Sunday, 23 December 2012

Floods in the South West of England a few days before Christmas

Frankie de tabby and our kitchen Christmas Tree.
It seems such a  long time ago since we were last here.  As most know who visit Soggibottom's blog, the blog is better known for it's photographs rather than too many words.
Although we never have a shortage of words at Soggibottom cottage, we always love showing photo's on here. Although, there have been some very choice words over the last few months.
No good singing rain, rain go away, that doesn't work, the rain keeps coming.

Tonight, a few days before Christmas the South West of England has red flood warnings.  There are 190 flood warnings through out England and Wales.

 If the water looks deep, too deep to drive through, it probably is, don't drive through it.....
Sandbags help to protect your home, but only up to a point... as for our new flood gate..... Ours and our neighbour's.

They have yet to be tested. We really don't want to put them to the test.

Our lap top's internal workings.
We have been blogging since 2007 on this laptop, it won't be having such a great Christmas this year.
Mark officially pronounced it a gonna this afternoon. AH !

Many thanks to our daughter in law Becca for lending us her laptop. Also to Mark, for making it easier for us to find all our photo's, so we can blog again. Aren't kids great !

All is not entirely lost ref a new lap top, somewhere in the post a few days after Christmas there is a parcel heading our way. Paws up Freya.
Will the new lap top sing and dance... ?
When all said and done, stuff is only stuff....

All in all the last few months have been a real dog's dinner, not just for us, but for all those that have had their homes and lives turned up side down by water.
Molly the Wally really did have the right idea when she included this mat in Freya's Christmas parcel swap.
There are so many people to thank.
Highlights over the months of drying out the cottage and then trying to put it back together again, people's kindness, in giving not only their time, but their understanding.

We never thought for one moment Soggibottom would be put back in time for Christmas Day. The very first Christmas Day we spent here in the cottage, it snowed, the magic of snow on Christmas day. So different from this year, when it will probably rain and we will be on flood watch. 
To all those that have had their homes and lives changed by the recent floods, take heart guys. It's hard work, but it all goes back. Not quite as it was or as you might expect, but stuff is only stuff. Lives and paws are more important.

Freya has been so spoilt for parcels, she now automatically raises her paw when the postman calls.
Is that paw high ? She tries to get away with a token of raising her paw just an inch from the floor. 
One parcel Freya had a few weeks ago was from Molly the Wally. Freya's Christmas parcel exchange on  CATFLAP CAVALIER. WOW... Freya is still chomping her way through all the goodies.

Reading her way (with help) through a beautiful dogie cookbook......  Recipes to follow in the New Year on Freya and Frankie de tabby's Catflap Cavalier. What is the good of having something good if you can't share it..

So much more to blog, we might not have been able to show photo's over the last few weeks, but we have still been snapping. So many to thank and so much to yet blog.
Now, where is that button that takes us back to all of our photo's ?
On flood watch so have to go.. the button will still be there in the morning........
In case it isn't. Have a magical Christmas....... Thank you for every single card, parcel and good thought.... we will be back.....  x x x


Lynda (Granny K) said...

Hoping you stay dry folks! Keeping everything crossed for you to have a wonderful, dry Christmas and New Year.

Lots of love, Lynda xx

Tweedles -- that's me said...

You are all constantly on our minds.
Your just like family and we love reading every post you do. Of course we cringe when we hear the words rain, or flood or sick computers.
We are keeping our paws crossed that everything stays "well behaved" (the bad floods) and that you will be able to feel the Christmas spirit.
Someday a package will come to you from our side of the world. Right now it is between you and us.

WoolenSails said...

I hope the floods stay away this time, enough is enough. I have noticed a lot of wet areas lately, seems like more rain and we will be getting floods again, luckily our house in a dry area.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.


Caroline B said...

So glad to see a dry and furnished house for Christmas - hopefully the floods will stay away. At least you are totally prepared, as best you can be anyway.

It's probably best your computer is broken in order to keep Frank away from it - I hear he's been getting himself into a little online trouble....

Have a great Christmas!

Unknown said...

Stay dry and warm this holiday. We really hope the rains slows down and there is no more flooding.
To all the family
Have a very merry Christmas
A happy holiday
& a happy new year.
Have a super Sunday.
Best wishes Molly

WendyCarole said...

hope you don't have to test the floodgate.
Happy Christmas to you all. xx

Molly the Airedale said...

We hope that 2013 is a much dryer year for you! It's gotta be, right?! Merry Christmas!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Anonymous said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope it's a dry one.

All my love

Allie said...

A thought about the flooding - even if you don't think the water is that deep, you don't know if the road underneath has been washed away or not. There could be a huge hole under there! It's happened here lots. Stay safe and turn around!
I'm happy to see Freya being spoiled. And to see the new flood gate. Praying for dry for you and wet for me!