Over the past few months our life has been pared down to bare necessities. No curtains or blinds at the windows; no carpets or rugs on the floor; no pictures on the walls; no ornaments or nick-nacks for decoration. Just four bare walls and somewhere to sit in the evenings. You sort of get used to it.
Everything that was in the room has been packed and stacked - minimal living, though not by choice. Now that all the restoration work is almost complete we are beginning to try and get some sort of order back in our lives. But it does make you wonder just how much 'stuff' you actually need to live a comfortable life.
We have not really needed anything that has been packed away. The question now, is, as we gradually unpack the boxes - is it worth filling all the cupboards and shelves with the things we haven't really missed, should we just keep the useful and beautiful and get rid of the rest. I am opting for the latter - whether I can do it or not is another matter.
We have begun to hang the pictures and already it feels different. A vase of flowers on the mantle; new shades on the lamps (the others were water damaged, in fact, everything was water damaged) and already it is beginning to feel more like home. With the window blinds re-hung it is sounding less echoey in the main room and the replacement carpets and curtains will be the finishing touch.
So this will be my last post on the subject. Thank you for bearing with me during this period of unrest in my life - I wouldn't wish a flooded house on anyone - it turns your life upsidedown. Yesterday two men turned up to replace the windows where water had soaked through the double glazing and for some reason we were inordinately happy about this - it's the little things that keep you going. In the big scheme of things it wasn't life-threatening or anything - it was just stuff that was damaged and that can all be replaced - but I wouldn't want to go through it all again - no siree bob!
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This is the culprit that started it all whilst we were away.
The radiator was only two years old!
You can see the tide mark of the water level in the bedroom.
This is what we found on our return
water still dripping through the ceiling
Plaster removed from walls to speed up the drying process and ceiling replacedTo This ~
I have written this post as an aide memoir so that in years to come husband and I can look back and say "remember when we had the flood - what a nightmare".