It all started with a 7.1 earthquake, about a year ago.
Once Kim, Trisha, Anita and Sarah had picked up all the broken glass and tried to wash to the floors without water and power, dug out all the liqua-muck it was time to start thinking about work again. Lucky Maria missed the initial shake, as she was in Auckland.
At first no one felt safe to go anywhere. Sarah had no sewerage, Anita didn’t have any power or water, Trisha was majorily shaken. Actually everyone was majorily shaken with earthquake-brain or head-fog becoming a common phrase. The first step was to see that the studio was still a safe place to be, after all it was to become the venue for a number of major shakes after this.
Then came February. Three very terrified ladies all standing in the middle of the studio holding onto one another while the earth kicked and bucked. Kim was downstairs at the time and remembers just shouting at them all to get down here, just get down here. It was awful. Sarah was at home having only just gotten out of hospital two days before and lucky Anna was away.
But the worst was yet to come. Out here, the valley had gotten off very lightly compared with town and the suburbs where Anita, Trisha and Sarah’s homes were. Again dear Maria was very lucky as she lived out west.
There was loads of digging of liquafaction this time. Everyone helped each other and Maria took over running the studio for almost a week from her home. The news wasn’t good though and everyone’s outcomes all stem from what we were left with that day.
… and so we all moved on. Change is good, sometimes you just need time to get your head around it. Auckland is very exciting and we have had a fantastic reception from everyone. I still get a kick every time a client knocks on the door and walks into our studio in Birkenhead. It’s just not something that happened often down here in Chc. Hee, hee, very exciting.
You can see some images of the girls trip to Auckland and all the farewell parties on our facebook page.