Well, what a scary start to the weekend yesterday! Woken by the first earthquake shock at 4.35, we were unable to get back to sleep after the first major event, which was followed by numerous aftershocks which are still continuing today.
During the first shock, our tank stand collapsed, tipping the 5000 litre water tank onto the ground, where it burst apart, spilling its contents onto the driveway and lawn. We didn't know about this until it got light - I got up and looked out the window, and there it wasn't - as expected. Not so great for a craft dyer.
Anyway, this is small beer compared to having your bedroom wall collapse and falling a full storey to the ground under a shower of bricks as happened to one local lad. I'm just glad that nobody was killed - incredible for the size of the event. And we all thought Wellington would be the first city to get 'the big one'!
So in the meantime I won't be dyeing any wool. It may take some time to get a new tank and at present we have been lucky enough to be able to borrow a small tank so we can stay on the property in relative comfort.
I still have some stocks of most colours, so feel free to contact me if you have any queries.
Kate is a semi-retired photographer and craft dyer who lives in Southland, New Zealand.