What a difference a day can make …

Yesterday was a crazy kind of day – more terrible stories and images from the flooding that’s currently happening around my home state of Queensland. So much rain fell throughout the day – in fact, the most amount of rain I think I’ve ever seen.

My street became a creek and the water levels rose through the lower floor of our house. The threat of evacuation continued throughout the day, but thankfully we were able to stay safe at home for most of the day.

As the city of Brisbane braces for the flood waters to peak, we’re just waiting, watching and hoping that everyone stays safe.

We woke this morning to bright blue skies and a spookily quiet neighbourhood. Although it didn’t take too long for the dark clouds to begin gathering once more.

Thanks to everyone for the messages of support and concern we’ve been receiving – they are greatly appreciated. Things have been stressful for sure, but we know there are a lot of people facing far worse than us.

Wherever you are in the world dear reader, keep safe and keep well … and perhaps hug those you love just a little bit tighter for good measure.


  1. Erika Lee Sears

    Keep safe Tracey! I am sure it will all pass.

    In times of panic I think of grilled cheese sandwiches. Random I know but just the thought relaxes me 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Thanks for your safe wishes … we escaped the worst of it, there are plenty who are much worse off than us, so we’re feeling for them.

      Like you, I will often think of comfort food in times of panic – grilled cheese sandwiches are a perfect antidote to stressful times! 🙂

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  3. tartankiwi

    Having experienced the Christchurch earthquake and its aftermath last year puts the events in Queensland into a special perspective for my husband and I. We wish you all lots of strength and hope that life gets back to as normal as possible for you all quickly and that you find new friendships and other positives in this difficult time.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Tartankiwi – My goodness, the earthquake in Christchurch must have been horrifying. Thanks so much for your kind wishes … I’m hoping that life can return to a somewhat more normal state soon … our poor city (and many residents) is a little worse for wear.

      I think it’s hard to appreciate the enormity of natural disasters until you’ve experienced one yourself – the power of natural events is quite unbelievable.

  4. Rellacafa

    Thinking of you guys! Sorry to hear your lower floor went under, is it a lot of damage?

    Just read your post on the butcherbirds also, I hope they are ok too xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caf – Thanks so much for your kind thoughts … we don’t have too much damage in the house, we only had a few cms come through – though it can be quite surprising what that can do. I think we’ll have to get rid of a bit of furniture, though thankfully nothing too special.

      The butcherbirds are fine too … I’ve heard Pasta around the house in the past few days, so I think him and his family must be OK.


  5. Gabrielle Bryden

    What a nightmare these floods are, and getting worse in the next 24 hours – hope you wil be safe and the rest of our friends and relatives in Brisbane (in fact anyone in Brisbane).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – It has been quite unbelievable to see the damage that these floods have done. We’re keeping safe (and I hope you’re doing OK too). I’m still feeling shocked by it all to be honest … and feeling for families of Brisbane much worse off than us.

  6. hila

    I’ve said this a million times, I know, and I’m sounding repetitive here, but my thoughts are fully with you and everyone in QLD. I think we feel a bit helpless in the rest of Australia, watching you all go through this and wishing there was something more we could do besides donating money. I’m glad to hear you’re doing ok, and I’ll keep all my fingers and toes firmly crossed for everyone.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – There’s no need to apologise for sending such kind thoughts of concern to me and everyone in Queensland. I think we all struggle a bit with not knowing quite how we can help … but I think showing kindness and donating what we can is a wonderful way to go about it.

      I’m really feeling for all the families of Queensland too, it’s just been a horrible week with more hard work ahead.

  7. urban muser

    i hope you stay safe. it sounds like quite an ordeal.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Urban Muser – Thanks so much for your kind thoughts … it’s been an awful week for so many people. We are doing OK – there’s just a bit of a clean-up ahead. Other families are facing far worse.

      Thanks for your concern.

  8. Caz

    I do so hope that you and your loved ones are OK. I’m just back from an internet-free holiday (Henry seems much better – thanks for your kind words) but I’ve been thinking of you as things have gone from bad to worse in your neck of the woods. Hopefully the worst of it is over and that there are blue skies on the horizon. Thinking of you…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caz – Thanks so much. Me and my family are safe and sound now, there were a few particularly scary and stressful days. We’ve been incredibly lucky compared to some.

      I’m so very glad to hear that Henry is much better … it’s lovely to see you back in the online world again.

      The blue skies are shining brightly again today, so I think your well wishes for fine weather have worked wonders my dear! 🙂

  9. sas

    stay safe lovely.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi sas – Thanks so much, we’re doing fine now. I hope your family is safe and well too.

  10. Christine

    I am thinking so much about you guys, hoping you have seen the worst of this now.
    All the best from the other side of the planet – stay safe!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Christine – Thank you so very much for your kind thoughts. We are safe and well.

      The worst is now past for us, but I’m feeling awful for the massive clean-up ahead and for the families that have lost something precious.

  11. Narnie

    Saw it on the news last night and it was one of those reports which you just gasp at the speed of it all. Thinking of you, (((((((((((((((you))))))))))))))

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kiersty – The footage of the flooding has been incredible and horrifying … I can’t quite believe the speed and ferocity of it all.

      Thank you for your kind thoughts and for sending so many hugs my way – they are much appreciated.

  12. maekitso

    Sending you my heartfelt thoughts Tracey. The images and stories of loss are so incredibly distressing. Hoping you continue to stay safe.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Brad – Thanks so much for your kind thoughts. We are safe and well – but we’re also feeling for the loss of so much and so many. The images have been almost unbelievable, I’ve had to take a break from all the footage to be honest.

      I hope all your friends and family who have been affected are safe.

  13. Mel

    I’ve been praying for everyone affected by these awful floods. We’ve heard a lot about them even in the UK, and it’s been very much in my thoughts xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Your kind thoughts and prayers are much appreciated. I still can’t quite believe how devastating the floods have been. The media coverage has been comprehensive and widespread, the compassion everyone has received from the rest of the world has been wonderful.

  14. Galit

    Wow! I didn’t know you’re from Brisbane!!!
    Hope you and your dear ones are all safe and dry!!!
    Sending you hugs and happy thoughts!! ♥

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Galit – Yes, I’m a Brisbane girl through and through.

      Thanks so much for you kind thoughts of safety and for your hugs … we’re safe and dry now. All we have to do now is finish a clean-up downstairs where we had some water come in – all very minor in the big scheme of things.

      Thank you.

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