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Published: February 25th 2011
Thank you all so much for the messages - it is a very strange lot of emotions we are going through now - on one level we are trying to act normally and at the same time the news from Christchurch is still so harrowing. And we feel exhausted all the time.
Our drive down here - we took 2 days and stayed in cabins in campsites - which were lovely. A little side trip down off the main road yesterday had us picknickning at the foot of Mount Cook- and the clouds cleared so we did see the summit.
One of the effects of the Quake was a HUGE bit of the Tasman Glacier fell off into the feeder lake - and I think we could see the effects of that in Lake Punaki ( might have that name wrong) as the water levels were very high and it wassuch a milky pale blue colour - lots of silt formthe galcier I expect.
Terry drove and we enjoyed the beautuiful scenery - tussock hills - long mountain passes- and the wind eroded clay cliffs.
At the end of our journey it was an easy ride into Wanaka to our cabin (we had booked in the morning) with beautiful views all around us. A quick tripto the supermarket for food and wine and a bottle of port - we were set up. So you see - we are trying to be normal now.
And another lucky stirke as we turne dup at my timeshare apartment at 10 am this morning to aks when we could be in was that the previous people ahd left early so our apt was ready an dwe got in staright away. Its a beautiful place and lovely modern decor - and we have a balcony, there is a nice pool and huge hot tub - so we have alreayd done that and had a walk to the lake - and fish n chips is onthe cards tonight.
Was someone watching over us !!!??? well as you know I am not religious nor a believer except in human love and endeavour...but when I went into the cathedral I lit a candle for Michael - I always do that in a cathedral I visit... so we did say thank you Michael afterwards.
Thanks for all the offers of help from my lovely New Zealand friends - I think I have to take a bit of time this week to think about my plans and whether I want to make any changes now.
I only get 30 mins free interent here a day - so time is running out- just thought I would say hello and let you know how we are doing.
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