Last week's devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand sent me to my archives.
We had visited New Zealand in 2007, a wonderful trip but three weeks were far too short to get to know this beautiful country and its friendly people.
We only had a few hours to spend in Christchurch but that was enough to know that it is a special place.
I watched the chess players in the square with their giant chess pieces.
The punters on the river Avon.
We enjoyed the historic buildings of Canterbury College.
The Canterbury Provincial Council building.
The beauty of Christchurch was not limited to the historic buildings. There are, or were, many beautiful modern buildings as well.
The Art Museum.
I wonder which of these buildings are still standing. I know the Cathedral was badly damaged and I'm sure many other buildings we had admired have been damaged as well. However sad the loss, buildings can be replaced, people can't. I feel sad at the loss of life and I know the days ahead will be difficult for those dealing with their loss, may God ease their pain and give them strength to get through the coming days.
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