365 Challenge #305 - Thinking of Christchurch

Today, a massive earthquake devastated the beautiful city of Christchurch. I couldn't help but think back to the fantastic few weeks I spent there a couple of years ago.

During my trip, I bought a few pieces of jade jewellery, a speciality of the area. I particularly loved the maori symbols, and chose a Koru (spiral) charm. The Koru represents new beginnings, growth, harmony and was derived from the symbolism of an unfurled silver fern leaf - which are plentiful in New Zealand.

My thoughts are with everyone in the disaster-struck Christchurch tonight. I am sure they'll find the strength to create their own new beginnings.

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