December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas 2008!

Merry Christmas to all my friends, family and blog readers.
My sister Heidi calls it the 'Silly Season' which I think is very apt. Amber had a few of her friends stay with us over the weekend and they enjoyed playing in the snow.Christmas eve saw a steady stream of customers rushing into the store to buy those last minute gifts. Plenty of them men I might add - funny that :) Many with their young children giving them advice on gifts for Mummy.
There had been no friendly visit from the jolly man in the red suit when we awoke this morning. We had overslept by an hour to find that we had no electricity! Quickly racing down the stairs at 7am, torch in hand Craig and I surveyed the damage. We live in a very old house with its own well and sump pump which, when the power goes off ceases to work and it's amazing how quickly the water builds up. During the night the rain had come down in buckets plus the snow had melted. Our basement was on the verge of being seriously flooded and the actual pump was completely submerged while the contaminated water was rapidly seaping into our well. Not a good start to Christmas day at all. The next plan of action was to wake the girls so they could help bail out some of the water and move everything to higher ground (you can imagine how two rudely awoken bleary eyed teenagers felt about that). Actually they were a big help, lighting candles, phoning the electricity board and moving stuff upstairs all the while giggling, can you believe it?
Luckily we have a really good friend Greg, who lives fairly close by and came to our rescue with his portable generator, we managed to pump all the water out of the basement before it did too much damage.
Finally the panic was over and the daylight streamed into the house and I looked sadly at the forgotten Christmas tree with no presents beneath it. I don't think we would have got away with that a few years ago somehow! No, the days of Santa quietly visiting in the middle of the night, leaving his footprints and nibbling on the mince pie so carefully chosen and placed alongside a glass of milk or wine are long gone for us :(
Heidi take note, enjoy them while you can, they are truly precious and innocent years.
On the bright and less nostalgic side, Craig and the girls were all pleased with their gifts, which did eventually find their way under the tree and the giggling carried on until this afternoon when we were all a little too full of home cooked turkey dinner and terry's chocolate orange. The electricity was thankfully back on by midday and all is well again, we will just be drinking bottled water for the next few days.
So here I am typing away and planning on going downstairs to watch a movie 'Love Actually' a little later this evening with Craig and girls and possibly a glass of mulled wine :)
I got a few special little treats myself under the tree this year including a sweet little Christmas heart in white emboidery anglaise with red trim from my friend Keriann in NZ and arriving in the post from England just yesterday, the Judith Glover 2009 Note Nook Calendar which is adorable and will adorn the wall in my kitchen for a whole year.
Hazel xx


  1. Oh dear! So sorry to hear about the flooding, not a good start to Christmas day :o(
    Well done to your girls for pitching in and keeping spirits high :o)
    Glad normality was restored pretty quickly so you could carry on with the festivities.

    Guess you'd better write to Santa for a generator next Christmas!

    Much love & Christmas Hugs all round.
    T & G

  2. Dear Sis - Merry Christmas to you and your family. We were so lucky santa found the house and delivered a ton of gifts, I guess that what all those reindeer are for.
    Your morning was a little wet - so sorry, just be glad the girls are not 4 & 5 - big problem! Every Xmas has a new story to tell _ I am so happy for this blog thing Hazel, feels like we are neighbours and so close together with all our blah on line. Wish we could drink that wine together - forget the bottled water thats what wine is for!!!
    I will post my new news soon - just recovering from the bottled water here in S.A. - its quite bubbly. Love to all, big kiss and yes I will enjoy every moment and every day like its xmas.

  3. Merry Christmas to you all - pity about the start but you will have something to laugh about in years to come, along the lines of... remember Christmas 2008...

  4. Dearest Hazel, Merry Christmas! Sorry to hear your day started so 'sadly' but the festive spirit pulled you all through, and I'm pleased to hear that you all had a most enjoyable day :) I have sadly neglected my blog for so long now...I'm finding it difficult to know how to get started again! But, I will download our Chrissy photo's and hopefully have a post up soon :)
    Take care of yourself, and much love from all of us here 'down under' to all of you up north!
    Kathy x x x

  5. Glad your day worked out in the end.. Merry Christmas Hazel! :)

  6. What a nightmare!
    our christmas started with a sick child and the emergency doctor.Maybe we should plan for a better Easter! Hugs and thanks for your comment on my blg!

  7. Hi Hazel,
    Guess what - we also have a pump and a well too and also had our basement flooded recently - all fixed just in time for Christmas thank goodness - no one giggles in this household when things go wrong in that area! Thanks for the calendar plug, glad you like it and best wishes to you all for a VERY happy, healthy and peaceful(!) New Year.
    Best, Judith


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