Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Hmmm, A Flood

We have been evacuated from our little unit, as the Brisbane River has broken it's banks. I managed to get some clothes, school uniforms, my violin, Brynley's guitar and 'Bun-Bun' and 'Ted-Ted' (Kristian's bed toys)... that's it. I  turned around to look at the few precious bits and pieces we have in our new little digs (we only moved in pre New Year) and thought to myself, "well I wanted a fresh start, what a way to do it". I didn't put anything up high, didn't really have any time. My beautiful chair (remember the one from the house)... I gave it a loving last look and our beautiful piano... just belongings... just things. We are holed up in a city hotel with some dear friends of ours from the same complex. I have shed a few tears... just to get it all out of my system....I am a little scared. I'll miss my comfy bed! Funny what thoughts go through your head when you know your worldly possessions are under threat. I will let you know how we go. Peak is expected within the next 24 hours. How life changes! But we are safe and well. I've got my boys.. that's all that matters.
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83 comments:

  1. Hope all goes well and your unit is unaffected. It is unbelieveable watching the devastation ...

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  2. Glad you and your family are all ok. Watching the news updates here in Perth, its hard to comprehend the magnitude of this flood- especially while we have massive fires burning. All the best for the coming days and hope it stops raining soon!

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  3. there is always a spare bed at my house A-M and we do live on the side of a very large hill :) Be safe!
    Rachael

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  4. Stay safe and stay well. Our thoughts with all of you in Queensland.

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  5. Hi A-M, I thought about you and your family this afternoon when I heard on the radio that the River had breached its banks. I hope all goes well and not too much damage is suffered to your things. We're all amazed by what is happening in Qld and hope this deluge doesn't last too much longer for all you wonderful Qlders.
    All my love
    Engracia
    xx

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  6. Do take care AM - thinking of everyone up there touched by the flooding xoxo

    I am sure you will give each other big hugs and lots of comfort until you can get back home..

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  7. I've been thinking of you all day A-M hoping that you are getting to safety etc. I was nearly going to email you so I'm so glad to see this post.
    I'm glad that you and B & K are safe and sound and I really hope that the flood waters don't get as far as your unit. You are an amazingly strong person to keep your chin up in the midst of all of this. Lots of positive thoughts are going your way! Huge hugs and keep us updated my dear! Jxx

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  8. Oh dear A-M!! I didn't think you were near the flood area but I guess it's reallt taking over most of QLD. I hope you are all ok and that your beautiful belongings are all miraculously untouched by the floodwaters. Stay safe (and dry)Big hugs xx

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  9. You can do this AM, as long as you and your gorgeous boys are safe. Thinking of you all. Keep safe.xxx

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  10. Take care A-M.
    I hope it isn't as bad at the say its going to be.
    Thinking of all Queenslanders.
    xo

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  11. I'm glad to hear that you and the boys are safe and sound A-M.

    I just cannot fathom what Queensland is going through. I mean we had what we thought was a major flood a few years back in Newcastle and I have never been so scared in all my life. It is nothing compared to what is happening up north.

    My prayers are with you all and as you said these things are belongings and not what is most important in life.

    Thinking of you.

    Sandy K
    xxx

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  12. thinking of you AM, do take care
    alicia xx

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  13. Dear A-M

    This is terrible news. If you need anything please yell out.

    Carolyn

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  14. Oh A-M my heart breaks for you. Sending you love & dry sunshiny thoughts.

    Katie

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  15. Thinking of all those affected by the floods. It is all so horrible I have cried so many times today watching the news.

    You are right, you and your boys are safe and that is very important. So many people...well it's just heartbreaking.

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  16. Thinking of you A-M, I used to live on Hoogley Street so can imagine what you are going through, scary.. but you and your boys are safe and that is all that matters xx

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  17. Good luck and stay safe! Like you said all that stuff is just that...stuff. You and the boys are ALL you need. Thinking of you x

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  18. A-M, you have definitely been in my thoughts since I heard of the evacuations this morning. This flood is incredible, unbelievable actually.

    You sound so very brave in the face of adversity and yes when it comes down to it - posessions, although beautiful, are not as important as the ones we love.

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  19. Oh, Sweetheart! Words fail me. I can't believe you now have this to content with as well. Sending you Hobart ♥♥♥ and prayers tonight. J x

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  20. Hugs to you all, I pray all your belongings are safe and dry.

    xxMB

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  21. Oh dear... I hope everything will be okay... at least you are safe for now. Take care x

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  22. I was just thinking about you:) stay safe, cuddle your boys, and stay strong!keep us updated so we all know you are doing ok. love from Tasmania

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  23. Oh I am glad to hear that A-M. I was thinking about you today when they mentioned all the suburbs under threat. Yes, you're right, just possessions. Take care and I'll keep my fingers crossed it won't be as bad as the doomsayers as predicting.

    Jennifer xx

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  24. So sorry to hear this A-M, glad you and the boys are safe, will be thinking of you and all the other people that are affected by this terrible disaster.

    Katena xx

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  25. A-M I just saw the news and a current affair and thought of you and other
    Brissie bloggers. I was a bit teary hearing the news, terrible. I am very glad you are in a safe place and with friends and your boys. I am saying lots of prayers for you all. Stay safe and please keep us posted.
    I suppose there is that old saying "It never rains but it pours" I guess that is reality at the moment. Love to you all Deb

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  26. I can not even imagine how scared you must be - i have been crying at the footage all day.... Take care of you and your precious boys - your are all in my thoughts and prayers...

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  27. Wow, A-M, I am open-mouthed at your calm and strength. You have been stripped down to the essentials of life - and you are still here, standing proud, inspiring us with your words and there for your boys. You are amazing. I really hope and pray the flood subsides and your things are ok. Thinking of you. Which sounds a bit lame, but not sure what else I can do so far a way!

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  28. Golly A-M, it never rains but it pours...literally for you! As long as you are all safe and high and dry! Have been keeping an eye on Rocky from here in the U.K. as we lived there for some years...now can't believe what we're seeing in and around Brisbane. Stay strong...you're gonna be able to conquer the world after what you've been through!!! Robx

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  29. Oh A-M my heart goes out to you.
    I have felt sick all day wondering what is going to happen in Brisbane, after the footage of the last few days. I had promised to take my daughter last week to the art galleries there tommorow (wont be happening) I begged a friend of mine to come down to the coast tonight from Brisbane but she feels she is safe.
    Im glad you & the boys are tucked away safely. I am only as far away as the Northern Gold Coast & if there is anything I can do , anything at all please contact me & let me know.
    Warm Regards
    Karyn x

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  30. Just think that you and your boys are safe. we are in shock of the news coming from Towoomba etc. I hope your stuff stays safe but as you say there's always a fresh start. our thoughts are with you and the rest of flooded Qld. you are very strong and will be able to pick up the piece of your life. let us know how you get on. A bottle of wine from room service shared with your friends once your boys are in bed sounds a grand idea!

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  31. Thinking of you all. Glad to hear you are safe. Fingers crossed your belongings are spared. Stay safe x

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  32. I like your thinking A-M. Stay safe, dry and optimistic :)

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  33. Watching it all unfold from here in Melbourne . Un-bel-eeeeeve-able!
    The amount of water!!!!
    At least you can go somewhere and you are all safe. The 'things' can always be replaced and the memories will always be there but your family is not. I can only imagine you feel a little as I did when the Black Saturday fires were close by here in the Dandenongs. At least you have the time to be safe. We send you love and best wishes from my family to yours. May it all be over quickly and not as they are predicting.
    I have been thinking of all my blogging friends there and hoping everyone is ok. Thankyou for letting us know :)

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  34. AM!! Poor you! I have a spare room if you get sick of the hotel! And I live on a hill.

    The chaotic scenes as I left the city at lunch were unbelievable. And Woolies at Paddington was BARE like a London shoppe circa 1942- no milk, no bread, no apples, no bottled water, no torches...People were panic shopping.

    Mr FF is in Nth Qld so I have my candles, lighters, and water at the ready.

    I loathe a flood. Especially when I am by myself and pregnant.

    The situation is Hardcore Apocalyptic.

    God I could use a strong drink.

    Be brave xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  35. I've been thinking of you, A-M, and glad you have posted. Not happy at all to hear that you have been evacuated. This is probably the last thing you need at the moment. Stay strong, please keep us posted and please stay safe. I'm praying for you. xo

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  36. Sending the best of wishes your way for your beautiful family xx

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  37. Stay safe beautiful, have been thinking of you and your boys all day,
    Sending you loads of love. xoxoxox

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  38. Dear A-M
    Take good care of yourself and kiddies... I'll be thinking of you and other Qld friends in the coming days...

    I know you say it is just stuff.. but you put so much love into your stuff I can understand it must be difficult..

    I didn't realise how bad it all was till this evening.. been avoiding the news this year..

    TAKE CARE ... xxx Julie

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  39. I'm praying for you and the boys, A-M as well as all of the other people affected by the flooding. xx

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  40. Hi A-M,
    Stay Safe and Take Care! I am holed up at home just waiting for all of this to pass - not quickly enough in my opinion. It took my daughters ages to get home today, but God I am so happy to have them here with me now. I have just heard that it will be Saturday when it all subsides! So many people have lost so much, it is just devastating, my heart goes out to them. Stay Safe, you are in our thoughts and prayers, Robyn

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  41. Glad to hear you're all safe and dry. It's unbelieveable what QLD is going through considering the dry, hot weather we have here in Perth. I hope this receeds soon.

    Take care

    V x

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  42. Dear A-M, I did also think of you today. So so sorry to hear that you have been evacuated but so glad that you and your gorgeous boys are safe. I really hope that it stays that way and that your home isnt hit with too much damage. Sending prayers your way,
    laura c xx

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  43. Life can be really crap at times can't it - hang in there. Thinking of you. We are north of Brisbane but still surrounded by lots of water and roads cut off. ;-)

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  44. My thoughts are with you AM you and the boys stay safe.I'll be thinking of you.
    As they say becareful what you wish for you just might get it.
    Kind Regards
    Karen

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  45. You stay safe sweet, and you know what, you have exactly the right attitude - it's just 'stuff' (although some of it is rather lovely!) but it's nothing that can't be replaced. You and those boys of yours look after yourselves and don't forget to ask for help if you need it. K xx

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  46. A-M, we are glued to our TV watching the reports & stunned by the images we are seeing. THe reports are frightening.

    You are the only person I "know" who lives in Brisbane & I'd been wondering whether this disaster was affecting you somehow - well, it seems it has.

    I will be thinking of you & your thoughts your way!

    "hang in there".....seems you've been doing a fair bit of that lately!!!!

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  47. Hi AM, it is just awful. Will be thinking of you, glad you are safe. Garden centre is predicted to go under. John sand bagged the kitchen but I particularly feel for him and his family who are just starting a new business. I know they would want me to pass on their thoughts to you and the boys. We must remember its only stuff we can replace stuff we can't replace lives. Xxx Katherine

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  48. Was thinking of you A-M as I just watched the news. Scary stuff. Take care. x

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  49. Take care. I can't believe what Mother Nature is capable of. thinking of all those affected by this tradegy

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  50. Oh A-M - I'm so glad you and your dear boys are safe. Our thoughts are with all those affected in QLD. B.x

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  51. Prayers & thoughts are definatly with you and all thoughts in QLD...
    The most important thing is that you have your boys and you are safe.
    Much love, Ana

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  52. I hope your place makes it through safely. Especially knowing the horrible flooding issues you had in your last apartment!

    Packing up a couple of little boxes has me thinking that we live with too many things. The only things we must save fit into one box, and of course the three of us!

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  53. Hoping you are able to return to your things and you will find them unscathed.

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  54. I´ve read about this in the Swedish newspapers - it´s really awful. :-(

    I hope you feel as OK as you can during the circumstances and I´ll cross my fingers that no more people will get hurt. Take care!

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  55. Keep safe AM..will be saying a little prayer for you and your boys that the worst will be over soon and that you will be able to go back to your little home again x

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  56. Thank God you and the boys are safe and are not alone.

    Talk about survival mode, but you have the best attitude about everything! Hold on tight to each other and nothing else matters.

    Hang tough A-M, I am in awe of your strength ♥

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  57. Snuggle up together...be safe.
    Ingrid x

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  58. thinking of you with fingers that are crossed xxxx

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  59. Stay safe and well x This is an absolute tragedy for QLD and Australia.

    Just when you thought the world had thrown as much as you could take..... then comes this!

    Mysterious ways
    xx

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  60. Was wondering about you and hoping you were on high ground. We're in direct line for it but my neighbours are quite high so we have reserved a spot on their roof x

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  61. hey mate, we are watching the news down here in Melb, we had bad floods a month or so ago, mainly a couple of country towns, but nothing like what you guys are going thru, just unbelievable, I hope you guys stay safe, in fact, I hope everyone does! THINKing of you... xxx

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  62. Good to hear you & the boys is safe & sound.

    I heard that in our morning radio news, coz am home sickie (again). But it's jus flu and all those stuffs during winter.

    No worries to your precious treasures, important thing is that hold you lil family in tact, that matters.

    Huggies to all...
    /chie

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  63. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  64. I immediately thought of you this a.m. when Sky News reported that areas of the city are under threat. I had hoped you'd be spared this. What a dreadful, dreadful thing this is for you all over there. My thoughts are with you all. Stay safe. x

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  65. I hope your chair and piano come out the flood alright. But the most important thing is that you and your boys are somewhere safe and dry and with friends.

    Fingers crossed for you and everyone else in the flood zone.

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  66. Dearest A-M, I'm so sorry you have to go through this but I am very happy that you and your boys are safe! Will be keeping ya'll in my prayers, take care and god bless.

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  67. i am so glad you are all safe.

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  68. You and your family will be in my thoughts. Love, Heidi

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  69. Do keep safe, high and dry -- the reports here sound pretty daunting.
    Best, Alcira

    nerochronicles.com

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  70. It is so hard to comprehend, but I have been watching youtube and places I know are just washing away! So glad you and your boys are safe - in later years they will remember all sorts of things about this.
    I ring my mum in M'bah to see how the Tweed is, and she is full of gallows humour - I think I'm in over my head - it never rains but it pours - but she is eighty-eight and right on a pond, so I worry.

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  71. 4.45am Wednesday: Report from hotel bed: River peak expected at 4am Thursday. Just looked at the flood maps... hmmm, our street will be totally under and our storage shed (remaining contents of house that a-m built) is smack bang in the middle of the flood zone for coorparoo. right in the middle. talk about bad luck. Rats. Can't sleep despite the most comfy hotel bed I have ever been in! my little one is having loud nightmares next to me. Just between you and me, I think the prime minister is staying in the room next to me? there has been lots of chatter all night. distinctive voice. I am sure it is her! will try to get a bloggy photo if I see her around! A-M xx

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  72. Thinking of you A-M! Glad to read you and your boys are safe... that is all that really matters.
    Prayers for you all.
    Karen

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  73. What more can be put in your path? I know people say it all the time but if there is anything I can do please just ask. If you and your little family could use anything, let me know.

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  74. hi AM
    Interesting re Julia G in next room. I can't sleep either. I am v. sorry to hear about the flat and the storage unit. It is devastating, but stay STRONG, you have your little boys there with you. K xxxxxxx

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  75. Doesn't the universe throw some tricky things our way - she likes to test us. At least you are with your boys and are nice and safe. Keep that way xx

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  76. Hi A-M, easy for me to say, but, yes you are right. You have what matters - your precious life and your dear boys. Our prayers are with you, take care. Shaz xxx

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  77. Hi A-M, what terrible news about your street and storage shed. The main thing is that you and your boys are safe. Take care. x Anita

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  78. Hoping and praying for the best...hang in there!!! We're all thinking of you!! ♥
    xo J~

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  79. Thinking of you and your boys..Cannot believe what is happening..

    Stay safe, love and best wishes
    Athena xo

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  80. Dear A-M...Kathy in the U.S. here.....I'll be thinking of you in the coming days...stay safe.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx