The Earth Rocks in New Zealand

Living in New Zealand there is always a feeling of being literally close to nature. This morning I watched powerful waves rolling out onto Lyall Bay Beach; this evening, I felt the whole house shake in a major after shock of a 6.8 earthquake more powerful than the 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake. It was centred 50 kilometres south of Gisborne at a depth of 40 kilometres. But the Edgecumbe quake was much shallower than tonight’s quake. News reports here. Thinking of all those in Gisborne right now.

On the home front, today has been blessed with sunshine after the rain of the past few days (which Farmer’s have been so grateful for).

The garden is looking beautiful and Charlotte’s loving it:

And our first sunflower is in bloom!