Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thoughts go out to those affected by the earthquake

Thank you so much for your kind emails and notes you left after New Zealand experienced yet another massive earthquake.
The 7.5 quake has left people frightened, with the many aftershocks that are continuing.
Sad that there has been some loss of life and all the damage and destruction, that will take a long time to clean up.
My family and I have been safe - Even though we are a long way from where the epicenter was, Marcel {son} was still awake when the first quake shook at just after midnight and on the ninth floor of an apartment was no fun, he said, as the room was shaking.

The town of Kaikoura has been cut off with a massive slip that is blocking the highway, railway tracks, and people have been evacuated by helicopters to a safe place.  Many tourists flock to the  normally, picturesque coastal town and is the perfect place for marine life encounters, whale watching, coastal walks, and tucking into crayfish and seafood. In the winter time the snow capped mountains are very beautiful.

These sweet cows were stranded after the land crumbles around them leaving them huddled together on a small piece of grassy land.  Hope the farmer will be able to rescue them - have just heard on the radio that they have been rescued

Must be so frightening and thinking of the people that have been affected and hope things will calm down, so life can get back to normal.
Wishing you a lovely week


  1. Good evening dear Carolyn,
    I am so glad you are ok. My prayers go out to all that have had a loss. The destruction is overwhelming. I saw these poor cows on the news this evening, am happy that they were saved.
    Wishing you a peaceful and beautiful week.
    Love and blessings,

  2. Oh Caroline .. this is horrible.. those cows! What happened to them? We have lived through earthquakes up to 6.7 and that was a nightmare. I can't imagine. Sending prayers.

  3. My dearest Carolyn,
    I have watched the earthquake in TV too, and my thoughts and prayers are with all the people , who had any loss .......
    Those cows have been lucky to get rescued from this tiny place ...
    Hope, the warth calmed down now and stopped with beeing angry ...
    Wishing you a lovely rest of the week, calm and safe and peaceful!
    With lots of Love and hugs, my dear friend,
    Claudia xo

  4. Dear Carolyn!
    I was thinking of you when I saw the bad pictures in the news.
    You live in paradise but at the moment I think for a lot of people it's the hell.
    I hope it does not come again.
    Wish you a calm week my friend!
    With love,

  5. Dearest Caroly,
    we were traveling again; the internet connections were very bad. And so I did not notice that in New Zealand the earth shook. We just read about the earthquakes in Italy. Fortunately, your family members are all safe!!!
    Hearty after-vacation greetings, Traude

  6. So tragic.
    Love the flowers tho!


  7. Terrible experience those earthquakes. Hope you are far away from it and ok.

  8. I hope your family keep healthy everyday.

  9. My dear Carolyn, I`m so happy you and your family, were all safe in this tragic happening. Nature is a tough and sometimes very hard master, and so many have been effected by this earthquake . I hope for them they can soon return to a normal life again, and feel so sad for the ones whom lost their lives. Happy you can peacefully watch your beautiful bouquet my friend.
    Hugs, Dorthe

  10. It is amazing that Marcel felt the effects of the quake despite being so far away! Our news reports have shown the destruction and those poor cows, so glad they have been rescued. My thoughts are with those who are suffering from the earthquakes. Sarah x

  11. Carolyn, I heard about this earth quake, and was wondering about my dear friend in New Zealand. So glad that you weren't hit by it. That must have been scary for your son to have felt the quake in his apartment at the time. I'm happy that sweet cow family was rescued. :)

    Take care, and thinking of you today.

    love, ~Sheri

  12. Owww Carolyn ....i am so glad you and your familly are thoughts are by those who lost everything....praying for them....i am also glad to hear those cows are rescue...happy for from me Ria x ❤️

  13. Glad to know you're okay! So devastating what happened...:(

  14. So glad you're all safe, earthquakes are so devastating

  15. Hi Carolyn, I am so thankful that you and your family are okay. My thoughts and prayers were with you when I heard and my heart and prayers go out to those with loss. Such a scary event to go through. Glad the cows are rescued too. Wishing you well and sending big hugs for a nice weekend ahead. xoxo

  16. Experiencing an heartquake must be very horrible, dear Carolyn!
    We had a very similar earthquakes even here in Italy, many ancient villages were totally destroyed! Personally at my place in Rome I slightly fell it, but it was still impressive and pretty scaring!
    All we can do is praying for the poor victims, hoping thaey can soon retutn to a normal life...

  17. This is so tragic! In the center of Italy there were lots of earthquakes...
    HUgs Alessandra

  18. Oh so nice to hear that everything is ok! Happy news about the cows too...
    Take care now and have a great weekend!
    Love from Titti

  19. So pleased to read that you are all safe.
    My thoughts go to all those who have been affected by this quake.

    The picture of your flowers is lovely, what a beautiful shade they are.

    Sending good wishes to you and your family, I hope you have a good weekend.

    All the best Jan

  20. Dear Carolyn
    This is so horrible.Glad to know your are okay.
    I wish you all the best - take care!
    Hugs Yvonne

  21. I agree with everyone else0the flowers are lovely! Glad to hear all is well with you, but so sorry for the folks closer in. Can you imagine what those cows thought. It is amazing that aftershocks did not shake them off their tower.

  22. Thinking of you and so very happy to know that you and your family are okay.

  23. Dear Carolyn, I’m so happy to know you and your family are safe. Our hearts go out to everyone who was caught up in this. Earthquakes are such terrifying things. We know because we experienced one on holiday in Greece a few years back. As we were driven to our hotel on the tour bus, the guide pointed out some large dips and gullies in the landscape saying they were caused by an earthquake which happened many years before. Two days later, we were to experience a quake that measured 7.6 on the Richter scale. We and everyone else in the hotel were unharmed although the same could not be said for the hotel or surrounding buildings. The death toll was very slight (thank God), but it left us with a health respect for the world we all live on. Hugs Barbara

  24. Hi Carolyn. The Earthquake Is a terrible thing...
    Our two Country stare this sad experience...


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