Tuesday, January 29, 2013

After the rain: Update



No matter where you are reading this, your news service has probably informed you about what's left of Cyclone Oswald and its effects on the eastern coast of Australia.

Here in Brisbane, the sun is shining now, and we've had one flood peak with another to come. This flood is not as bad for us here as the last one in 2011 and we personally have no worries about being inundated.

This time, rather than falling in the dams and river catchment areas, a lot more rain was dumped locally and we have a wall which sprang a leak in one room. (Still not sure exactly what the problem is).



Luckily for me, the room is not my studio, but no so luckily for my husband, it is his music studio. The carpet, which was absolutely sodden is filling our place with its stench, as it begins to dry. The feet and lower shelves of his many bookcases were also soaked. Not being family heirlooms, but modern chipboard pieces, they are bloating and warping. But happily, there are no losses of things he really cared about, like vintage or newer guitars, guitar effects, or any of those mysterious boxes with all those knobs for a-twiddlin'.




Example of box with knobs for a-twiddling


So all-in-all, apart from the smell, there isn't much to complain about. Normal art/book-related posts resuming soon!

P.S. Did I mention the smell?

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  1. Oh dear. All those twiddle-boxes...so pleased they were not drenched. Ditto, your studio.
    Smelly carpet-ugh!

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    1. Oh it is ripe! but we are slowly ripping it up and putting it outside for the council collection.

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  2. lots and lots of wet for you eh? pleased to hear you're not underwater typing this (because that could be very dangerous to your health eh!)

    we only got the tail end of things - a very nice, sedate, sweet, welcomed steady overnight fall.... hallelujah!

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    1. Time you got some lovely rain ronnie. Glad it's turning out well for you, down there.

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  3. Australia is so passionate about its weather it seems! From one extreme to another over there. I certainly have been thinking about you. I'm glad to hear that it wasn't worse.

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts Nancy. I thought a few people might be wondering, which is why I wrote this post.

      As for extreme weather, yes , well, generally Australians are known for being pretty laid-back, so maybe droughts, bushfires and floods are needed to get us moving!

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  4. It sounds like quite a lot of damage, sorry for that. I know many areas in Australia are far worse off, the newsreels are impressive. It's good to know that you can cope with the problem, I hope everything is back to normal soon. Perfumed hugs to you.

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    1. Oh! that's lovely! Thanks Ersi. Yes it is distressing to see what has been happening, with fires first, and now floods.

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  5. Hi Amanda,

    hope the smell has abated now the carpet is up. Glad to hear there was no great damage. Do you have to replace the bookshelves as well as the carpet? Must be a drain on your energies.

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    1. Hi Rob, Well the smell is not so much gone, as changed. The totally unbearable " stinky sandshoe" smell has gone with the carpet out, but the insurance assessor found the dampness in the room is still 90% (he used some special device). As a result the smell of mould spores is pretty bad. And pretty scarey. Mould can be nasty health-wise. It means absolutely everything has to come out of the room (sigh) and yes the bookcases will be replaced. It looks as if our insurance will pay, but the moisture level has to be down to 10% before anything new can go in. Not sure how long that will take....especially as it just started raining again.

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  6. Ugh. Glad there was no irreplaceable damage, but, still, I hope this isn't going to be too costly for you! Rot is not a nice thing to have.

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    1. Hi Ellen, thanks! Yes we are lucky not to lose anything precious, although mould is still a risk. Fingers crossed that between our contents insurance and the body corporate building insurance we won't be too out of pocket. It is all a bit stressful but still small biccies compared to the losses some people have experienced.

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