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What a Week

We are safe and dry, but cut off by floodwater.  We managed to bury my father on Sunday and to hold a very beautiful funeral in the midst of flooding rain moments before becoming isolated.

I feel very lucky.

We have our own tank water, and there’s plenty of it, so there’s no need to fear lack of clean drinking water.  We have  plenty of firewood.  We have stand alone solar power, so although there is a severe lack of sun, if we are frugal with it we have power and no risk of it being cut. Although the garden is sad and sodden, there is enough food in it that we could survive for weeks (and then we’d have to start eating the bush turkeys – I’ve been waiting for a good reason to eat them!) Best, and most important of all, we have CB radio contact with all our neighbours so  there is help available for large emergencies like an accident, or small ones like running out of chocolate.

We’ll just sit tight and think of it as a dress rehearsal.

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  • Frogdancer January 12, 2011, 12:17 pm

    Ahhh…. the serenity….

    Good luck and stay safe.

  • dixiebelle January 12, 2011, 1:58 pm

    I tried to leave a message a couple of time to say I am sorry for your fathers death. I am glad you got to have his funeral and got to reflect on his life.

    I am so glad you are OK, and are doing well depsite being flooded in. Hope you manage OK until it starts to settle, and thinking of everyone in your community too…

  • Inner Pickle January 12, 2011, 2:48 pm

    wow. I’m very sorry to hear about your Dad. But goodness you’re a wonderful case for self sufficiency. Awesome work. Hope you’re high and dry!

  • Julie January 12, 2011, 3:48 pm

    I’ve also tried to leave a comment in your last post but it didn’t want to work – my sympathy & condolences on the passing of your father. I’m so glas you were all able to say your goodbyes before the rain did it’s worst. Here’s to tank water, solar power & chocolate stashes…

  • Christine January 12, 2011, 5:36 pm

    I was so sorry to read of your loss, Linda. Thinking of you and very glad to hear you are safe and dry. Keep well – I hope the flood waters clear soon.

  • Gavin January 12, 2011, 8:58 pm

    My condolences Linda on your Fathers passing. It was a wonderful website you had set up for him, so that other could remember what a big life he had.

    Great to hear that you are safe and away from trouble, and yes, a good dress rehearsal indeed! I think I will have to go out and get myself a CB radio!

  • tricia January 12, 2011, 9:13 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your father Linda. I imagine you are proud that he was obviosly respected and loved.

    I’m so pleased you are safe and sound and so well prepared. Good luck catching the Turkey’s and enjoy the break from the outside world. You’ve reminded me to top up the chocolate in our emergency kit. Take care, Tricia x

  • Pam January 12, 2011, 11:15 pm

    I haven’t dropped by in quite a while I’m sorry Linda. But I’m very sorry to hear the news of your father’s passing, but very glad to hear you are safe. All the best to you. x

  • Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial January 13, 2011, 8:11 am

    What a week you’ve had! Our deepest condolences on your loss, Linda. Hopefully the waters will recede soon. Yes, wise words, this is indeed a trial run.

  • Anne January 13, 2011, 8:15 am

    So sorry to hear of your father’s death Linda and pleased to know you were able to have the funeral despite the weather. These floods are certainly cause for thought regarding self sufficency and preparedness aren’t they. Be kind to yourself duing this time.

  • nadeeka January 13, 2011, 8:22 am

    Dear Linda – all my best wishes coming your way. Glad you were able to say good bye to your father properly. Glad you have fire wood, veggies an’ all. Stay safe. Keep writing 🙂

  • Linda January 13, 2011, 9:37 am

    Thank you so much everyone for your wishes. Suddenly the concept of an internet “community” has become real for me.

  • Fiona January 13, 2011, 12:16 pm

    Please accept my deepest condolences Linda.
    Have been wondering how the floods are affecting you. Pleased to hear you’re dry and safe. We too, have been rejoicing in our own produce as the store shelves become depleted.
    (Neglected my garden for a couple of days, and now have squash the size of small pumpkins … am going to hollow them out, fill them with a mince mixture and bake .. hopefully will have something to report tomorrow!).
    You take care … Fiona.

  • Shangri La January 15, 2011, 6:06 pm

    Sorry to hear about your Dad. The web site was really interesting even for an outsider to read, I was left wanting to know more about him. One of the things that occurred to me after my parents died is that I really didn’t know their stories very well and reading your father’s reminded me of the importance of family and living a life that made a difference to others. Thank you for sharing

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