Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Not the usual Christmas Day!

Christmas Day the weather was hot, hotter than predicted so the A/C went on, beautiful inside with the ducted system which we replaced when we came home from the long holiday in early November.

Started to cook Christmas Dinner husband decided to visit eldest sons house a few klm away in another Suburb to see if the water had turned on outside to water some baby plants.
Eldest son, his wife and their little ones are on the East Coast of Tasmania on a holiday for several weeks and will come home for a day or two here and there to check things out.

I received a phone call from Husband whilst at sons - the house it flooded! A fitting underneath the bathroom sink had given way due to rust and being old, so husband was walking in water up to his ankles in parts, downstairs was also flooded with water up to just below his knees.  The water was turned off, he came home we had Christmas dinner, son and his wife came home about 2pm after being phoned earlier, thus we 4four did the best we could wading in water pulling ruined furniture and clothes, books, toys etc. all off the flood into an area outside.
Son and wife returned to the East Coast to continue their holiday but will come home again this week to take rubbish to the tip with our help.

About 4pm on Christmas Day, husband and I returned home to shower and prepared several salads and meat to take to the youngest sons house so we could all have Christmas Tea together - the evening turned out well.

This morning my husband removed the Carpet Roses out in the front garden, there were 3 which have/had been there for many years - always good to have a change.


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The below photo is of the redone 1st front garden with the soaker hose in place to water.


50 comments:

  1. You/they need to get some restoration people in their right away to pull up any/all carpet, and start equipment to mediate mold. I kid not. Two weeks in that kind of weather is going to cause all kinds of mold, and much of it behind walls and cabinets that you won't even see... :( I don't know if they have homeowner's insurance there in Tasmania, but if so, their agents need to be called immediately to start the restoration process.

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  2. They are insured. The assessor is coming today to their house, carpet has been dried what can be, the remainder has been removed - all is well and thanks for your concern :)

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  3. what a terrible thing to happen Margaret, especially at christmas time. i hope it's all sorted with the insurance. the removal of the roses is very clever. they look like they were laden with flowers. i imagine they were quite old bushes. good that you replaced the ac before the heat. i hope all turns out well with the flooding and it's smooth sailing from here on in. ;)

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    1. Wasn't the best thing that happened at Christmas for sure, but life goes on.
      Yes, insurance is all fixed, they will pay for all to be replaced, it's just the matter of how long son etc. have to wait.

      Yes, the Carpet Roses are old now, there were 3 large ones in that particular garden bed.
      We had the A/C reverse cycle the old one was repaired about 4 times in autumn plus it was old. Good to have this new one.

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  4. So very sorry about your son's home flooding. What a terrible thing to happen.

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    1. Thanks Mildred. Don't know which is worse, flood or fire.

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  5. How awful to find a flood on Christmas Day, although any other day would be just as bad. I hope some of the wet things can be salvaged.I hope they have insurance too.
    Please tell me the carpet roses went to a new home and didn't just get dumped.

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    1. Any day is just as bad for anyone to be flooded. Only the carpet can be saved/has been the underlay has been removed.
      Yes, they had insurance and the insurance man has been. All is well in that area thank goodness.
      Carpet roses went to the 'tip' :) they were old, old two of them had reverted back to dark pink from light pink - what a shame.

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  6. What a dramatic way to spend the day. Glad to hear that the house is insured and the assessor is due. Good luck.
    And echoing River about the carpet roses.

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    1. Carpet roses very old - you will see my comment on River's comment...
      All is ok with the Assessor - all been done, now the wait as to when the money is paid and lots of shopping for the eldest son and his wife in the future.

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  7. That dampened down Christmas day a tad. How awful for you all. It seems a shame to get rid of those lovely roses but sometimes gardens need to be upgraded. Neat way to remove a plant.

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    1. It kept us busy on Christmas Day ridding of the water throughout the house and downstairs - certainly a different Christmas.
      Husband always moves big plants that way, it's easier he says.

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  8. Margaret good luck with cleaning house. I love your landscape

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  9. That was a dramatic Christmas day, and thank goodness your husband happened to just go over and check things out for them.

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    1. It was chance my husband went to eldest sons home, just chance.

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  10. Oh dear, what a terrible Christmas present. I assume they are insured and will be ok, but insurance doesn't cover all losses. I laughed at how your husband removed the roses. Carpet roses, the fashion of the 90's?, weren't all they were cracked up to be.

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    1. It was the only Christmas present we received Andrew :) my husband and I don't give each other presents - on the other hand, no not nice to front up to that mess on Christmas Day.

      From memory Carpet Roses were around in the 80's. A few of ours the pale pink ones turned dark pink and we were tired of them, they don't flower for 10 months of year either as they were supposed to do. They certainly looked good at their peek.

      Husband always moves larger/strong plants that way, been doing it for years :) it's easier, now eldest son does that way too :)

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  11. A great setback, which they fortunately realized in time for take the measures more timely.

    Kisses

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    1. No great possessions were lost thank goodness, all can be replaced.

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  12. Oh what a terrible thing to happen on Christmas Day and what a mess to clean up that really sucks.

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    1. Not good on Christmas Day Jo-Anne or any day for that matter. It's sad looking at the mess now, that's for sure.

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  13. A Christmas to remember. Unfortunately not in the positive sense.
    I'll share one with you...
    One Christmas my brothers and sister set the Christmas tree on fire. It burned down the front of the house

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    1. Certainly one for us to remember, and that was dreadful to happen to one of your brothers, must have been rather frightening at the time and lucky the whole house wasn't burnt to the ground.

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  14. Thank goodness your husband went over to check on things.
    Not a nice thing to happen at all.

    I watched the video and thought he's surely not going to remove the roses like that is he? He did!!!

    All the best Jan

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    1. It was just by chance he did go Jan, just one of those things.
      Yes, he did! Always removes larger/tougher plants that way.
      Last year he removed all the Agapanthus from out the back garden the same way.

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  15. Eventful but not the nicest of events.
    The weather has certainly been chaotic in Australia these last few days.
    Colin

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    1. Not a good thing is a flood, or a fire for that matter.
      Weird weather, and Melbourne had that flash flooding this afternoon a bit of a worry is our weather, we don't know what it will do next.

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  16. Well, that's one thing of getting rid a rose.

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  17. Hello Margaret,
    What a terrible story about that water.
    Lucky that by you all was well for the dinner. Nice to see your husband moved the flowers. An easy way..hihi...!!

    I wish you and your family all the luck and health for 2017!!

    Kind regards,
    Marco

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    1. Yes easy way with the roses to remove as they were so large being that type of rose.
      Thank you for the best wishes - and to you too.

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  18. Merry Christmas! Sorry about the flood - a story to tell in the least.

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  19. oh my! I hope you will get it fixed soon!

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    1. Yes it will be all repaired and replaced in the coming weeks.

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  20. So sorry to hear about the incident from water !!
    Happy New Year !!

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  21. What a mess, all that water. I hope you have recovered from all that work and are ready to enjoy a brand new year. Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    1. Oh yes, have recovered but it was a hot Christmas Day down here, but we survived - thanks :)
      Happy New Year to you too.

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  22. Oh, dear! That certainly isn't what one wants or needs to confront and deal with on Christmas Day....on any day, actually! How awful for them. I doubt I would've been able to go back to finishing of my holiday! :)

    I'm glad you ended up having a good time...when all of that was over.

    I hope 2017 treats you all more kindly. :)

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    1. My husband and I wondered how they could finished their holiday but life goes on and there was nothing they could do, we had done most of it.
      They can't live in the house as it is and won't be able to for awhile either.
      Happy New Year to you too.

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  23. We had a flood in the basement a few years ago. It was not any fun at all. It all worked out okay.
    Have a happy New Year.

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    1. Certainly not a good days entertainment, a flood in the house.
      Happy New Year to you too.

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  24. it is little hard to handle odd things specially on such special occasions yet glad that all turned out to be good at the end and you were able to have good time with your son's family .glad that you enjoyed your meals with your loved ones i believe they taste better with them !
    wishing you and your precious family a very Happy and Healthy new year dear friend !!!

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    1. Was a bit of a shock for the flood to happen Christmas Day - but no one was injured or even worse, so it's all ok.
      Happy New Year to you too.

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  25. Just what you need at Christmas, huh? No was hurt, however, and hopefully the insurance will kick in and fund most of the cost.

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    1. Main thing no one was hurt, that's the best thing when all said and done.
      Yes, insurance paying for everything that has been lost and damaged :)

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