Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thanks


After some heavy rain last night to wash away the dust and mud, our neighbourhood looks like a different place to last week.


We'll always remember those who came and helped, devoting their days off, money and energy into getting us back on track. Even Kev came back to see how we'd recovered and he lay on a breakfast BBQ in our once green and pleasant local park. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and the British Foreign minister William Hague turned up too.  Our local councillor Helen Abrahams, who has been working like a trojan in our area, didn't really get much of a look-in. And of course, there were plenty of representatitves from the media.


We're not back home yet but we are looking good. Talk amongst our refugee household has turned towards electricians, plumbers, plasterers and painters.
And the good will continues - a friend's son has offered to paint our walls for free!  


19 comments:

Mark said...

We were also very grateful for last nights thunderstorm as the mud on lawns, trees and also the terrible smell has gone.
Your experiences go from one extreme to the other, your blog has been amazing, keep strong and positive.

Ann said...

Its a credit to everyone how quickly and (so far) smoothly this is being sorted. Were you insured? This quibbling over the meaning of flood is disgusting (though not surprising).

cara said...

Ah yes! Insurance! Well we had our contents insurance with Suncorp so we are covered for the stuff that we brought with us to the unit, including the floating floor we had just laid! Unfortunately the body corporate buildings insurance doesn't cover floods. I am hearing that no bodies corporate in flood-prone areas of Brisbane can get flood insurance so we'll have to do the kitchen, walls and the wardrobes ourselves as well as any communal areas and (god forbid) structural damage to the building.

diane b said...

Great posts of the flood and your experience. It must have been horrible for you. Glad that you had helpers but the future looks like a hard road to tread.

observer said...

i heard William Hague on the radio. he sounded like he was from the 1950s

Brissiemum2 said...

I saw that bbq on Channel 9, I think!

And I just love that sign! What a lovely touch from people who have been through so much!

PJ said...

Glad to hear things are getting better. Your pics have been amazing. Take care x

Julie said...

The insurance issue is a tangled mess, I agree. I can see the issues from both sides. I don't know how it will play out, either on this occasion or on a future occasion.

I agree, that you images have been thoroughly engrossing.

Taa ...

Gerry Butler said...

Hi from SA your posts have been amazing. We raised $200k for you tonight at the soccer. Sorry we thrashed NQF in the process. Keep the chin up.:)

cara said...

Wow that's amazing Gerry. Thankyou. The generosity of others throughout this mess has been overwhelming.

Lauren in London said...

I am so excited! That is my sign (the second one) and you've also captured me standing behind my mailboxes on Orleigh St!

I think I remember you taking this. That was me and my neighbour commiserating... sadly he owns 2 properties on Orleigh St. I understand the one he lives in was quite badly damaged.

Thanks for posting my sign on your blog - the more people who see it the better. There were so many strangers who helped us clean up on the Friday after the flood and I was so busy and focused I never thought to ask them for their contact details. So I hoped some of them would at least see the sign and know we were so grateful.

cara said...

I love it when things like this happen! Next time I see you I'll say hi :-)

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