Monday, March 18, 2013

A quake and a shower

You are looking out our kitchen window.
 adore seeing the view, of the pretty blue sea and sky.
The glass bird hanger is so cute, and was given to me years ago by my flatmate's Mother, who had gone back on holiday to the Netherlands and she kindly brought me back this gift.

Celebrate summer
lovely sunny days
clear blue skies ... life is good.

Yesterday, we had two earthquakes here, which came as a real surprise.
I was standing at the sink doing the dishes when the first one hit - just a 3.0 and then the next one was a 4.0, that one made a rumble, as if a train was coming through and the house shook.
Made my knees shake and I always find them scary, not knowing what is going to be next.
Normally, here where we live we do not get many, in fact the last one was back in 2007, according to the newsreader.

After days of nothing but an endless hot, dry summer,  I am happy to say that yesterday we finally had a shower of much needed rain.
Yeah!  for ... water for the plants and the water tanks - did not mind at all going for a walk in the rain, as it was so refreshing after not having any rain for so long.

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  1. Carolyn, So very thankful you are alright after the quakes. I have experience two that I know of. Not very high on the scale. I hope I never experience a big one.

    May you have a wonderful rest of the summer there in your beautiful country. Your kitchen view is awesome. I would love it!

    We are just about to Spring. Coming this Wednesday.

  2. Oh my, earthquake! Sounds like home here.. They always make me weak in the knees too Carolyn..
    I think it is the not knowing what is next, if anything.. So glad you are safe.

    I love your glass bird in the window, what a lovely gift..
    Enjoy your week,

  3. Earthquakes are very frightening, I lived through one big one, years ago. Your hanging glass bird ornament is beautiful and a thoughtful gift.

  4. I would be Lucky for a blue sky. We had so much snow this winter in Germany. I want the spring time

  5. What a lovely view looking out your kitchen window with the blue sea-scape in the distance and that gorgeous glass bird reflecting light in the fore-ground.
    I hope there are no more rumbling earth-quakes in your area Carolyn .... they are way to unsettling. xx

  6. Dear Carolyn!
    Earthquakes are horrible.
    I hope you' re safe.
    The view out of your window is sooooo beautiful,but I think you know how much luck you have!
    I love the sea and you live near by.
    I wish you a happy week dear Carolyn and a little rain for your nature.
    With love, Geli

  7. Gosh Carolyn, an earthquake would be so frightening!! Loving your pretty glass bird ornament. Hope you have a good week:)
    ~Anne xx

  8. Frightening, I think! I have no experience about earthquake. We don't have those here, only seldom so weak we hardly notice them. Instead last night we watched very fine green and yellow northern lights in the sky even here in the Southern Finland. It is not usual at all!

    Have a nice week!

  9. Oh my Dear,
    an scary!
    Hope it will not happen again!
    Take care, my dear friend!
    Love and hugs

  10. Lovely last post with the all the greenery. Glad you are
    safe after the scary experience with the earthquake and you get some more rain which you need so badly.
    The view from your window with the sweet glass bird there is wonderful. Have a good week, dear friend. x

  11. Dearest Carolyn,
    Wow, earthquake!!! I've been experienced several a bit of big ones during my long life time p;) And I know how scary it is as a Japanese. How wonderful that you finally had long-waited rain♡♡♡ ☂☂☂

    And second Wow!!! What a wonderful place you live☆☆☆ The view is fantastic and how gorgeous and refreshing it will be to live place like yours(^_^)彡☆ Makes me feel wish to visit you someday, haha.

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  12. OH MY! Dear one, is everything OK? I lived in California where earthquakes are "normal" but ever so frightening nonetheless! BE WELL SWEET CAROLYN! Anita

  13. I am so, so pleased you have rain!!!!. You won't have to buy water for awhile. It must be so scary to have earth quakes. I can remember one big one when I was a child.

  14. Ouch! An earthquake or two will keep you on your toes, not necessarily in a good way. What a pretty window hanger!

    You live a beautiful place.

  15. Oh no Carolyn.. earthquakes scare me. We lived in Southern CA when "the big ones" hit and they were measuring in the 6's. We lost power for a few days and people had significant damage to their homes. THEN.. we had aftershocks for weeks later. It was so nerve-rattling. Living in Seattle we seldom get anything .. I'm thankful for that.

    Glad you got rain!!


  16. Earthquakes...are scary !!...take care darling...lovely

  17. Earthquakes are very scary...even small ones. It really shakes you to your core! Hope you get enough rain. We sure need some rain here. Enjoy your week!

  18. Hi Carolyn! The glass bird is so adorable! I'm sorry for the earthquakes, hope all is fine now!:) Kisses and have a nice week! xo

  19. Lovely pic, darling!
    So scary about the earthquakes - eek!


  20. Be safe my lovely friend. The glass bird is gorgeous.................I hope all remains well............Big hugs and glad you had some rain. Love Jeanne

  21. Hello sweet Carolyn! You have a very gorgeous view my friend! I am so happy for you! Your little birdie is sweet! What a lovely gift! I am glad you are having beautiful weather and some much needed rain too! I am sorry to hear about the earthquakes. I can imagine how frightening that must be! I am so thankful that you are your dear ones are safe sweetie! Thank you for visiting me and for your very sweet and loving words! You are always so kind! Much love and hugs, Paula xo

  22. That must have been frightening 2 earthquakes in such a short period. I hope you don't have any more after shocks. Your view from the kitchen is so lovely and your glass bird so pretty. Glad you have had some rain at long last!
    Sarah x

  23. So happy for you, that some rain came at last dear Carolyn, but it must have been scaring with the EARTSQUAKES , I have never experiensed one, and hope I will not...I hope there will not be more of them in your end of the world,dear.
    Love your view and sweet glass bird!

  24. love it!


  25. Hello, dear! I'm already a follower of your blog via GFC (my photo is black&white). Let's stay keep in touch!

    -Mademoiselle S.

  26. Oh how scary with those quakes!
    The view from your window however is breathtaking. Such a lovely place.
    Yippee for the rain!

  27. Dearest Carolyn,
    That sure is scary and I know the feeling! When we stopped by on our way back from Jakarta, via Amsterdam airport to visit my Parents, I was in my own room when we woke up at 3:22 AM to a 5.5 power earth quake. That never leaves your memory!
    Glad things are fine with you and your home.

  28. Oh Carolyn, I'm so happy to hear you finally got some much needed rain...Yay! Love the view out your window. We have a small earthquake here too last Monday. You would think living in California I'd be use to them...but they're still scary. Wishing you a wonderful new week my dear friend.


  29. The view from your kitchen window is
    amazing. But the earthquake was scary.
    I have experienced one in Greece.
    The rain however was god.

  30. Oh dear...earthquakes are so very frightening! I am delighted to know that you are safe and well.
    So happy to hear that you have a bit of must be welcomed surely...and a stroll among the drops would be joyful indeed!
    Enjoy your lovely view from the kitchen window, and the gorgeous glass birdy...such a cherished gift from a friend.
    Hugs to you Carolyn ,,,

  31. Dear Carolyn,

    An earthquacke is a so scary experience, luckily here in Rome I've nerver experienced it, but in Italy are pretty common...
    Anuìyway the view from your kitchen is amazing, enjoy your summer days!

  32. SO pretty! I never feel earthquakes here...hope you weren't too scared :) Happy to hear you got the much needed rain :)

  33. Carolyn,
    The earthquake must have surprised you so!! I hope everyone is OK. Your glass bird is darling, and coming from the Netherlands makes it more special. When the girls travel, they always bring me back something special. Isn't it great to get treasures from around the world? Have a happy week.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  34. Hi Carolyn,
    Well I certainly missed a lot while my family were visiting but having so much fun catching up.
    I am so glad you came through your quake okay. It must have been scary.
    Love seeing the view out your window. The ocean is beautiful and your hanging glass bird gift is darling. What a nice keepsake from your friends mother in the Netherlands.

    Beautiful and isspiring as always my friend.
    hugs, Celestina Marie


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