Saturday, March 12, 2011


This blog seems to be turning into reports and reassurances about disasters..... As you are all aware there has been an absolutely terrible earthquake here in Japan. The images on TV just get worse and worse and the loss of life and destruction caused by the earthquake and the tsunami which followed is incomprehensible. We are in a completely different area from where the earthquake hit and although trains were stopped in fear of tsunami waves we have really not been affected at all. It all seems very unreal and I sit here wondering what I can do to actually help in some way.
If anyone is in an affected area and needs a break for a while we have a cottage which is empty and although we will be in Australia for a couple of weeks anyone is more than welcome to use it.... the garden has plenty of veges and the chickens are still laying eggs. If anyone else has any ideas about how we could help out please let me know.
I really hope that there are a few miracles over the next few days, but things are looking pretty grim right now.


  1. Jo - I'm really bad at keeping in touch but read your blog and was glad to hear your family was save in NZ, but what's this about your going to Australia? Hope you find some way to help out in Japan - going thru your blog like this is a great idea! Wendy

  2. Hi Jo and all. Am so relieved you are all okay, but really feel for the others. The reports are horrific. You are in a similar position to what we were here - so close, and yet you feel so helpless.
    T & G

  3. ONE WAY TO HELP: Christian Relief, Assistance, Support and Hope (CRASH) is already on the ground in Sendai helping with relief efforts. CRASH equips and prepares churches and missions to be there to help their communities when disasters strike and coordinates Christian volunteers to work with local ministries in the event of a disaster. What they need immediately is money for satellite phones and $3,500 for each of the three or four survey teams that have just left for the area. Satellite phones will be used to keep in touch with teams being sent out and with the base camps being setting up. Site for donations:

  4. Glad to know you and family are ok and that your family in New Zeland are managing after that quake. Have a safe trip to Australia and back home. Mimi