On the 4th of September 2010 a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit and our town was the epicentre. Sustaining considerable damage but still in good spirits, we soldiered on, but aftershocks kept coming thick and fast until on 22nd February 2011 tragedy struck. We had all become a little complacent, but this time it wasn’t just property that got damaged. 185 people lost their lives and many survivors sustained life changing injuries. The mood changed. Our mood changed. But still we stuck with it, trying to see through our decision to have left secure jobs and a safe life in Jersey, Channel Islands to immigrate to New Zealand for the dream life we had envisaged when we moved there excitedly and so full of hope in 2009.
Finally after 10,000 aftershocks, we admitted defeat and decided to return to the UK, except we had a problem. We now had eight alpacas! We made the completely ridiculous decision to bring the alpacas with us, so we put them on a flight and headed back to the UK, carrying their ribbons on as hand luggage!