Wednesday, 11 September 2013



      Well !! If things do come to try us I think we are all tried out. Friday last week brought us bad news and a flood. We where sat having a cuppa about 3pm when the rain started to come down heavier than what it was doing. Hubby got up to look out the window at the river running down the front street and commented how bad it was and the rubbish it was bringing with it. He then looked out the back kitchen window and saw that we had a waterfall running down the steps onto the garden bringing the slate and gravel that makes up the path with it. We went out to make sure the drains where not bunged up with gravel but they just could not take the amount of water that was coming down. Living at the bottom of a steep hill we get a lot of water in our garden but it usually manages to drain away. We lifted the manhole cover that is in one part of the garden to help but it was coming down so fast it wasn't doing any good. I went down into our cellar which is our utility room and the men's work shop, and stepped into water, I had gone down to get some tools to help with other drain covers. By the time we had lifted the covers and got back down stairs the cellar was knee high and rising, it was pouring in through a hole in the wall which we didn't know was there behind a pipe. The drains just could not cope with the amount of water there was coming down. By 345pm we had to phone the fire brigade to come and pump us out it was awful no amount of bailing out with buckets was going to do the job more was coming in than was going out and my boot was full. They where fantastic and we will never be able to thank them enough for their help. We have managed to dry and clean the cellar thank god it was just dirty water and not sewage that came in. Lots of things in the cellar where OK but I had boxes of stuff for the car boot fairs that I had sorted out  and going to sell next year which have had to be sorted and most thrown away. We have said more than once that we feel very lucky that it was the cellar and not the sitting room and kitchen that got flooded even though it is bad enough the cellar.
 In the middle of the drama of the flood my Mum phoned to tell me that my cousin had died. We had been expecting the news as she had been very poorly in hospital so it was only a matter of time bless her. Janice had cancer and was such a very brave person while she was poorly and through out her life really as she had suffered with ill health on a number of occasions, some people do suffer and she is one of them and she really did not deserve it such a quite lady would never have said boo to a goose or called anybody she really was a sweet pure lady and only 61 yrs old.
  My appointment with the consultant for my leg only brought me more stress as I have to have the boot on for a few weeks more !!!! I have to have intense physiotherapy as the doc put it, and that will wean me off the boot. I cannot wait to take it off for the last time and throw the thing in the bin,
all I want to do is walk around normal, go out in the woods and touch the trees and feel the fresh air and wind blow through my hair, it all sounds normal but when you have not had a walk all summer it is a dream, but when I think of poor Janice its nothing is it. I have been patient with it up to now for 6 and a half weeks so a few weeks more will be nothing I suppose, I will have freedom one day !!
   Sorry to moan to you all, you are all good listeners and I'm thank full that you are there. I am just hoping that with the run of bad things that have come our way this last 11 mths it is all over now and that things can only get better, I don't  think I have any tears left in me now. Love Jill xx


  1. Oh poor you, what a horrible time you have had lately. I hope things will turn around now and you will have some good news and happy times, you deserve it xx

  2. Oh Jill I am so sorry it must have been very scary watching the water rising in your home, very sad to hear about your loss...
    lets hope the happy times are ahead of you now.
    Thinking of you my friend
    Thea xx

  3. The thing with blogging is that you can write it all down and feel a bit better afterwards.
    I have a saying 'Everything passes' and its true. No matter what is thrown at you it can't last for ever.
    I do feel sorry for you though and the boot must have been the last straw, it would have been for me. Its especially trying if you love to walk in the woods etc.
    Keep your chin up, things will improve.
    Lots of hugs

  4. I'm so sorry to hear of your sad loss and the trauma with the flooding, it must be heartbreaking when something like that happens. At least it wasn't sewage that flooded your cellar.
    I really hope that your boot can be consigned to the bin very soon so that you can get out into the woods again and enjoy the solace that the natural world brings.

  5. One feels so helpless when the forces of nature go awry. We have to keep poking at the storm drain outside when there is a downpour and the utility side of the basement can get very wet. At my daughter's house a mile down the road the basement is always sloshing.
    Such happenings are utterly discouraging, especially when other things are trying one's stamina. I hope things sort out for you--surely life will seem better when you can have the wretched boot removed!

  6. Oh Jilly - I've been in exactly the same situation as you - with our flood it was a burst water main and I lost a freezer full of food from our cellar - we pumped out the water and we were then re flooded when the water board turned up to fix the mains and turned the water back on to see where it was leaking from!! We flooded for the third time with the next heavy downpour because the water was still in the ground around the cellar walls so it poured in again! We now have a pump fitted into the floor of the cellar which kicks into life at the first sign of water and pumps it out into the rear garden - so sorry to hear your sad news and hope that your foot improves quickly for you- take care hugs xxx

  7. These times will pass, the boot will come off as you said. It just seems at times that things can be overwhelming. This is a sign you need some nurturing, do something for yourself my dear. Xxx

  8. They say bad things come in 3's, so you've had your 3 bad things come your way so feel safe that all will be uphill (pardon the pun!) from hereon in. Your foot will heal, the cellar will dry, and your poor cousin is no longer in pain. So chin up, friend! It will all pass...I so wish I could be there to give you a hug. XXX

  9. Oh jill! Do take care, wish I could wave my wand and get things back to normal for you :(

    K x

  10. Thank you all so much for your kind comments and support it all means so much to me (tears streaming down face.)Just where would I be without my blogging friends. Sending lots of love and hugs to you all. Love Jill xxxxxx

  11. Oh Jill so so sorry to read this. We saw devestation in the village but thankfully our house is built quite high. Have been busy with stuff I will chat to you about when I come over once I get my car brakes sorted. xx

  12. Poor you Jill - I do feel for you. But, as you say, there is always someone worse than you are - I always try to think that. I was to have an op on my ankle, now the consultant says that is a last ditch stand and we must try other things first. It hurts like mad but then I hear of your troubles and of the death of your dear cousin and it helps me to bear it all and think good thoughts. Hope things get better for you soon.

  13. Such a sad time for you all, hope things et better for you soon.

  14. oh jill what a dreadful sad time you are having *hugs*
    so sorry for your loss xoxoxox

  15. Jill so sorry you are having a hard time at the moment. Sending love and hugs your way.XX