Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Floods of 2011 part 2

I am so sorry for all the people who have lost loved ones and homes. My heart bleeds for you. Personally, I am ok. Very lucky. The water came less than a metre from our kitchen and living room and downstairs (the ground floor- not my apartment) was dessimated. Our cut power (even though a battery operated or solar operated fan would be nice... do you know where to get one?), and chaotic moving of furniture seems very minimal in comparison. We were cut off - so sat in our bedroom and watched the boats float by.

Helping some friends evacuate and then clean their businesses was absolutely heartbreaking, and backbreaking. Seeing people's lives piled in muddy, stinking heaps on their front lawn with army trucks driving by is like something you should be seeing on the 6 o clock news- you know, somewhere far away from here. Somehow my body responds with goosebumps even though I am standing in almost 40 degree heat and the sunstroke is setting in. Tears well but I realise that tears can do no good. So, I grab a rag and start wiping clean paper. At least I think it's paper, until slowly the mud subsides and smiling faces start to appear. A photo- a stabbing reminder that this is real, and the people staring back at me, own this life.

The spirit of people has been unbelievable- so much genuine kindness. Hopefully this spirit lives on. Goosebumps reappear when driving past and reading signs on businesses and houses - ''Thank you Brisbane""You have kept us going". It's going to take a long time to rebuild the lives of those that have been washed away, but it is going to happen.

G.G. still has no power- and won't for a little while to come, so will be back online when I do. There are lots of restaurants that have been affected- so will looking to help them out in anyway possible in the coming weeks and months.

In the meantime, I'm going to be helping out cleaning, and hopefully will be able to do some more baking to contribute to bakedrelief.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Floods of 2011

I'm hoping all of you and yours are safe and well.

All ok here so far. We have two loaves of bread, some smoked oysters, cheese, some gin and tonic water. Have been sandbagging downstairs. C's parents are staying with us as they are flooded out of the farm. Just bracing for the awfulness to come. 

Have added a couple of photos from around so you can check out some of the flooding. P.S. the guys in the boat are actually on an oval, that was still an oval with a cricket pitch this morning.

Apparently, I am not taking the floods seriously enough- forgive me. Growing up in Gunnedah means flooding ALL the time. But with all the lives lost, I realise this is a different ball game. I was chastised by some more sensible friends and told to go and get water and candles and other essentials rather than the vodka and bacon I bought earlier today. I swear I wasn't trying to make a mockery, but we needed vodka and bacon and the shops were so crazy, I was in shock, that's all I bought.  

Please let me know if you are in Bris and need help, we have floor space and heaps of boxes of biscuits, and water. 

Keep safe and dry- (which may be harder than expected.)

Love to you all. xxx 

Happy New Year and all that Jazz

So... I have been taking a little break, I know, I know- total slacker! But, I can promise that things will go back to normal next week when I get my butt into gear.

Posts will still happen on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but there will be more generally cool stuff such as interviews, vlogs, recipes, and better photos - courtesy of my new DSLR!

That being said- I'm still going to use my iphone to snap photos when I attend a restaurant to do a review. I want to remain as incognito as possible, and defs don't think pulling out a huge cam helps me remain stealth.

The food blogger directory will be up in the next few weeks, and I have a couple of other exciting projects that are in the beginning stages, you'll hear about those soon, and I'm going to ask some of you to be involved.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years and can't wait to hear from you in 2011.

On a side note- I am hoping and praying for everyone involved with the floods- there is just so much water, the situation here is pretty hard to believe! Hope your houses, and more importantly, you and your families, are safe and well.

I have added a few snaps below of my holidays....

 the Garden was beautiful and green, and a little soggy- but nice to look at!

Happy Birthday Cupcakes I made for my sister's 19th. Not so happy with the edges, but practise makes perfect. 

Some of the beautiful decos on the tree

A couple of Vanilla Vodka, gingerbeer and cranberry specials with super cute straws 

The ham glazed with dijon mustard and maple syrup

Gorgeous lemon tart (Dad made this one!)

My first ever terrine! Country veal and pork- next time I'll be more inventive.
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