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Friday, April 18, 2014


9:30 am yesterday the roof was ripped clean off the home I share with my husband in Matamata. It landed in the neighbour's paddock. Both my hubby and I were unharmed, and were evacuated off the property by the Fire Service. After more hours of stormy rain we returned and found the ceiling collapsed in. We're now safely settled at my parent's home in Te Awamutu.

Our kitchen-diner open to the elements and me trying to save what I could.

sun shower outside inside 
My study where the magic used to happen.
My thanks to all who have sent messages of support through Facebook, and offers of books (haiku and more) to replace my sopping wet ones. Special gratitude to my parents who've helped with everything over the past two days. I'll keep in touch . . .


  1. Devastating Kirsten. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Glad that your parents were close.

    1. Thank you, Maureen. Yes, thankful for my parents - they were the first people I called! Then 111, and then the insurance company. :)

  2. So sorry to hear this Kirsten, what an upheaval (if you'll pardon the expression).
    We had torrential rain on Thursday and some strong winds but not too bad. I was in the Katikati area and more than a bit concerned about crossing a small bridge (to get back to the highway) with water flowing across the deck and the "stream" a raging torrent. Held my breath and accelerated ...
    Thank goodness for parents, eh?
    Good thoughts for the coming days,

    1. Thank you for your good thoughts, Sandra. The experience is still surreal at this point. Found ourselves on the Waikato Times site this morning: http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/9958294/The-house-shook-then-I-could-see-the-sky

  3. Wow - glad you and your husband are okay, Kirsten. Hope you have plenty of help with the clean-up and that things get back to normal soon.