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Merry Christmas Curd Nerds!
Well, Christmas Day is almost done and I’m taking some time with a few drinks and a plate of lovely fresh bread with home made cheese for supper to reflect and share Christmas greetings.
For me personally, and certainly for other Curd Nerds in my neck of the woods, it has been a pretty unsettling and crazy year and I am kind of looking forward to seeing the tail end of it.
After a 7.1 Earthquake in September 2010 at 4.35am on a Saturday morning, which I saw and felt the full duration of since I was awake flipping a batch of freshly made Camembert, we thought that we had seen the worst of it. Christmas 2010 came and although we had a large aftershock on Boxing Day we hoped 2011 would be a better, less shaky year.
Sadly that was not to be the case.
In February 2011 we experienced a 2nd large Earthquake, this time with much more devastating affects. Too many lives lost, much of our city in ruins, and so many families displaced and emotionally damaged by this historic event. Again, we hoped for better in the months to come as we cleaned up and did as much as we could to support each other and keep our city going.
But the story keeps on playing out.
In June we had more larger Earthquakes (compared to the constant smaller aftershocks we have had for more than 14 months now). And yesterday, 2 days out from Christmas, we went through another swarm of larger Earthquakes. The worst a 6.0 MM and only 5km deep, rattling everyone back into high alert.
So as Christmas draws to a close I think about how resilient and brave our city’s people are proving to be. Whole neighbourhoods are filled with liquefaction again and many people in the ‘Red Zones’ (homes, streets and whole zones that are damaged or compromised beyond redemption) are spending Christmas facing another clean up, and another harsh reminder of the reality of their situation.
I am absolutely in awe of those who keep smiling despite all that they have been through and continue to deal with, and saddened for those whose hearts are breaking and are living with an overwhelming sense of uncertainly for their future.
On this Christmas Day in Christchurch, New Zealand, finding the Christmas spirit is going to be pretty tough for some. My thoughts and heart are with those people and my one wish is that some good comes your way soon.
This kind of post will be in the minority for Curd Nerd, given it is off topic except for the mention of my supper and my shaken Camembert (which were fine by the way ; )) and pretty personal, but as Christmas Eve winds into it’s last hour for me, I have hope that 2012 brings peace for the people of Christchurch, a small number of which are fellow Curd Nerd subscribers.
As we all open our gifts, eat great food, drink nice wine and spend time with our friends and families, let’s not forget those who are in challenging times and send them a thought with a wish for peace.
Merry Christmas to all Curd Nerd subscribers and I wish you and your families joy, peace and love for the festive season and well beyond.
I look forward to sharing plenty more cheese love in 2012 and will be back in January with the next post, back on topic.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!