If you're watching the weather in North Queensland this past week you'll be aware that we are sitting in the middle of a mighty monsoon.
Rain like I've never seen in my life has been falling for days, with many more days of this endless downpour yet to come. Many have lost their homes, others have been evacuated - the water keeps rising, rivers have broken their banks and the roads are treacherous.
Townsville has been pretty much a town in drought since we moved here in 2012, with very dry tropical 'wet seasons' and severe water restrictions as the dam fell lower and lower.
That's all changed now. The town dam is at the end of our street and it's overflowing, the spillway is open and the river just 200 metres from us is rising fast from that overflow. Glad there's all that space between us and it.
My precious husband has been soaking for days digging our trenches, installing a third pump, shoveling for hours in the middle of the night, crawling through the roof to seal a leak in the laundry ceiling and subsequently falling through (he's fine, thank goodness) plus watching over our neighbour's house (she is away at the moment). We have sandbags at the front and back doors as the water keeps rising and the three pumps cannot keep up.
Our home is on a water table so once the ground is saturated (it's clay down there) the water doesn't just fall from the sky but it pushes up from below because it has nowhere to go. The things you discover after you buy your first house, eh?
While there are some things I can do outside, they are minimal. Hubby is doing 95% of everything out there and I'm on standby to fetch and carry, brew hot cups of tea and make peanut butter toast when he can take a break. He tells me, "you go about your work inside, sweetheart, so I don't have to worry about you". Love that man.
Our drains are about to go under as well and the gurgling in the kitchen pipes is most definitely unsettling, especially when water shoots out from the kitchen sink.
The third pump (blue one below) has a double length fire hose and then a long pipe to pump from near the back door to out front close to the storm drain. It's definitely helping to keep the water just under the back door.
Sandbags at the back door offering more protection from the rising water...
...and the front door which has been pretty safe until this morning when the water rose higher out front and up into our front entrance.
The pump out front is under that green square to the right.
There is an 8" drop over the edge of the front entrance way, which is what has kept us dry near the front door for days, but now its not enough. The photo below was taken just before hubby put sandbags across the doorway.
But we are so blessed!!
All those pumps and my husband's ceaseless labours have so far kept the water from breeching our house and God willing this will continue to be so during the remaining days of this monsoon.
This is all new to me, so excuse me if you've been through this before and have greater knowledge and experience of these kind of conditions. xx
Following my husband's advice to stay occupied inside and because I needed something to do between heeding his intermittent calls for assistance and keeping myself from the anxious moments which too often build as the water rises, here's what I finally got around to setting up yesterday...
Let me tell you all about it...
The Rewind Stitchery Club runs for one year from the day you join.
The Rewind Stitchery Club runs for one year from the day you join.
During that year as a member you will receive 12 monthly issues which each contain five patterns to stitch. These are emailed as a PDF file directly to your email inbox on the 5th of every month.
The patterns I've included in the 12 monthly issues are my favourite choices from those I designed during 2014-16 and are not available elsewhere.
Each pattern includes step by step embroidery instructions, photos, all material and thread details, full size pattern sheets for printing and usually some small lessons or tips about each design.
(NOTE: If you were a member of my original Stitchery Club during 2015-16 then this is not for you as you'll already have these patterns scattered through those 24 monthly issues.)
The first issue will be emailed to members on February 5th...
I've also created an independent web page for the Rewind Stitchery Club and I'd love for you to head over HERE and have a look at it!
All the information about joining this 12-month Club is on that web page, plus photos of the patterns inside the first issue and the pretty gift pattern members receive when they join.
This new Club is bringing me joy already because if you read this blog post the other day you'll appreciate that it's one of the ways I am "using what I already have".
The cost is $7.95 AUD per month (around $6 US per month at the current exchange rate) and after twelve months your membership ends.
After I unraveled my first attempt at the Sweet Pea CAL blanket I began again with a larger hook and careful reading of the instructions. The lengths I unraveled are now wound onto pegs as they will be perfect for future granny squares. And besides they look so pretty.
I am also back working on my next block of the month, Phyllis May's Kitchen, which will look rather different than I had imagined at first...because it IS different to what I'd originally planned. I doubt you'll guess how different?
I'm also finishing a one-off Phyllis May pattern which I hope you'll love as much as me, but photos won't be shared today as it's become quite dark inside the house and not camera friendly. Hopefully very soon.
I shall sign off today with...
Some nice blogs with wonderful and inspirational ideas to share.
I'm going to take inspiration from Julie who has recently made some beautiful and functional changes to her sewing room, which she tells me is the same size as mine - so we both (as women who sell our wares) appreciate that small spaces can be made far more functional with wise planning.
You might already know of Julie's blog, My Threadbear Life, but if not let me encourage you to pay her a visit soon. She's a wealth of inspiration!
Annabel of The Bluebirds Are Nesting has begun a new series on her blog, The Tuesday Afternoon Club, which encourages readers to share how they have utilised the skills or supplies they have on hand and/or saved money for the household. I love the variety of ideas on her blog!
One of the ladies in our Gentle Domesticity Facebook group, Teresa, shared this blog link the other day for a wonderful tutorial and free template for making bobbin cards for storing lace. The blog is Queen Bee Cottage and you'll find the tutorial here.
May your own circumstances, whether they be fire, flood, snow, ill health or outside pressure which is filling you with anxiety, be made less stressful by our wonderful God who loves each equally and without restraint. Let your requests be made known to Him and then rest as He cares for your needs in a way you cannot do for yourself.