Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Life goes on. Today the country observed two minutes silence at the time of the earthquake one week ago. Over 150 bodies have been found, with many more lost. The total dead could be well over 200. Human nature drives us to want to control everything around us, but our time is a tiny blip in the life of the Earth. Human habitation (and modern life) is totally irrelevant to the forces beneath us. The weather, the oceans, the wider universe, and the planet beneath us are beyond our control. We do observe natural disasters around with world with a detachment and tell ourselves it won't happen here. Well, it not only happened here, but it happened twice.

We're not back at school yet, thankfully. We are suffering from a touch of stress, I must say. Not anywhere near what people with ruined homes and lost family members would be feeling. In the back of everyone's minds seems to be the worry that we could get another big earthquake at any moment. Although we're used to aftershocks, that doesn't stop us freezing when we hear a roaring noise in the distance (usually a truck), or jumping when something bangs. And each aftershock brings the immediate question- how big will this one get?

Nature carries on like nothing has happened. The garden is looking very pretty. I'm particularly happy with the bedding dahlias that I got in punnets last year. Their colours are interesting and are great to have at this time of year.

Sorry, I took this on the little camera, which is quite sensitive to "dog on the lead" jiggles. Miss Dog and I went on a mushroom hunt. I spotted this pretty native bush with christmassy red berries.
We had to walk quite a long way to the mushroom patch. It is in a secret location on the side of the road. How strange to find mushrooms in only one place on the side of a road. They are dotted individually in the grass, and some form rings.
The camera doesn't really show how pretty the gills are underneath. They are exactly what you would call mushroom pink. I had to wash them really well because the last lot were a bit gritty.

It didn't seem to make a difference to the flavour and they were utterly delicious fried in butter with a touch of salt and pepper. Yummmm!!!! I'm planning another expedition soon.


Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Your garden looks gorgeous and the mushrooms sound very yummy. I remember that amazing flavor of mushrooms from when we were kids...they just aren't the same form the shops!!

Hard to imagine dear Christchurch in such ruins and the suffering of those who have lost people...very sad.

Meg xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi, the mushrooms are a gorgeous colour. I bet they tasted good! Your garden looks so pretty and civilised! I don't think pansies flower up here at this time, to hot. Poor old Christchurch and poor people. I am glad you have all your services, some of the eastern suburbs haven't even got portaloos i place. Stay safe. Love to all, Mum. xxxxxxxxxx

alison said...

Hello Fiona, I just had an order from a woman in Prebbleton and it prompted me to check in on you to see how you're doing.
This post is beautifully written and so very true.
Gorgeous mushrooms. I love them with butter and garlic. Yum!
Love to you,
A x