I was sitting on the bench out in the vet clinic in Ferrymead, Having my lunch. I happened to look at the clock to see it was 12.51pm. I heard this mighty roar, the lights went out, and I was thrown across the room and landed like a starfish on the floor. All the drugs where being dumped on top of me. I was not panicking, just thinking that this is a good aftershock from September quake, (As I was in Dunedin, and missed it) I could not get up to get out, was just being thrown to the floor. I happened to look up to the open door into the shop, and saw the whole steel fish tank stand, with all the full fish tanks, lean right forward and then back to the wall. After it stopped, I managed to grab my dog, and head outside. I was surprised to see the front of the BBQ factory had fallen down, thought it must have been bigger than what I thought.
The booze from the Henrys shop next door, was just flowing out from under the automatic doors, and it was High.
We managed to get all the animals out. And caged for their parents. I had to try and get back home to Rangiora to collect my son from school.
I remember sitting in traffic on Linwood Ave, by the shell station, when a 5.0 aftershock hit and the canopy swung violently. A man in a Van on the otherside of the road, yelled at me, look at the canopy, if it had come down I would have worn it. It took me nearly 3 hours to do the half hour trip home. The hardest bit was trying to find a bridge to get over. I am not one for sitting in traffic, lol. So I was driving around all the side streets, and found a wee bridge to drive over, just before they closed it. I drove around the river, following a truck, thinking if he fell in a hole, I know not to go there, as the road was covered in liquafaction, and my car was lowered. But I made it. I would never leave Chch, as this is my home. As i drive over to Ferrymead these days, I find it mentally tiring, seeing all the work that needs to be done. I am impressed with all the people who have stayed and are living in those conditions, day in, day out. But the time on the clock will be burnt into my memory for as long as i will live, oh and flying through the air.