Sunday, 27 February 2011

Break to Bournemouth,,,Earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand

Hello Friends,
How have you all been this week.  We had a very nice few days at Bournemouth starting last Saturday through to Wednesday.  It was a cheap coach trip that I suggested to some friends in guild....we have always gone on a guild weekend at end of Feb. however this year it had been this was just a thought for our own guild and in the end 10 of us booked and off we went.  It was a real nice few days. The hotel was excellent, beautiful and clean and food excellent. It was on top of the cliffs looking out to sea...unfortunately none of us had sea views.We had trips our each day. on the Sunday we went a short morning trip to Poole. This is a very nice coastal town home of the famous Poole Pottery that sells for high cost in auctions. Also just a few mins. from the harbour is Brownsea Island where the Scout Movement was begun by Lord Baden Powell. On that island are lots of red squirrels, unfortunately we did not have time to go over to the island  ( Although Mary and I have been over on other occasions) The sun did come out whilst we were there and we were even able to sit out and watch the beautiful sail ships bobbing about in the harbour.   Next day was a full day tour to the Isle of Wight. We sailed from Southampton to East Cowes. Unfortunately the weather was very dull and grey and certainly not very photographic. It was a pity as one of the places we stopped for lunch was called Godshill and most of not all the houses had thatched roofs which come out nicely in photographs...but not this time !!  sorry....Next day was a trip into the New Forrest. Again it was a dull grey day but quite pleasant. we saw many many New Forrest ponies but no foals as yet..
All to soon it was Wednesday and the day to come home...
As some of you may know one of my very favourite countries in the whole wide world is New Zealand. I have been fortunate enough to have been there 6 times now and each time I leave a little of myself behind. So it will come as know surprise to hear that the news of the horrific Earthquake in the south Island City of Christchurch has been much on my mind and in my prayers. It was actually the first place that Mary stayed in when we did the grand tour of the South and North Island...we stayed in a hotel called the Copthorne,   well today another friend who lives down that way has written an article about what is happening...and what has happened to the hotel...I have asked her permission to reproduce it here for you all to have some up to date personal news.    Can I ask you all to pray for all the people in that beautiful City. and in the surrounding countryside. By doing so it shows that we truly do:
Love One Another.

From New Zealand....

On Tuesday the 22nd of February 2011, Canterbury NZ, suffered it darkest day. There was an earthquake of great magnitude. To date there has been confirmed 146 deaths, 236 missing still, trapped under the rubble, in the inner city. Christchurch is the 2nd biggest city in NZ. It is the first time in our history that the govt has called a National Emergency, that is where they can commandeer anything from anyone. I shall start with the elderly, in NZ like most countries, we have rest homes, for the elderly, they have had to be vacated, some folk are in their 90s, and are being shipped away from family and friends because there is nowhere safe for them at the moment in ChCh. They are being taken by helicopter, plane and cars, and some are very very distressed. Next is the people with heart conditions, some have just died on the spot, others have had heart related problems 5 days on, and now the doctors are calling it "Heartbroken Syndrome". The main ChCh hospital was slightly damaged, and all patients were at first evacuated, those that had a home to go to and were well enough, were sent home. Then the injured came in, 100s of them, there are still over 150 in ICU. On that subject the Australians sent over a medic (MASH) team, and they have set up a huge special tent in one of the parks, where they can do operations and births, and anything in between. There are so many countries that have sent special teams of rescuers in I cant tell you how many have done so! But there are over 750 people from all over the world here, all bought their own equipment too. Buses full of people were crushed, the folk inside dead in an instant, people in shopping malls crushed, offices, lifts, homes, schools, kindergartens, you get my drift, not one person was not affected by this quake. There have been so many stories of heroics, many many sad ones too as you can imagine. The inner city has gone, buildings that have stood over a 100 years, (remember NZ is not that old) gone, the church Peter and used to work at , just a pile of rubble, and 3 men killed in there, they were trying to take out the pipe organ , rescue it from last years quake. The suburbs have literally sunk, its called liquefaction, where the ground, roads, cement paths turned to quicksand, one chap walked outside a moment after the quake to see if his elderly neighbour was ok, and sunk at the gutter to his waist. He is OK. Trucks cars, buses, you name it they sunk into sinkholes. A hotel called the Grand Chancellor, sunk 3 metres (8 foot) in 10 minutes, another hotel, a very large one, just disappeared. (The Copthorne). A building housing over 120 people just fell like a house of cards, with most trapped inside, (120 still inside), it housed a local TV company, and an English school where Asian kids went to learn English, also a doctors rooms, its flattened, 7 people got out of there. There is so much I could write, but I will put local NZ news site on here so if you want to you can see for yourself.

and all this happened in 45 seconds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, 11 February 2011

Awards and news

I received this award from my dear friend Elizabeth ... Home musings...Thank you Elizabeth.  

To Accept The Award Requirements: Thank and Link Back to the Blogger Who Awarded You With The Award and Share 7 Things About Yourself. Award 15 or as many as you like Recently Discovered Great Bloggers and contact the bloggers, inform them of the award.
I found it quite hard to think of 7 things about myself that perhaps you didn't know as I live quite an "open" life and I think most friends know most things about me !!  But I will have a try !!

Seven things about me:
1      My favourite day of the week is Sunday.
2      I have had 4 dogs...Libbi, Red, Tamas, and Dee.  Thre dashhounds and one Yorkie,
3      I once had a prize Silkie hen. I used to carry her around in my dolls parm.
4      The friend I have had longest is Phil we have know each other for just over 60 years.
5      My fav. food is a Sirlion Steak cooked rare...
6      I resisted having a computer for years and years.
7       I would not like to live without my computer !!

So there you are a few odds and ends about me.. Nothing very earth shattering !!

Now I will nominate some great bloggers that I follow
Joann's new journal
Geni in the Lakes
Dear diary
Buttercup counts her blessings
My Southern Home
Grammy's News
West side of straight
The Mellow Pages
Sixty is good
Home musings
with brush in hand
A year from Oak Cottage

I am not at all sure if I have done all this correctly...I am sure someone will let me know if I havn't and I will see if I can do better next time.  I am sure you all know by now how.. expert !!  I am on the computer LOL

I have a PS to my last mesage about my memories of the Queen.  I forgot to tell you a sad thing that happened.  It was just after the coronation that my Granny decided she would like to see the film "The Queen is Crowned"   she had never been in a cinema fact belonged to quite a strict church that frowned upon such places...she asked permission of the church elders and was duly told she could go.  So one day she went with my Aunt into Edinburgh  an journey in itself as she rarely ever left the village...They arrived at the cinema and after buying the tickets and just before entering the auditorium....she dropped dead...It was a dreadful thing to happen, she had diabetis and was not a well lady and the feeling was that it was just all to much for her the excitment of the day.  I remember as a child feeling sorry that she had paid to see the Queen and never saw her !!  typical of me..never mind my poor Granny lying dead...
Yesterday I had good news that my Great Niece Samantha passed her driving test first time...We are so proud of her...She will now be able to drive herself  wherever she wants to go. After her test she took her Mum into Bristol as she had a hospital appointment about her diabetis....driving in Bristol takes some nerve I can tell you.  It is the last place on earth that I would drive in unless there was an emergency !!!
Goodnight All..             LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Queen Elizabeth.

I was wondering what I would write about tonight and just as I thought I would give it a miss and write another day I came across the above lovely picture of our Queen and underneath was the following statement
The Queen will mark the 59th anniversary of her accession to the throne by attending a traditional Sunday church service.
So it is 59 years since she had to come home from holidaying to begin her reign as our Queen.  what a responsibility it must have been for such a young woman and her husband.  Of course the crowning of the Queen did not occur till quite a while later as lots of arrangements had to be made.  I was only 7 at the time but can well remember the excitement of the coronation.  at school we were all given a mug with the queen on it, and a tin pencil case similarly decorated and containing small bars of chocolate !!  I wonder whatever happened to them, I expect the mug may have been broken but it seems strange not to have kept the pencil box...  what else do I remember.....oh yes we had a magnificent bonfire in the village at night.. Also it was almost the first time I had seen a television.   In Laws of the daughter of a friend of ours in the next village had a TV !! (they also had a small shop)and invited me to join them to watch the queen being be honest I can't remember much about the actual crowning but what I do remember is that we had tea and sandwiches...and the sandwiches had tinned salmon in them  .....well....(as we still had rationing after the war)... I certainly had never seen salmon let alone eat it !! we also had cucumber ones !!!  To this day I can never each a salmon sandwich without recalling that day, I can almost "see" the interior of the house and the wee probably 10/12inch. television, black and white only of course, in the corner..  quite some time later the Queen was having her usual visit to Edinburgh and her car was due to pass through the village and all the children at school were lined along the main street, flags being carried and then......the car passed........what a disappointment...oh yes it was the Queen, but she didn't have her crown to a child a Queen without a crown....was...well...not quite a Queen... Many many years have now passed and I have been fortunate to have met the Queen at a reception at Hollyrood House her Edinburgh home...and she still didn't have her crown on  LOL..but she was lovely.  I think the picture I have put on top today is a lovely one...
I hope you have enjoyed my little tale of nostalgia,,
I have had a very nice week, nothing dramatically has happened but it has been a quiet week weather wise and it is a delight to see the snowdrops nodding their little heads and even the odd yellow crocus, and even some tiny pink cyclamen showing themselves under the clematis that is also showing some buds.  I only hope that the dreaded heavy frost does not return and nip everything, it is early yet..I think maybe that the bulbs etc thought that after the very early snow and ice we had that that was the end of winter....Ah well we can always hope,,,
Today has been lovely as we were able to welcome a new member into our church, Eric has been coming to church with his wife who joined last year and has been wonderful in the background doing many maintenance things throughout the church and only now did he feel that he was able to commit himself to the church. It was such a great service by our fairly new lady minster Rachel Borgar.  I must write to our former minister (who came to us as a retired minister from Canada) to tell him as he was the one who encouraged Eric's wife Sandra to join us..  After church I came down and collected our neighbour Peter and we went to join Sarah, Beth, and Alex (Beth's stepson) for lunch at one of our favourite pubs the Quarrymans....why is it called the Quarrymans....that's a story for another day...
Goodnight to you all.    Remember always to  LOVE  ONE ANOTHER