Etsy List: Organise your home

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'Organise your home' Etsy List curated by H is for Home

In 10 days time, it’s Organise your Home Day; probably because it’s a time when many of us start to think about doing a spot of spring cleaning. Here in the Calderdale, many of us have been doing nothing but since Boxing Day.

Along with many other Northern areas, we were badly affected by flooding. This lovely valley and the string of settlements that we call home – Walsden, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, and Sowerby Bridge were all hit.

There’s currently an appeal online which Central Government has agreed to match pound for pound. Please donate if you can, whatever you can!


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Wednesday Wish: Getting back to normal!

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Our sitting room the day after the flooding

This week’s Wednesday Wish has to be for a nice clean house – free from flood water, mud and mess!

Our sitting room the morning after the flooding still with almost a foot of water

We’re still recovering from the devastating floods which affected the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire.

Our sitting room the morning after the flooding still with almost a foot of water

We can’t wait to get on with straightening things out, but we’re currently in that awful limbo where insurers & loss adjusters question, examine, poke & probe. It feels like not much is going on. Builders are awaiting approval to start remedial works which is frustrating. There’s no washing machine, cooker or comfy sofa. And of course, with everything piled up in the bedrooms, we can’t find a thing!!

The flood water entered our freezer The flood water entered our floor-standing kitchen cabinets and filled up a deep fat fryer that we stored in there

But we have to try & stay positive.

Mop, bucket and cleaning materials in the downstairs cloakroom the morning after the flooding

We actually managed to save so much stuff – anything that time or size allowed – lots of books, records, textiles, small pieces of furniture, items of sentimental value – and of course our beloved Fudge!

Hopefully kitchen units and appliances will be replaced by the insurers without to much argument.

Our back garden the morning after the flooding still with almost a foot of water

The flooring might be a big job – and as for the garden, well – we won’t be winning a Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal this year.

But things will get sorted out over time. We’ll post a few updates in the coming months, but we promise not to go on about it too much!! Hopefully, we’ll have some interesting before & after shots to share. We might even ask for some second opinions about potential replacement items.

We have to say thanks for all your kind words and well wishes over the past few days. We’ve experienced many examples of the best side of human nature recently.

The Flood!

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A 1950s G Plan sideboard in our sitting room with flood water surrounding it

Have you noticed that we’ve been a little scarce on the blog and social media front since last week?

a flooded corner of our sitting room

Well the reason behind it is that we were one of the flood victims in the Calder River Valley on Friday night.

antique chest in our sitting room with flood water surrounding it

A metre of water lapped at our front & back door and it was soon apparent that we wouldn’t be able to stop it coming inside – it quickly came up through the floorboards to a height of about a foot and a half. We managed to save a lot of our things by putting them on our big kitchen table or taking them upstairs but alas, bigger items of furniture, kitchen cupboards and appliances have been ruined. And there’s now an awful lot of cleaning up to do – there’s a layer of mud on every horizontal surface!

Any further blog posts will be postponed until we get everything sorted out and back to normal. We’ll just leave you with a little clip of video we took on our mobile phone out of a top floor window after we’d retreated to higher ground:

The river and street become one!