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We’re on the move…

Well at least our possessions are…at last they are going in to store or into the skip.

Today I had a phone call from Wendy – she works for ChemDry and  she has been absolutely brilliant through our flood saga making appointments for people to visit and arranging for the key to be picked up when required.  She is so efficient I haven’t had to do a thing.  I was surprised to find that she had also accompanied the man from ChemDry to go down to our cottage to list and pack away the contents that have survived and remove the rest for disposal.

She phoned me at work to check a few things, which was very good of her – it made me feel as if someone was actually taking good care of the remains of our possessions.  She even apologised as she had intended leaving us a couple of cups so we could get a cup of tea when we go up but they had inadvertently got packed – but I was pleased at her thoughtfulness.

 I showed you the outside pictures of the flood but I don’t think I have shown you inside – so here we go – you may need your wellies on and tread carefully the surface is slippy.Flood 5

This is what we saw when we went inside the day after the flood – no water left but just a layer of very slippery mud all over the floors.

The Bedroom

Flood 2014

Looks quite normal above floor level doesn’t it? –  the settee was in here temporarily whilst we decorated the living room.  The water here was just above skirting height but everything got splashed by the Fire crew going in.   I managed to salvage this wooden side table and have cleaned it down – as it was painted even on the bottom the water had not got into the wood.

Flood 2

The bottom of every cupboard had been flooded.

Cottage flood damage

The Conservatory

Flood 3

The conservatory was the worst hit – the water here reached up to the line on the tablecloth about 2′ high.

Flood 4

Our new bath was being stored in here under the pink sheet.  Someone had tipped the chair up on end to try and save it but the water has got the cushions – so all this here is for the skip.  Below is a more recent picture now the mud is drier.

Conservatory flood damage

The Living Room

Cottage Living room 6

The bed from the small bedroom was in here whilst we installed the Velux window – it was brand new but destined now for the skip.   Smaller items had been moved around by the water.  The little bookcase which was in the bedroom alcove was from Ikea but has been water damaged at the bottom – I particularly liked this and cannot replace it now as it is discontinued.

Cottage Living room 5

Because we were still decorating the living room the wooden floor had not been laid – so this is still the concrete covered in mud.

These are the earlier pictures when we put up the boarding on the walls and painted it…

Cottage Living room 3

then added the French Doors through to the conservatory where the window was…

Cottage Living room 4

…everything had just had the last coat of paint and we were ready to finish the electrics…

Cottage Living room 2

I am not even sure yet if the specially made doors will survive and the next step is the stripping out  –

when all the boarding will be pulled off together with the plaster and the doors!

It is beginning to feel like running a film backwards!

20 thoughts on “We’re on the move…”

  1. Such a pity. It was all looking so beautiful too. I greatly admire your stoicism in the circumstances. I hope you get it all sorted as soon as possible.


  2. Oh, how awful! And after such a lot of loving care. Will the wallboards be replaced partway up? Doors and door frames replaced? I am glad to hear someone has done the inventory work for you. I would not like to start over that way.


    1. All wall boards, skirting boards and architraves around the doors will be fully removed and then replaced and painted – I am worried that they will get the paint as smooth as we did though – I may need to introduce then to sand paper! Often builders paintwork can feel a bit gritty.


  3. You sound so matter of fact, but I know the heartbreak behind every picture 😦 So sad, but hopefully a phoenix will arise from the (ashes) mud!!


  4. Just too awful – so sorry for you. My mum’s house flooded while she was living with us after her cancer surgery and it was such a stressful and dreadful time, I really feel for you. Still, forward we go!


  5. How awful for you after all your hard work, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

    I am so glad you were insured, a friend of mine has lost lots in a fire recently – a fire in the flat above hers, nothing to do with her really. But she wasn’t insured and is in a lot of difficulty just now.


  6. I have been looking at your flood damage – that must have been so much stress to see your cottage like this and sadness too. Congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter, she looks very sweet and pretty. Here, (near Atlanta, Georgia) we have had some floods in the low area of the county, but we are close to a small mountain. The only weather problems we get are tornadoes. I came to your blog from Down by the Sea.


    1. Thank you for your comments – I have had a quick peek at your blog during my lunchtime at work – what a lot of work you put into your posts they are so informative I will be back for a further longer read and hopefully will learn a lot about America and your history.


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