Sunday, December 18, 2011

WATER, WATER EVERY WHERE.......................

I realise it is a while since my last post however most of what has been happening here does not make a happy post so I will briefly bring everyone up to date then look to the future. We had a lovely few days in Napier with Joan and Denis, very relaxing and what we both needed, as well as my back problems, Paul's health has taken a downward turn. Arrived home and as we retired for the night I was sure I could hear water running....! we found it..... the front room of the cottage was flooded! There is a small hand basin in the room which we have never used in our 11 years here, somehow one tap had come apart and not only was the hand basin full, the water was now coming out like a fountain and I truly I was wading in water. SOS to the family and it took us 2 hours to get everything out
 We were not using the room as a bed room, the dolls house was there (no damage thankfully) my second computor (Jan checked it the next day it still works) however fabric stored in cane hampers, papers etc stored in cardboard storage boxes did not fear as well. It took days to sort out and salvage what I could and dry out photos, fabric etc.
 The biggest loss was all my research notes specially the Wessex notes, 25 years  research and designs and all I managed to salvage was 5 pages. Although  I tell myself I am no longer teaching and so dont have such a great need for them, I still felt the loss.  My Turkish research was fine and I promise I will share that sometime soon. and the other Workshop designs and notes , and all my genealopg research is out here in a bookcase so safe.
Insurance inspection has declare the floor has to come up and be replaced along with skirting boards etc. so we will be living with the dolls house in the centre of the living room for quite a while yet. With Christmas only a few days now I imagine it will be into January before we see anything done.

 I have yet to face sorting out everything that is spread out in our other room and certainly nothing will get stored in cardboard boxes in future they are like blotting paper when it comes to them sitting in water and not all plastic bags and plastic boxes are water tight too,
On the bright side... I have been saying it was time for a good sort out of everything, well now I have no excuses it must be done !!!

 Back soon on a brighter note.

7 comments:

Annette said...

Oh Lee, so sorry to hear about the flooding. What a mess. Sounds like you have a plan in mind, yet lots of work to be done. More importantly how is Paul? I will say prayers for the both of you.

Mouse said...

ohhh dear .. sorry to hear about the flooding and the loss of all that work .... although as you said on a bright note you wanted to sort stuff so :) ... I always store my stuff in plastic very useful boxes ... for that same fear ... hope you are feeling much better with your back and that DH is much better too ...
wishing you a happy Christmas and a lovely New year 2012 love mouse xxxx

gracie said...

What a shame.... it is great that you have a good outlook. I once had a minor flood in my basement and remember all too well what I lost. Sorry your Paul is unwell. I will keep him in my thoughts. A brighter New Year for you.....

Carol said...

Oh, Lee, I'm so sorry this happened to you and that you lost all those years of research and designs. Your heart must feel so sad.

I certainly hope Paul's health improves, along with your back in the coming year...

I do wish you all the best in 2012...

Rhona said...

Sorry to hear about the flooding. We had the same thing last year....I have now invested in platic storage boxes! Hope things get back to normal soon for you.

Annie said...

What an awful thing to have happen, especially at this time of year. That's a real heart breaker to lose all that research.

Sending good thoughts in hopes that you get things taken care of soon and that 2012 brings brighter days.

Laurie said...

Oh Lee know the feeling we had a flood once from the upstairs ceiling to the ground floor .. almost had a new section of the house but the worse bit as no doubt you have found out is the smell ...that stale acrid smell seems to take ages to disappear... sorry it is christmas not what you need right now .... but look on the bright side the weather is going to get better

Hugs Laurie