering or exploring.
Mum always said, like my aunt I was a gallavanter.
I hope to visit some of your posts.
Nice to meet you Margaret. Gallivant was a term used quite often in my childhood home. I don’t know why. I have Scottish and English ancestry, way back!
Yes, (sorry I don’t know your name) I think the word is used in both places as I follow another blog Glasgow Gallivanter.
Thank you for your prompt response .
Would you please now go to https://caregivermanuals.wordpress.com/ and leave a comment? I am trying to open up a site where people can share Caregiving lessons.
Thank you for your consideration.
Thanks for letting me know.
Thank you for your reply Gallivanta. I hope to find a way to help. Dan
Oh my goodness, I see you follow “I didn’t have my glasses on” too. What a small, small world! I’m so glad you picked up that brochure and found me!! Can’t wait to have time to read back over your posts.
Wasn’t my visit to the doctor today fortuitous? 🙂 Just for fun, this is the building where I found your name; 236 Papanui Road. https://www.google.com/search?q=236+papanui+road&rlz=1C1CHBF_enNZ694NZ694&oq=236+P&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.6024j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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I just heard that you have had more earthquakes, I do hope you and everyone you hold dear are safe and sound. My thoughts are with everyone.
Thank you, Karen. So far so good. It is lovely to have your kind concern. The aftershocks are continuing. It may be a long time before they tail off.
I’ve been thinking of you all day. What devastating news. It’s seems unfathomable that an earthquake of this magnitude could strike Christchurch once again. Did you have to evacuate like Pauline? Sending my love and hope for calmer days ahead for all of you. xo Alys
Thank you, Alys. We are okay here in Christchurch. Okay physically anyway. I am anxious about what may come next. We personally didn’t have to evacuate but some other friends in Christchurch were told to leave their homes temporarily. I hope Pauline is safely back home again.
It’s the emotions that make it so difficult. I understand. Pauline made it back home, cold and tired, but okay. She managed some sleep. I hope she’ll post about her experience. I hope you will, too. I’m off to bed. It’s 10 pm here. I hope you have a decent night’s rest yourself when your head finally hits the pillow. Xo
Sleep well. I hope I do, too. I certainly didn’t get much last night. Thanks for the update on Pauline.
How are things today?
The sun shines. Haven’t felt any shakes for a while. But I am TIRED. Our present govt, as much as I don’t like it, does know what to do in earthquake situations, so I have confidence the country will mend. 🙂
I’m glad you can place confidence in your government. I feel like ours has been pulled out from under us, and we didn’t have an earthquake. I hope you can get some rest. I’m sure you’re exhausted. I’ve found that sleep, plenty of water and hot herbal tea work wonders. They don’t solve our problems, but they do make them easier to face.
Yes, I did notice I was lacking sleep and fluids. When I increased fluid intake I felt better. The earthquake areas have received help from the Canadian and US Navy. The photos of everyone working together to help NZ are very heart warming. Such kindness at work.
It is wonderful to hear of the kindess at work. I’m glad you’re tuning in to your own needs and that the fluid intake and sleep or providing a bit of what you need. It will be a long time before you can ease your mind. Pauline was explaining the trauma of these recurring quakes, one after the other after the other. And with your daughter struggling and so far away. Oh, my heart goes out to you.
Thank you, Alys. The good news is that my daughter was singing to me today ( over the phone ). That’s always a positive sign. 🙂
I’m so far behind answering comments, but I wanted to say that I’m glad your daughter is singing again. That is indeed a positive sign. 🙂
It makes me happy. 🙂
Earthquakes are something that leave their mark on psyche as well as physically. Here in Los Angeles we’re always waiting for ‘the big one’ that’s predicted to hit…
Let’s hope you wait forever. 🙂
That’s a great way to put it!
I love William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence! 🙂
Yes, it is lovely, isn’t it? But I probably don’t understand it all that well. 😦
I agree, it is hard to understand it all, there are bits I understand!
It’s taken me a while to come here and visit and I wish I’d popped over sooner. I’m looking forward to reading more.
Lovely to see you. 🙂
Thank you for following my blog. I am chuffed!
And delighted to read your blog purposes.
I admit to a bias towards Kiwis, though I am Sydney born and bred.
Managed a little holiday around Lake Wakatipu this year. Spectacular.
all the best for your ongoing earthquake recovery journey. How incredibly challenging.
Thank you! I have lots of rellies across the ditch, so I am glad we are good neighbours. 🙂 I think Aussies and Kiwis tend to take that neighbourliness for granted, but we are very lucky to have it. So many countries are at war or in conflict with their neighbours.
So, I guess you do not want any awards…but my admiration for you is greater! I don’t do awards if I can avoid it, but this time I took the opportunity to link to your blog – more people should share your wise words and understand what is really important in life.
Ann-Christine that is very sweet of you. I am absolutely hopeless at responding to awards, but it is good to be offered them. 🙂 Thank you.
That was about what I guessed you would answer! hopefully you had a great anniversary now – ♥
We did, thank you. 🙂
Dear Gallivanta, you can imagine how thrilled I was to see the photo of the LES (Drasa Avenue) Ist XV, which by my estimate is 1959/60. I’m the first person from left to right in the front row, two away from Scott – I also recognise Kevin Beat and William King (deceased) and someone by the name of Davidson, although his first name escapes me at the moment. If you have any further information about the photo or can put me in touch with your brother that would be appreciated. My family also attended St Peters Anglican Church in the days of the the Rev. Burgess, prior to moving to Labasa. I remember the especially the Robley stained glass windows behind the altar. You have a very beautiful and inspirational website. Kind regards, Michael (Abrahams)
Sorry for taking so long to reply. I have been visiting the family in Cairns and offline most of the time. What fun that you recognised the LES photo. I think it came to me via David Skeoch. You may remember the Skeoch family. If you would like to email me at email@example.com I will send you details for Scott. I am also in touch with one of the Davidsons, the Lums and some of the Stuarts. Great to be in touch.
You lead a very interesting blog
Greetings from Luke
Thank you, Luke.
Ah, another Kiwi! I was last in Christchurch in 2012, visiting my husband’s aunt … the little things, if they are indeed little, such as kindness and support and day to day routines, they do prevail and bring joy.
Kia Ora, fellow Kiwi. The little things seem more important than ever down here. We are looking slightly better than in 2012 but with a few slight earthquakes recently, our nerves have tensed again. I hope your husband’s aunt is faring well.
Yes, I’d heard there had been some more shakes recently. Our aunt seems to cope very well, although O think those big quakes were very difficult for her and her family. Fortunately, her house has been repaired, now.
That’s good. To, at least, have the house fixed is a big plus.
I think so, too!
Stay strong in Christchurch, Gallivanta! Our second son lives in Nelson. We had a chance to visit your beautiful and well-organized country. Take care!
Oh that’s wonderful. I am so glad you have been here. Your son has chosen a lovely place to live.
He really likes Nelson, but he does not have much time to appreciate the beautiful nature. He is a doctor at the local hospital and he works long hours.
Yes, he will be very busy. 🙂
Dear Gallivanta – just thought I would thank you here for the follow. I anticipate much joy in following your lovely blog.
Thank you. I shall say ‘ditto’
Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂
Hi Gallivante (I love the name!). I have come to know you through Britt Skrabanek’s blog. I really enjoyed the colourful sheep blog 🙂 and will take some time to explore your site some more. It’s looks inviting with inspiring topics and beautiful pictures.
Welcome Karin. So pleased you could visit.
Always so lovely…One of those pesky blog awards! I nominated you for an award at SwittersB & Exploring. Participate if time allows….no worries. http://swittersb.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/feeling-the-loves/
Thank you for thinking of my blog. 🙂
Such a stunning loss for your community. I’m glad you’ve found some light through blogging. The connections we all make here are huge.
Thank you Alys. They certainly are wonderful connections.
So indeed all the way in New Zealand, In Christchurch. Lovely this ‘bog-o-sphere’ and meeting kindred spirits. You have a beautiful blog
Thank you. And through your blog I found Milkmaid, another Christchurch blogger. The connections we make across the internet intrigue and delight me. 🙂
I have nominated you for a prize, but I am not asking that you follow the rules: nominating fifteen persons. You are such a fine colleague.
Thank you for this vote of confidence, Micheline. I value your readership.
Good day Amanda, I want to invite you to go on a journey with me and other bloggers. I am going to do the post on Monday the 11th August and I want you to join the journey on Monday the 25th August. http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/ Iris started the journey and now I’ve been invited by Scrapydo at http://scrapydo.wordpress.com/ ! This journey is only in its baby shoes, but I think reading about how others work will be interesting! There are four questions to answer with photo or what ever you want. If you accept this invitation I’ll send all the information. Hope you want to join if you haven’t done this already! There’s not much work…otherwise I couldn’t have joined it…
Ann-Christine, thanks for thinking of me but I still haven’t finished a journey that I began with another blogger.:( So I think I better decline your invitation. I am quite hopeless with these things. However, I did check both links and it has been good to meet Ineke at Scrapydo. She has a Schnauzer just like mine. 🙂
Thank you anyway – I understand…I’m hopeless too with these things, but thought I would choose interesting and different people with different interests. Have a great week!
It will be fun to see what you write.
Actually, I think there will not be much that you who follow me don’t already know. I’ll try…
Your post was lovely. Maybe I knew some of it, but it’s always good to be reminded.
Ahhhh, yes here you are. Also from New Zealand, how wonderful. I’m sorry there was so much devastation in your community, very unsettling to wonder what the next moment will bring with so many aftershocks. It’s a wonder how people pick up the pieces and move forward after these disasters. As they say, time stands still for no one. I hope your blogging is as much a joy in your life as it is mine. Will hang round to snoop now…cause that’s what I do best…hehe. Boomdee
You are most welcome Boomdee. I am not a crafter or artist but I admire all of you who are. 🙂 Art and craft have been vital elements in our city’s recovery.
Gallivanta – I’ve been tagged to participate in a blog tour and I would love to tag you. My blog tour would be published Monday, June 2nd and your blog tour would follow 7 days later. I’ve located some really interesting individuals be following the nominees of a blogger I have high regard for. The blog itself is a matter of posting the answers to four questions about your writing process and nominating 3 other bloggers. This is not an award. I do hope you are able to participate. I look forward to hearing from you.
That’s lovely, Sherie. I would love to give it a go.
Gallivanta – I’m so pleased. Watch me dance and whirl. You are the first person that came to mind when I was tagged and thinking about who I’d like to connect to the blog tour.
Would you like for me to post the 4 questions and other information here in your about page or do you have an e-mail where I could send the info.
I have no problem posting the info here, if you like and then if you wanted you could just delete the instructions after. It’s your choice.
Sheri, what a lovely dance I see! I will email you, as I think that might be easier.
Great. You may use firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. They will both reach me.
Thanks. Email has been sent on its way.
Hello there, I just wanted to thank you for visiting my blog. Nice to meet you!
Thanks MTM. Nice to meet you too.
Thank you for finding our blog and liking it. We showed your blog to Mom and she said it is amazing. You really have some beautiful flowers. Mom wishes she could have bouquets in the house, but we tend to tip the vases over and pull the flowers out so she’s given up. She said she can enjoy all the flowers that you show!
Are you very fond of the cat mint in the vases then? I have seen your feline friends tip over vases just to get a closer sniff at the flowers. They didn’t mean to tip over the vases, of course.
Christchurch, and importantly the people who live there touched me in a way I not thought possible.
In 2012 I did the Coast to Coast, it was a real challenge for me, I wasn’t fast, in fact quite slow, but as I rode that final leg through the city towards Sumner Beach, my eyes welled with tears, not for what I had achieved, although I was proud of the achievement, but for the people who cheered as I passed. The wonderful people of Christchurch supported me with cries of “good on ya mate” as I passed, I was humbled.
Never have I felt so welcomed, and despite the hardships they faced, the people of Christchurch looked beyond there own suffering to support someone like me in what many might argue is a selfish pursuit!
I will never forget those moments, and the wonderful people of Christchurch! 🙂
How lovely. If I had known you were there, I would have come out to wave too. The continuation of the Coast to Coast run and other such events are important to give us all a sense of hope and normalcy.