Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Evacuation of theoldboathouse at The Cottage Garden Nursery East Brisbane

                         Firstly thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on my last post. Knowing that people from all over the world are thinking of us and have our State of Queensland in their thoughts is so appreciated. Well we have not long finished clearing out most of The Cottage Garden Nursery in East Brisbane in preparation for the rising waters. We didn't fuss, it all got loaded onto the back of the ute and is now under our house. With each return home trip we watched as water slowly crept further across the roads and on our last trip the police were out in one spot as the roads were cut in part of Norman Park.
The boys worked really hard helping us. Note the sun in the sky that has finally started to shine almost taunting us and making us feel perhaps the rising waters will be all a bad dream.
                          John continued making coffees for everyone and for East Brisbane regulars that came into the Garden Centre. I said to him he reminded me of the musicians on the Titanic who continued to play as the ship was sinking.
                              Emptying out the Antiques room. People walking past on the footpath kept asking if they could help and it was surprising how such a simple gesture can lift your spirits and spur you on.
                       We have had to leave some shelving behind but my space looks so sad all empty.
             John, the other half of the lovely Bev in his nearly empty space at the centre.
                           More empty shelves.
                                I left my life ring as it is up high and it is my lucky charm to watch over the Garden Centre. Hopefully The Woolloongabba Antique Centre will hold too. Good luck Brisbane our thoughts are with all those in the flood path....see you on the otherside of all this...xxxx Katherine and Kristen theoldboathouse.


  1. Hello Katherine Love....!

    I'm so HAPPY to hear you're AOK....I'm running behind unfortunately & would have sent my thoughts sooner if I'd had my wits about me....!!!!!

    I feel terrible for everyone up there isolated by flood waters or waiting for assistance after losing homes....It's just not fair sometimes is it....!

    Warm DRY hugs from Victoria,
    Tamarah xxx

  2. Hey Katherine, ta for your thoughts. We're all good and i'm relieved to see you're ok too. Get those collectibles to high ground sister. I'm around today too, so if you need a hand, please give me a shout. Liz x

  3. All the best! We have had to do the same this morning! It's the clean-up that we are dreading the most! Tracey xx

  4. Glad you got to move most of your stock, lets hope the damage isn't too bad. Thinking of you! ;-)

  5. thinking of you guys...stay high and dry and most of all SAFE. Mel xx
    (ps irrelevant but gorgeous stripey awning there, just like mine, little things can brighten the day at present)

  6. Just glad you guys got a bit of notice, not like the poor folks in Toowoomba.
    Thinking of you and all you're going through!

  7. Thinking of you and so glad you got to empty your space....the life bouy seems ironic..hopefully it brings some luck..Take care Kym X

  8. You poor dear souls. People do come together in times like these don't they! Much love and hugs from the other side of the world.

  9. Oh Katherine..Glad you have evacuated & all should be okay your way..

    My 23 yo son is in Brisbane re his 7 week internship...lasted HALF a day/evacuated & not knowing when he will be able to go back to work..

    I have been watching it all day on the absolutely devastating..
    Not quite like our bushfires a few years ago as that was ONE big horrible scenario which took place in a few hours..

    This flooding can at least?? give some brisbaneites?? a chance to know what is coming & clear out/evacuate..

    Horrid times in this wonderful country..& STILL raining in Melbourne after 12 years of draught..
    I cannot figure it out.....But that is what weather does!!~~

    take care sweetheart...xxxx andrea

  10. I'm glad you got your place cleared, now get yourself up to higher ground and keep safe xxx

  11. Hi Katherine, its good to know it is all safe and dry. Take care, Tamara

  12. I hope you are all safe, we are trapped up the sunshine coast while everything is flooding in Ipswich. Glad to see you got everything out, hopefully it won't flood.

  13. It is such a tragedy. At least you were able to move your stuff out, Katherine. The clean-up is just going to be awful too. xx

  14. Goodness Katherine
    thinking about you right now.. seems inconceivable doesn't it that a major city could be affected like this... Well you just filled your new space and now had to take it all out.. but I'm sure you are glad that your home is safe and all your family..

    wish I could be there to help you... my heart goes out to all affected by the flooding.. Take care dear Katherine.. glad you are ok.. xxx Julie

  15. I want to add my voice to the many others wishing you safety ... please be careful. We care.

  16. Oh good luck, the life bouy was a bit of a giggle, we're thinking of you all, it's devestating & simple horrible. Love Posie

  17. That is a relief your stock are safe and dry. I am not looking forward to waking up tomorrow to see how Brisbane has fared. Be safe.

  18. Good luck girls, hope this passes quickly and we can all get back to living under sunny tropical skies again soon.

  19. Watching and crossing fingers, toes and every other extremity. Thinking of you all and being amazed by the absolute resilience and good humour of you guys. Take care and stay safe :)

  20. I've been thinking of you today and I am so glad that you managed to get most of your stock out so as to try and minimise the impact on your business. Thoughts are with you in the days and weeks ahead.

  21. Been thinking about you here as we hear the news reports. I'm so happy that you were able to remove most of your stock and will pray that the building doesn't take a soaking so that you can get back in quickly...


  22. Thinking of you this morning as the river peaked - so pleased you got everything out, and hoping it all recedes quickly and you can get back in and resume your lives. Our thoughts with you and everyone in Brissie, Cheers x

  23. I hope you are all ok.Glad you were able to remove your stock ahead of time.This is unbelievable..xx

  24. Hey you, glad to hear you managed to get your treasures out. The life ring is a bittersweet touch. I still cant believe all this is happening. Thinking of you guys.

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