Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I moved to Christchurch to study Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury on the 19th of February. I was living into the Ilam apartments and my room is on the third floor. I was all by myself in my room when the quake hit us violently. I am glad my building didn't fall down like so many did in the CBD.
When a natural disaster hits, regardless of human existence, it makes me feel insignificant in the scheme of things.
Nature is such a powerful force and with so many reports of natural disasters occurring in many different parts of the world it makes me wonder what the future holds.
I give my deepest condolences to those who have lost family and friends in this devastating event. I hope that people can one day return to their homes and feel safe again.
Lots of love
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I went up north to my dads house and he put down a hangi for me. A hangi is probably a weird concept for most non-kiwis. Essentially a hangi is an oven...in the ground. Its pretty simple; you dig a hole, chuck some rocks in, light a fire. The fire falls into the hole, heats the rocks and in goes the food. Cover with...earth and leave for an hour or so.
What makes a hangi special is not just the incredible food but the people you bring together. A hangi makes an event significant but the thing you remember is not the taste of the food but the company, the laughter and the love that surrounds this special occasion.
|collecting volcanic rocks|
|meat and banana leaves|
|pumpkin in muslin|
|taking out the ash and returning the hot rocks|
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
|reflection and butterflies|
I am from the wild north. It's a huge contrast from the city. I like it. Time is slow. Needs are minimal. Stress is low. Food is good. Family is near. Company is crucial. Air is clear.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
|At first he was timid|
|and he just want to play|