Sunday, July 26, 2009
After Thursday storms and floods we took advantage of the clear sky and dry day and had a run up the coast to Paraparumu Beach Lagoon and went pumice hunting, 4 carrier bags later and some great large pieces we headed back to the car for homemade choc chip muffins. I also collected some of those gorgeous shells that look like ammonite relations!
Andy has been busy stripping the trailer to mend, wire brush and re-paint to get it through the WOF ready for the holiday in January. Campsite is booked - www.goldenbayholidaypark.co.nz, just need to budget and book the ferry and cattery! The kids are very excited alredy! only 6 months to go!
The storm of Thursday was amazing, 80 mm of rain in one day! The storm water drains had blocked and the driveway is ankle deep with the water level getting up to the steps. The rabbit was rescued to higher ground and we were very lucky. A lot of others were flooded. Glad the house is on concrete blocks!!! Unfortunatly it was flooded under there and the ants also sought higher grouns and food - raid in the laundry for the cat fud! Wellington had been cut off from the North, all but one route was shut and anyone who wanted to try the Akatawa road in that weather would be self volunterring for a Darwin award!
Even the train line to the Waiarapa was shut after a landslide that de-railed the train! No one hurt luckily.
Then 2 days later the south Island has had avalanches and one dead unfortunatly.
There has not been too much distrubtion from the massive 7.8 quake the other week and the 17cm tusnami! loads of aftershocks, but not a single death. We just need Mt Raphau to erupt again and we will have had nearly the full set of natural hazards! Oz can keep the Bush fires!