Lots of rain here in Newcastle again.
I think any sign of torrential rain in this town after the June long weekend floods last year, makes the locals edgy. Including me!
Yesterday Capri had a pupil free day so we dropped Jamison at his swimming carnival at Lambton Pool early and headed to Westfield Kotara for a mother/daughter morning! Arriving there SO early meant that most of the shops hadn't even opened yet and I was rather excited to score a park underground right near the front door - something I rarely manage.The park, I might add was where many cars were later submerged in floodwaters (again) only a mere few hours later. Thankfully we had left the carpark before the downpour and flooding happened. And the ceiling of Michael Hill Jewellers also collapsed due to the rain later in the day.
So, we headed up to meet Ken who has been transferred to another office near Maitland and the weather just turned nasty! A huge thunderstorm. Massive amounts of rain. And lots of water on the road. I was considering turning around and going home again but I could hardly see out of my windows and couldn't see where I would be able to turn around safely. So we continued on at a snails pace. And Capri was stressing out.
Eventually we met Ken. Got the royal tour of his new place. Met his new staff. And headed to a coffee shop for lunch. The rain was still bucketing down and I had spoken with Jamison at the pool and he said they were still swimming in this weather!
Then I got a phone call from Brandt. His school was flooded and they were being sent home as there was concern that the same roads would be cut off again which meant there could be kids stranded. And when he returned to his prize possession..his car..he found it with water up to the bottom of the door and he had to wade through the water to reach it..but he's an old hand at wading after the June floods!!!
Around where his school is was one of the worst areas hit (again) and several of his school friends had cars written off we learned today. THANKFULLY there wasn't ANY water inside the car and Brandt was able to get home but he said there was flooding over many of the roads in town he needed to drive through to get home. But he was fine. And so was the car!!!
So then with news that the same roads near our place could be cut off again and Jamison stuck at Lambton (another badly hit area) at the pool I cut lunch short and headed back to get him which was a 40 minute drive away. By the time we reached the pool it was still raining but not too bad and the waters had actually subsided and the roads were fine. While theres lots of images in today's paper and stories of the flooding, thankfully, it wasn't as bad as last year. But rain does make everyone edgy.
No photos to share today. Feeling blah actually. Sore throat. Aching. Just that flu-ey feeling. Brandt's got it too and stayed home today. The other two have been sniffling and sneezing all afternoon as well.
Tomorrow I am off to the Stitches and Craft fair with my crafty friend Jenny. Hope I can muster up some energy as I've really been looking forward to going. First time the fair has been held here in Newcastle.
And today is the last opportunity for your booking for the CELEBRATE CHILDHOOD SHORTS WORKSHOP to be included in the @Home donation to Crop For Kids. So ALL bookings for this workshop until midnight tonight will be included and sent off to the Crop For Kids girls early next week. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who supported this workshop (and also thanks to everyone who has also booked into my other classes too...it's great to see new faces as well as my loyal regulars! THANK YOU!!!)
Oh yeah..and a HUGE happy birthday to my cousins..Trudi and Kristy who celebrated birthdays this week!! happy birthday you guys...
I think I have rabbitted on enough. Thanks for reading all this. Have a great weekend. I am off to bed!