We live by the coast and last Thursday we were hit quite severely by a storm and a tidal surge (along with the highest tides of the year and the wind just happening to blow in the wrong direction at the wrong time).
We own a couple of businesses on the promenade and sadly we suffered some substantial damage.
Our Fish and Chip Shop/Restaurant was submerged under water but I'm pleased to say the recovery mission is well under way and with the help of a team of professional cleaners this should all be up and running again hopefully after Christmas.
Here is a photograph of the restaurant after the tide went back out. You can see the footprints in the slime/silt left behind and when I say its EVERYWHERE that is an understatement!!
Next door to this we have a surf shop, selling Billabong, O'Neill, Rip Curl and other brands, this was hit much more severely, with the force of the water breaking all the windows and ripping the doors off. The damage and destruction in here was much worse and at the time of writing we are still waiting on the loss adjuster to arrive re the insurance. Thousands of pounds worth of stock has been ruined, we just spent 3 days itemizing it all, it was heartbreaking!
Here is a photo, again after the tide had receded.
As if this wasn't enough, the shop was looted that night! I really don't know how some people sleep at night!!
So as you can see I might be busy in the coming weeks and card making and blogging might not be top of my agenda!! I have made a few cards that I'll hopefully get around to posting and if I don't get to visit you I'd just like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year, I for one won't be sorry when this year is over!!
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx