We're up at the crack of dawn today. A good friend has passed away, and we're headed for Christchurch to pay our respects.
We can't say in all honesty that it's a journey we're particularly looking forward to given both the reason for the trip, and the surge in seismic activity in the past 48 hours. Canterbury Quake Live is reporting 48 earthquakes in the 24 hours to 5pm yesterday, so things are still far from stable beneath the Canterbury plains. And we'll have to hope that Air New Zealand is still flying, with the ash cloud from Chile still hovering far above us.
Being otherwise occupied may have an adverse effect on blogging output, but we'll do our best. But our thoughts are likely to be on other things over the next day or two, so bear with us. We'll be home some time over the weekend, all things being equal, and normal transmission will be resumed.
UPDATE: We may be flying, or we may be driving and sailing; it's going to be one of THOSE days, we fear. Thanks Chile!