The Christmas Pav

This is a traditional Christmas Pavlova dessert. For those of you unfamiliar with a Pavlova it’s essentially a giant meringue – which we top with strawberries or kiwifruit – it’s a very typical NZ and Australian dessert. This one was consumed shortly after the photo was taken and it was quite delicious. It has been a lovely day in Christchurch today – sunny, warm and relatively free of earthquakes – at least the ones I have felt have been very small and not the least bit concerning.

Friday however, was not such a good day. Getting three large earthquakes in quick succession after having a long quiet spell has really upset people and has psychologically put people back. People (including myself) were a bit stunned, felt terribly flat, tired, and emotionally drained – hence the lack of photos on my part. It really came at a bad time. Everyone is stressed out anyway at the end of the year – and the rush to get things finished before Christmas was certainly my focus. But it’s funny how priorities change so quickly after a round of shakes rattles and rolls.  Fortunately I was not alone for the quakes this time around, but it didn’t make them any less frightening. It’s the unpredictability that really gets to me and most other people. When you feel the start of a quake you just don’t know if it’s going to pass quickly or turn into something nasty. We were lucky this time in that we didn’t lose power or water and just a few things fell off the shelves. People living closer to the epicentre of the most recent quakes (which were out to sea or by the beach) were not so lucky – losing even more crockery and stuff falling out of the cupboards. And then that dreaded liquefaction came back in some suburbs.

Hopefully most people have managed to enjoy today. I know I have – even though just yesterday I was still so tried and ‘down in the dumps’ that I couldn’t see how I could enjoy today. But it’s amazing what a good night’s sleep will do for you! And having good people around you who care and make you laugh and make yummy food for you to eat!

This last year has been rather surreal to say the least. I sincerely hope 2012 is much better to Christchurch. I for one have had enough ‘growth experiences’ and I know more than I ever cared to know about earthquakes and how to be prepared for them.

So I sincerely wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a seismically dull New Year.


  • 6 years ago

    the cake looks delicious – good to hear from you – all the best

  • 6 years ago

    Michelle, I was sorry to hear the news from Christchurch. That cake looks great, my kind of treat. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas.

  • felicity kendrick
    6 years ago

    Hi Michelle,
    i was devastated to hear about the earthquakes again in Chch.
    The pavlova looks delicious, it was such a tradition in my family as we all grew up in Wellington.
    My mother would make it often for special occasions. But your one looks fantastic. I really hope your and your families had a great Christmas and i wish you all a great New Year.
    All the very best for the future.

  • lynn
    6 years ago

    Thanks for the update and the delicious photo. Wishing you the happiest Christmas, and peace in the New Year.

  • Karen
    6 years ago

    Hi Michelle’
    Merry Christmas to you and yours with many thanks for your wonderful photos.

    Can’t tell you how I felt when the news of more earthquakes hit the airwaves here in Australia; after a seemingly quiter life, just before Christmas WHAMEE more of the same. Still thinking of you and praying for better times for you.

    I told you once we visited Christchurch and the South Island for 3 weeks in 2009 (a question about Retour) and one of the best days we had was at Orana, so loved your photos earlier in the month. Couldn’t believe how close you can get to the lions and have a couple of wonderful photos of a mother and 6 cubs, some hers and some adopted.

    Let’s hope 2012 is better for all of us,

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