Monday, 12 April 2010


So much has happened since I last wrote here:
there's been some creativity
(which I'll get to eventually if you can bear with me)
but last month my home was flooded in a freak, incredibly intense, autumn storm. It hit at about 5:00 pm, meaning I had to drive into it on the way back from work...under ink black clouds and forked lightning, through rain so heavy I often couldn't see out of the windscreen and flash flooding on the roads...and arrived home (safely, to my amazement) to discover that instead of a parking bay I now had a small lake, and that the water had poured off the street, down the driveway, gushed into my back garden and streamed under the laundry door covering everything inside with at least a centimetre of muddy water. After a few moments of open~mouthed disbelief and some frantic phone calls I started the very, very big job of cleaning it all up.

Luckily for me my neighbours and my family were, and have continued to be, terrific. On the night of the storm, my sister and brother~in~law drove for an hour and a half, through chaotic traffic, to come and help. My dad, too, spent much of the next week at my place doing the most horrible jobs while I was at work. Thanks to everyone's assistance, and despite a few near misses, I haven't lost anything irreplaceable. My family have mopped, moved heavy furniture, cleaned out muddy electrical points, repaired brick paving that collapsed (with me on top of it), ripped out all of my sodden, smelly carpet and patiently listened to a few slightly hysterical stinking~carpet~induced rants from me. Theoretically, my insurance company should have helped me with most of this but they were so overwhelmed by claims I couldn't get anybody to come I took photos for them instead:

Mopping Up, Midnight

My Back Garden, Morning After

There's lots more to do: my no longer beautiful bamboo floor is going to have to be replaced, my bedroom's too dusty and mouldy to safely sleep in, the back yard's still full of debris...but I'm getting there.
Molly's quite happy to keep the bed warm for me, for however long it's going to take:

(By the way, the windows are always wide open when she's in there.)

I've tucked cheerful little pots of flowers in amongst the mess out the back, which makes such a difference:

I'm planning on getting bamboo laid in the bedrooms too ~ hooray!!!!!

of course,
I've been crafting.
Nothing too taxing,
sorting out the storm damage's challenging enough,
but I've taken some more jewellery~making classes:

Copper Pendant and Bangle

I've started knitting another Fascinate wrap:

(I love the Noro yarn's subtle colours ~ they remind me of looking out over the sea and the sky on an early, wintery morning.)

and I've crocheted a little project bag which I'm just about to felt:

The pattern's called the Marvelous Mini Tote Bag
and the flower's another five petalled rose made with directions from Crochet Bouquet. I've crocheted with stash yarn, in much duller colours than I usually use, but I really like it regardless.

I'd best get back to it as there are phone calls to make and quotes to organise.
I hope, dear readers, that you're all well and happy
....and that Nature's being a little kinder to you than she's recently been to me.


2paw said...

Oh Fiona and Molly, I am so glad you are both Ok and so sorry to hear of your terrible biblical proportions flood. Nice to know your friends and family are right there for you. Oh your poor floor!! Glad it is all eventually being worked out. Lovely jewellery and bag and wrap. Stay safe and mold free!!!

Fruitful Fusion said...

So sorry to read about the effects of the flood, on you and your home.

Love the wrap!!!

Lynda said...

Oh no! I feel your pain, from this side of the country and the mad March hailstorm. I hope the moments of despair become less quickly - your flowers look lovely (both actual and in jewellery form), and Molly-and-blanket certainly provides a serene contrast.

Lindsay said...

So sorry this happened! Even though you said nothing irreplaceable was lost, it's still such a huge thing to go through and think about what to do step by step. A pipe broke under our sink last summer over night, but luckily only managed to flood half the first floor before we woke up. Isn't wet carpet lovely?

Hope you have a relatively hassle-free rest of cleanup and flooring.

Indigo Blue said...

Oh dear! I am sending virtual hugs to you as I remember your bamboo floor posts last year and to have to have all that replaced plus other work is no joke at all. At least you are safe and your lovely cat looks just like my cat Tiger!

Pihla said...

I'm so sorry- I hope you won't have to pay for that!
Your cat is so cute:)
I love the jewelry and the wrap looks great.

Simplyme5252 said...

Wow what a horrible surprise to come home to! Hopefully there won't be too much lasting effects. On a brighter side, beautiful floral photography. Actually beautiful photography throughout.

Cindy said...

I am glad you are o.k. What a wonderful family you have to help you! I hope things will go better for you soon!

magnusmog said...

I'm so glad nothing too precious was lost but so much clearing up......

Good luck with the rest of the job!

Red Hen (dette) said...

Oh no you poor thing! We were totally unscathed by the storm here. I think I'd do more than have a few rants! Good luck getting every thing back in order.

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

So sorry to hear of the flood. You are smart to keep your spirits up with flowers and knitting. Working with beautiful yarn always cheers me up!