We are surrounded at the moment by things of beauty. Traditionally Christmas smells like Christmas lillies and I am picking and consuming a punnet of my own berries per day, not to mention all the salad greens and even a nice red tomato just in time for Christmas. Despite all of this, the radio dj couldn't have put it better, after he recovered his composure that is......Mother Nature is a b..arch! When we were just starting to get our confidence back and be able to walk through a mall without planning our escape route, whamo, ground hog day again! Many a Christmas party was stopped in it's tracks. My own kids had friends around for a swim in our pool. All they wanted to do was jump in and ride the waves that were sloshing over the side. I had to remind them that they really should contact their parents, not an easy thing when the cell and landline networks were not operating.
There is not a lot of damage this time, even though a vino was required to calm frayed nerves. The eastern suburbs again have liquifaction, a sole destroying thing especially on Christmas Eve.
Last night there was not a lot of sleep to be had, with 26 aftershocks during the hours of darkness culminating with a 5.0 at 6.30am this morning. My dog barked at every one and tore around the house like a pet possessed finally stopping under the dining room table.
Tomorrow, I am hosting a full turkey lunch for eleven. We will be eating outdoors, something nobody in this city will complain about. Today, I need to do all of those chores that didn't get done yesterday. I intend to crank up the Christmas Carol CD and hopefully drown out the rumble down under!