Wednesday, 7 April 2010

After the Flood

the clean up continues....

As suspected my car has been written off. Since it is only panel damage (albeit A LOT of panel damage) I have been able to drive around for the past two weeks but now I have to hand it in by Saturday. I don't know when my replacement car will turn up. I hope it won't be too long. We don't know what will happen with my fella's car. It is pretty badly damaged too but we are not even dealing with it until we know what is happening with mine. If you've ever been to Perth you'll know how hard it is to get about without a car.

The house is still a disaster area. We have two holes in the roof and it is a constant battle with my strata manager to get anything done about it. Everyone else in the complex got their skylights fixed yesterday but, since we had the worst damage of anyone, we are on a special priority work order - which we have heard nothing about yet! I suspect we are not being told the truth but there is nothing we can do. Strange how you can own a property but still have no rights over what happens with the building (and pay exorbitant fees every quarter nonetheless). Every day we pray that the wind doesn't pick up and there is no more rain.

Thankfully most of our furniture survived so we have chairs to sit on and a table to eat at. We did lose all of our bookcases, but our contents insurance should cover that. We had to pull up all of the carpet and have now been quoted for replacement flooring. On the bright side, the hideous carpet turned out to be quite expensive so we should be able to replace it with a nice laminate which will be a lot easier to care for - as long as there isn't a flood ;).

However, we can't replace the flooring or furniture until the roof is sorted. I am just so exhausted from constantly being on hold with insurance companies, not to mention the pressure it is putting on my workload. This was already a busy time for me and now it's even busier due to the time I have had to take off. Never have I needed my creative escape more, but I can't get into the room to iron clothes for work let alone do any sewing but, as they say, this too shall pass.

Usually the Easter long weekend is a massive sew-fest for me and I was really looking forward to it this year, having prepared something like 18 metres of fabric for cutting the day before the flood. Autumn/winter is coming, my favourite part of the sewing year, I hope I don't miss it entirely. This year my fella and I spent the entire long weekend painting the lounge/dining/kitchen areas of the house - hard work but it looks great now and it has helped us to start to put it all behind us. We just pretend we are camping - except the kind of camping that I would like, indoors and with proper bathroom facilities!

Sorry readers, please bear with me. I will be sewing again as soon as humanly possible...


harbourmaster said...

That sounds like a NIGHTMARE, I'm so sorry you have to deal with all that stress! Ugghhhh strata managers are THE WORST. I can't believe yours is the only one not fixed yet! Thinking of you & P. x

Ps. Good riddance to bad carpet! Got the stuff in our bedrooms replaced with floating floor and it makes me so happy every time I look at it!

RuthieK said...

Oh no! How frustrating. Let's hope it gets resolved soon.

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