We're off to Christchurch later in the day, and quite by chance we'll be there (albeit briefly) for the first anniversary of the 4 September earthquake.
It's amazing in a way to think that a year has passed since Canterbury was shaken awake at 4.35am on a cold Saturday morning. There was another significant aftershock early this morning, and the good folk down there have endured almost 7500 'quakes since their peace was shattered a year ago; that's more than 20 aftershocks each and every day, on average.
But for many Christchurch residents life goes on pretty much as normal, and that number will increase steadily as repairs and rebuilding take effect. That's great; the greater the sense of normality, the better for everyone.
It sounds as though we'll be doing our bit this weekend. She Who Must Be Obeyed has a retail itch to scratch, and a strong desire to leave Christchurch this weekend with a lighter wallet and a heavier credit card debt. Fortunately, it will be a reasonably brief trip!