Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Friends and neighbours ...

Friends and neighbours ... how blessed I am to have them both and without them these last couple of days would have been very difficult.  Its been rather an exciting and nail biting time, so if your sitting comfortably I will tell you a story to explain why the promised pictures of what is getting made at the Suzie Sews household are just not appearing... So it was the end of a busy day, the usual goings on here, school run, school assembly, swimming, lunch, housework, coffee with friends, school run, play dates then making supper for my family... As we all pottered around the kitchen I noticed a haze in the hall way, I went and opened the door to the smallest room in the house, I was greeted  with a huge plume of smoke which overwhelmed me! I shouted the boys to come quick and we did our little fire escape route and met up on the front lawn.  I rushed over to my 'more than capable neighbour' and in true Knight in Shining armour he rushed over and investigated the situation for us.  Our Fuse box had gone up in smoke.  

 So with the smoke under control and the electrics turned off it was a case of sorting things out.  This is when the fun begins and if anyone could have seen the behaviour that followed they would have wondered what was going on.  Two sets of neighbours helped me unload my just stocked up fridge and freezer (having spent two afternoons last week cooking to stock up the freezer for meals to take away with us over the coming weeks) So in and out of each others homes we went as we distributed the food in to all available spaces.  Next overnight bags got packed and then it was a choice of who to stay with as everyone was so willing to help and put us up.  Then the boys and I eat our supper on the front lawn in the failing light with the neighbours children joining in and us Moms chatting, it looked liked a scene from the Clampits!!!
The emergency people came and did what could be done and then we spent the last couple of days having it all sorted including new plastering.

So No crafting has been done, the electric is now back on and tonight we will all be in our own beds. I have made the best of the situation, including defrosting my freezer, cleaning, sorting my insurance...etc.  I just need to get all my food back...now who had the lamb chops?  SO with decorating plans in my head and most of the house back to normal except for a faint smell of melted plastic all is OK as if nothing had happened. I did lie awake the first night and run through the scenario of if we had gone up in smoke three hours later and we were all in bed... I just do not want to go there... 

So forgive me my absence and the rather of topic chat.  Normal Suzie Sews blogging will resume soon... 

How lucky we are when our neighbours are also our friends.  Thanks you guys you are all stars!!!

20 comments:

Heart in the country said...

Blimey Suzie, I'm glad you are all ok....quite an adventure for the boys, and brilliant having just wonderful neighbours.

I think I might just go out and buy some more smoke alarms! I'd never have considered putting them in the smallest room, but perhaps we should.

Take care

Kim

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, that sounds scary! So glad it all worked out ok!

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Golly Suzie! That's some adventure! Not one to repeat any time soon though! Thank goodness for lovely neighbours!

Lucy x

anne bebbington said...

Oh Suzie - someone was smiling on you - thank heavens it wasn't when you were all asleep, and doubly thank heavens for such wonderful neighbours (hope you find the lamb chops though tee hee!)

anne bebbington said...

Mmmmm - mental note, consider fitting an extra smoke detector in the downstairs loo where the fuse box is

Kitty said...

What goes around comes around ... I'm sure you have been kind to all those who helped you. If it happened to them, you'd have done just as they did for you and the boys.

Do you have a smoke alarm? If not ... perhaps time to get one?!

x

Sarah and Jack said...

Oh my goodness.

Lucky you are all ok.

When Jack was a baby I had turned the oven onwhile he was napping then I went to the basement for something. I came upstairs to find the entire house FILLED with horrible, acrid smoke, so thick I could hardly get to the baby. That was really a scary thing.

Jane said...

Oh my goodness what a nasty fright. Glad you are ok though and that you find the lamb chops!! We do have smoke alarms but not in the lobby where our fuse box is, so we'll be buying one tomorrow as its the one place I never thought of putting one. Jane x

julia said...

Blimey, you'll do anything for an alfresco supper! Seriously, glad you're ok, pretty hair-raising stuff!
So glad you're all ok
Julia xx

MelMel said...

I love Ma!

Olly my OH is a bit of a Catherine fan...guess he will enjoy it....not too much or I'll dig him in the ribs!
LOL!xxx

French Knots said...

Good friends and neighbours indeed.
Glad you and the boys are safe and well.

bekimarie said...

It's horrible when you think of the 'what ifs'.
Thankfully you're all ok and thank heavens for wonderful neighbours.
Take care
Hugs
Beki xxx

Sarah said...

Crikey! Glad all is well now and what a lovely bunch of neighbours you have

Ali said...

How very frightening. So glad you are okay and have wonderful, caring neighbours to help you.

skippinginthemeadow said...

Gosh! I'm glad you are all safe and that you have such sterling neighbours.
Thanyou so much for your best wishes for my sister.
I just love your blog and will be back soon to catch up once you are sorted.
xx
Sumea

Tracy said...

Oh, my goodness, Suzie!! My heart was racing reading this...Just soooo very glad that all of you are all rigth!! So very frightening...can imagine how horrible...So glad you had those good, kind of neighbours. Just so relieved...Hope all will be well soon and back to normal! :o) ((HUGS))

silverpebble said...

Blimey, that sounds nasty! It sounds as though you're admirably cool in a crisis. So glad you had some welcome help at a tough time x

rayofsunshine said...

Oh my, soo glad you are all safe,it must of been a nightmare. Sounds like you do indeed have lovely neighbours. Thankyou for your lovely comment on my blog. Paula x

dottycookie said...

Thank goodness you're all OK. House fires are very very scary - I keep meaning to buy escape ladders for our bedrooms. This has prompted me to actually do it.

nicolette said...

Glad you are all OK!!! Such a scary adventure!

Enjoy your Easter break and the quality time with your kids!!