Hello everyone. I’m sure some of you have given up on me by now and think that the world has swallowed me up or something………. I’m so sorry to have stayed away for so long, but I have a good reason.
So there we were – enjoying a relaxing holiday when late at night on the 28th of December we got a call from our neighbour to say that something was going on at our house. The alarm had been going off for a few hours and no-one was able to switch it off. So my hubby and his eldest daughter climbed in the car and set off home (luckily it’s only an hour’s drive). When he opened the door he was greeting by a 20cm “wall” of water pouring out the door……….. a pipe from the solar panel to the geyser had burst in the ceiling and we surmise the water had been running / gushing for a few hours already (the alarm was only triggered when the back up power source shorted thanks to the rising water). What could he do? Switched off the water mains and came back to Pringle Bay with news of a disaster. And so it began……….
As you know – in South Africa over Christmas / New Year EVERYONE shuts down – plumbers too!!!! The insurance assessors came out the next day and the following day the moisture extraction crew arrived – with about a gazillion big machines and fans (oh yes – I forgot to mention we have a basement level in the house with a big TV lounge and wine cellar – and guess where a lot of the water went….). They pulled all the carpeting out downstairs and in the entire passage and 2 rooms where most of the damage occurred and got the machines running. These NOISY things then ran for 2 WEEKS – 24 HOURS a day non-stop!!!!! Try living in that – compounded by walking around on bare concrete as cupboards get removed, furniture gets taken away and subsequently written off, entire ceilings then get removed (along with all the awful insulation material that comes drifting down and settles EVERYWHERE!!!). And everything that can be salvaged gets crammed into the rest of the house…………. So not fun!!!
About 3 weeks later when all the builders get back from annual holiday the construction work and painting begins………… and takes another 3 weeks!!! Finally you think you’re in heaven when you get carpets back underfoot, and you start to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Then the cupboards get installed, and the new furniture starts to arrive. It starts to feel like home again!!!!!! And what’s still to happen? Curtains need to go up again - and OH YES – the kitchen concrete floor which now had water damage under the seal needs to be resurfaced and you won’t have access for a week – the whole of next week to be precise!!! Such joy!!
And during all of this long process your office space (which is already crammed with overflow stuff) also has the only access point into the ceiling where the electricians and plumbers need to work. So sheets get draped and you hide away in your bedroom (which is thankfully unscathed), or you sit at the diningroom table, with dust settling around you, and you try to get a bit of sewing done. AND – you run away a lot to friends and coffee shops………………. And you wish for peace and calm and a normal house again!!!!!
BUT – there is some good news! The insurance have been fantastic!! I had some changes planned to 2 rooms which happened to be the 2 rooms worst hit, so we have been able to make these utilising the insurance cover. So – I keep reminding myself about hidden silver linings. And we’ve survived!!!!!! I managed to start attacking my office properly this week and right now I am sitting at my desk again and feeling somewhat normal. Small blessings!! (A young man of 21 reminded me the other day that these have all been “First World Problems” and I know he is right. We have so much to be grateful for.).
So – moving on to 2014!!! I have more, much happier news to share with you on Monday. There will be some changes happening at Paperpeony in the coming year (some of which will evolve as the year unfolds). From here on out it’s going to be a good year!!!!
Thank you all for sticking around, and for all the little messages that have been coming through in the past few weeks. I appreciate all the support and friendship!!
Much love xxx