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It never rains but…

…when it does it is torrential here!

Doesn’t everything always happen at once – we are feeling a bit overloaded at the moment and probably due to the relentless stress of the past few months I have finally succumbed to a nasty flu-like virus and lost my voice as well so this week I have been off work and off everything including blogging.

Since my last post we have been busy both here in this house and at the cottage.  The insurance claim for the cottage is advancing very slowly – our unaffected contents are about to be packed up on Monday – only 9 weeks after the flood!!   When we go up to the cottage to tend the garden we are having to stay in a bed and breakfast – down by the harbour in the village and ironically looking across to our cottage!  Our only means of heating a kettle of water to make ourselves a cuppa is on a camping stove in the garage as the electricity is still turned off in the cottage – not sure what we will do when the weather turns cooler as the garage is not a warm place against the cold winter winds.

At the moment we are concentrating on putting the garden back together.  It took me the whole of one day to clear out the debris swept down with the flood waters which collected in the privet hedging – the pebbles covering the little border under the Fatsia had all disappeared and been washed away under the privet – so I had to grovel about for hours picking out pebbles to be able to put them back in place.  But now it look as before.Birdhouse

The 8 foot privet hedge by the log store that was badly damaged and laying on its side has been cut down to two feet and hoisted back into place – now we can only wait and pray for its’ revival.L1030040

It is going to be a slow job.

Having a major flood in your life does make you think about your possessions in a new light.  When they go to pack up our unaffected contents for storage on Monday they will also be removing the damaged ones so we will be saying goodbye to a houseful of items all hit by the flood water – this will include everything from wardrobes, beds, duvets, chairs, tables, settee, cooking dishes and smaller items – books, ornaments and garden machinery.  All will go in a skip – we will never see them again – some we cannot replace if we wanted to.  It is like a sudden bereavement a loss on a grand scale.  And then when all our possessions are taken away the contractors will go in and remove all the fabric of the house – our lovely painted boarding, kitchen units, bathroom suite, floorboards, skirting boards and doors.  It is like building a house in reverse!

I cannot get precious about my possessions anymore – in fact I have decided I do not want to have things in case I lose them again.  With this in mind we have been undertaking a major clear out here at home and pairing down to the absolute essentials.  I may even become one of those people able to live with only 100 items.

On the good side our bathroom refurb is advancing – we have a bath installed and a shiny new chrome towel rail.  The tiled floor is being put down now as we speak then it will be ready for grout.   Once this is done the basin and toilet will go in and we can get the electrician back to put in the fan and lights.  It is looking so different to what we had before – I can’t wait until it is finished now.

 So that is my update for the moment…back soon x

20 thoughts on “It never rains but…”

  1. Glad to hear how you are doing. You must be keenly feeling the loss when you have to stay across the street and watch your stuff being hauled away! I wonder if I would feel the same as you do about collecting again. I think I would: I would have spent a lifetime collecting individual items, and would not want to replace them all in “one fell swoop” and get copies of things I used to have, without the memories.


  2. I really echo what you say about attitudes to possessions. There are only 2 of us here yet the kitchen paraphernalia I have collected over the years is quite ridiculous. I am currently sorting out the second bedroom ready to strip the wallpaper ready for the plasterer coming on 27th, again I am coming across stuff which I had forgot we had. The charity shop is doing well mind you – but I am doing the task slowly – to have everything taken at a moment’s notice is quite incomprehensible yet it happened and you are dealing with it in a way I find humbling. As you say you get to keep the memories. Dx


  3. I do so admire your resilience, such a devastating experience to cope with, it’s not surprising if it changes some of your attitudes. One day at a time I suppose – and really good to see you here again.


    1. Thank you Anny – some days are better than others – but you can only go forward or go under! It is so hard catching up with everyone – hope your exhibition went well your embroidery is so beautiful – I am glad we didn’t have any such pieces at the cottage – that would have been devastating to lose.


      1. I’m sure there’s a piece somewhere here that’s got your name on it – let me know when the house is ready and the embroidery fairies will pay you a visit… 🙂


  4. I am so glad to see you back, but so sorry to hear of the cottage’s devastation! But then so happy to see a pic of your gorgeous grand-baby! And then so excited to hear of the bathroom renovation! So many emotions packed into a few posts! It truly sounds like you have been caught in a whirlwind! Sending positive thoughts (and hugs) from this little corner of the world.


  5. It’s such a process, isn’t it? I work as a professional organizer, so I know all about the different feelings around possessions. I think you have a unique and amazingly healthy one. I think the loss you’ve been through is devastating, not so much for the things, but for all the hard work and memories that went into it.

    Good for your for putting your garden back together as best you can. I hope your hedge recovers and gives you many more years of privacy, windbreak and greenery. It’s so good to hear your updates. You might enjoy ‘writing’ down a few ideas every day, to give yourself a wonderful journal at the end of the journey. (Listen to me telling you what to try). Just a thought.



    1. Thanks for your kind words Alys. Somehow it all still feels a bit unreal but I just accept what will be – nothing can ever be as painful to me as losing my dear dad or being told I had cancer – all this is just a temporary blip I suppose – just a bit annoying as we had nearly completed the living room. I am following your Halloween antics – they are making me smile! xx


      1. You’re so right. Death, and the loss of your health put a lot in perspective. Still, this is a devastating loss of time, money, possessions, memories and a bit of fear I would imagine of what could have been. It will take time to process.

        Thanks for following my Halloween. I’m so glad I can make you smile. You need lots more of those. xox


  6. I really do feel for you. It would be an understatment to say that you have had an eventful year! Get well soon and look after yourself. Your health is far more important than any possesions. x


  7. Sorry to hear you have been struck down by a virus. What a year you are having! The effect of the flood are devastating, I hope that the garden will recover now you have put in order and the work on the cottage is progressing. Sarahx


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