When Dreams Turn Into Nightmares

A short post to say that my 'short' blog break will be turning into a rather longer one than anticipated. We went away for a break and within 24 hours the nightmare began.  Our home flooded when a radiator burst.  Our neighbour noticed water seeping through into her home.  Luckily I had left a key with a friend and she was able to get in and turn the water off.  Unfortunately, the damage had already been done.  The leak was upstairs, the water soaked the bedroom, and the living room below.  Do you remember a couple of months ago we finished decorating and re-furnishing all our furniture - well all that work is now ruined.

So we are effectively homeless.  As from Friday we are booked into a hotel but after Sunday we are not sure where we will be living.  The insurance company have been informed and are taking the situation in hand.  Everything is in a devasting mess, it is heartbreaking to see.

So you can understand my dilemma, blogging is the last thing on my mind.  Our friends and neighbours have been wonderful, we couldn't have managed without them.  I will try to give you the odd update when I can.  We feel like a pair of homeless refugees, living out of a suitcase, lots of tears and no sleep - the worry of it all.  Our world turned upside down in a matter of hours.  You sometimes wonder how you can carry on.



Comments

  1. Oh Elaine, that is dreadful news. Heartbreaking to see your lovely home in such a mess; I'm sure you are in shock still after discovering it.
    I hope that your insurers move fast to deal with the damage and restore your home and belongings. In the meantime, I wish you well in finding somewhere warm and comfortable to live while you gather your wits again and recover from the initial shock. (((((Elaine))))) xx

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  2. Oh, no Elaine how dreadful and how devastating for you and such a shock to come back and find all the mess. I do hope that your insurance company sort things out quickly so you can get on with clearing up. I also hope that you can find somehwere close to stay whilst you sort things out. Take care:)

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  3. It's the sort of thing you dread happening. Elaine, you will get through it and come out the other side although I can absolutely understand it may not feel that way at the moment. I hope the insurance company get things moving quickly for you. Take care x

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  4. Oh Elaine how dreadful for you. I'm so sorry to hear about this. Hope you can start to sort everything out soon x

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  5. Dear Elaine, it's really awful when things like that happen.
    Wishing you much strength and sending you big hugs.

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  6. Elaine, I have not been reading any blogs for quite some time.....and then the first post I read was your post here. So sorry to hear your news. Take a deep breath and continue to have strength.

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  7. I am so very sorry and hope that you soon have a plan to move forward.

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  8. Oh Elaine, I am so sorry. Water is so unforgiving, often leaving little to be salvaged or reclaimed. Hopefully some of the damage can be dried out and other replaced fresh and new. In the meantime, it is no fun being homeless and suffering the expense and stress of figuring things out. I do like what Rusty Duck writes, a glimmer of hope and encouragement. I'll be thinking of you.

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  9. That is one of my fears Elaine, living at one house a week then the other a week. What a terrible thing to happen. I am so sorry that you are going through it. Sounds crazy but look for the silver lining.

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  10. Oh God Elaine. What a bloody nightmare. You are still here and the house will mend. Chin up, and keep blogging even if only reading others on a tablet or a phone, it will help and might make you smile! Feel for you. Rachelx

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  11. Oh what a dreadful turn of events Elaine. It must be heartbreaking. Difficult days ahead but there will be a home to return to. Hang on in there and let us know what's happening when you can. Take care xxx

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  12. Oh my goodness Elaine .... how awful. What a terrible thing to have happened..... these things are sent to try us and I cannot imagine how you're feeling.... I can't believe that all of your decorating is ruined. I suppose all that I can say on a tiny positive note is that nobody died but that doesn't really help much.
    Hope that you can sort everything as quickly as possible and that the process won't be too traumatic. Sending much love to you both and am thinking of you. XXXX

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  13. Oh NO! What a dreadful thing to happen, I can imagine how traumatic it all is, especially not knowing where you will be staying, on that note, there is a spare bedroom and a lounge here and you are MOST welcome to stay if accommodation is an issue.Oh, what an awful shame about all that decorating being spoilt, I have my fingers crossed that the damage is limited and can be sorted out quickly and efficiently by the insurance company.
    I do feel for you both, what a horrible situation,keep in touch and let us know how things are going. I shall be thinking of you, my friend.xxxxxxx

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  14. So sorry to hear about your burst radiator and the damage it has done. I hope the insurance company will deal with things as soon as possible and that you can return to your home again. Thinking of you in your dilemma.

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  15. I am so sorry that you have had a radiator burst. I do hope the insurance company will get things moving along for you. Thinking of you at this really difficult time.

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  16. I immediately thought of all your recent work. How horrible. I'm so sorry to hear this very distressing news. I hope your Loss Adjustor is efficient and sympathetic.

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  17. My heartfelt sympathies. Flighty xx

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  18. I am so sorry to read this, it must be devasting for you. I hope the insurance company move swiftly and that it won't be long before you're back in your beautiful home again. X

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  19. Oh Elaine I'm so sorry for you, this must be horrible. I remembered you were so proud on your refurbished living room, and now this....
    I really hope it does not take long you can go home again and all will be spic and span again. I'll be thinking of you.
    Hugs, Janneke

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  20. Elaine, my heart goes out to you. Such random devastation after all your hard work. I've had water damage twice so I can sympathize.

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  21. Oh no, that's absolutely awful! Thank goodness you had insurance. I'm so sorry for your trial, I hope everything can be sorted quickly and you can return home. (((Many warm hugs))) and much sympathy.

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  22. So sorry to hear this Elaine. May the news be better for you soon.

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  23. Oh my goodness. So sorry to hear of this. Sending you good energy, as you work your way through the mess. I look forward to those updates now and then.

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  24. Elaine Elaine Elaine! I'm so sorry to hear this news. The most you can do is the next step before you. Hoping things get sorted and you are able to be back in your cozy home soon.

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  25. So very sorry for you. I hope that you can sort things out with the insurance company and get the repair work underway very soon. Thank goodness for your neighbours helping out when they noticed the problem. Hugs and all good thoughts to you! xx

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  26. So sorry to hear this. I hope the insurance comes through for you.

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  27. That is the most awful thing to have happened. I do feel for you. To have your home ruined and such uncertainty about when you will be back there. Take care of yourself and be strong.

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  28. Poor you, that is awful. Some friends of ours had just installed a very expensive central heating system when they went away for two days. For some reason they turned the heating off, and a sharp frost burst most of the pipes and the lovely cast iron radiators. The insurance people refused to pay-up, and they had no more money to replace it. I feel for you.

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  29. My thoughts and sympathy are with you, not an enviable situation at all. (understatement of the year!)

    But you must think positive (yes, easier said than done!) sending good and positive thoughts your way.

    It WILL be sorted and life will return to normal.

    Take Care - God Bless

    All the best Jan

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  30. Oh, Elaine - what misfortune! I feel so sorry for you - the horror of having a home flooded, and then, added, to think that you just had decorated it before! I hope that the insurance company and the craftsmen will work well and soon help you to clear the outer turmoil - the inner disturbances of peace will need more time to heal! Keep san.

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  31. So sorry to hear the news, hope you get sorted soon.
    Amanda xx

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  32. Oh my sweet friend I am terribly sorry about your home. My heart is with you. Will be "looking up" for you. Please let us know how you are doing. Sending you a big hug.

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  33. very sorry for you Elaine. Hope it gets sorted soon x

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  34. What a devastating turn of events when you had recently redecorated and had everything so lovely. Not fair, at all!! You must be in a state of disbelief. I am so sorry you are having to deal with this and wish you strength to carry on.

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  35. That is absolutely horrible! I hope everything works out for the best.

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  36. Dear Elaine I am resending you the lovely and wise message you so recently sent to me....'You just have to keep going, don't you..your good health is everything..and Keep your chin up' May this help you the way it helped me. Freda x

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  37. Oh Elaine I was so sad to hear your news, it must be heart breaking especially after all the work you have been doing on your home. I do hope that you are able to find somewhere to live. I hope that you won't have a long drawn out process before everything can be sorted out.thinking of you. Sarah x

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  38. That's terrible news Elaine, after all the work you have done. I hope you can sort somewhere to stay soon and you can start sorting out how to get back to normal. Stay positive, thinking of you.

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