Just to let you know after the terrible earthquake in Christchurch today,I received a number of concerned texts calls etc. Thanks for those. Just to let you know I am no where near the quake zone and am hale hearty and putting on loads of blubber. Christchurch is in the eastern side of the south island. I am currently in the very north of the North Island in the Bay of Islands.I am about 1000km away at least from the zone. I was on my way here when I stopped outside Auckland and in the garage I heard a news flash saying there was just an earthquake but they felt that although it was smaller than the Sept 2010 one but not as deep (5km). As you can all see , it has been devastating for the city. My cousins Marys son Andrew is fine too.I spoke with him within an hour of it happening and he is over 300km from the zone.
I will endeavour to keep the humour going with the blogs!
Finally sympaties to the people of NZ on this tragedy and I am sure that based on what I have seen they have the determination and grit to get things as back to normal as quickly and efficiently possible. They are an incredibly friendly and good humoured and resilien folk.