Thursday, 13 January 2011

A Moment's Pause

Bloggie friends!!

My sister who lives with her sons - my gorgeous nephews - near Brisbane, Australia sent me this pic of the flooding near her home, taken 11 Jan at 6.30 am.

By 4.55 pm they were being evacuated by the authorities. They're all ok (PHEW!) and are staying with friends but worried about the home they've left.

Charlie says: So long as they're safe.


Thursday means the weekend is getter closer!

60 comments:

Words A Day said...

i hope they will be ok - that photo is frightening, if i woke up to see that near my home i'd be so upset. I hope their house doesnt get too damaged, my best wishes to your sister and your nephews. take care x

Katnip Lounge said...

Oh my goodness! My thoughts and prayers for your sister and nevvies. The flooding is incredible, it reminds me of the devastation from hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Joanna St. James said...

as long as they are safe, material stuff comes 2nd.

Tucker said...

Goodness! We were just watching news coverage of the flooding and are certainly praying that everyone will be ok and that people's homes won't be too badly damaged.

GreatGranny said...

There is crazy weather everywhere and I hate that your Sister and her family are flooding victims.

Melissa Gill said...

I'm so sorry about your sister and her family. Floods are a horrible thing. I'm glad to hear they're all safe though.

roxy said...

I am so sorry for your sister and family. The positive side is that they are safe, but how stressful to have to deal with that kind of disaster. My thoughts are with them. Charlie, you are a kind-hearted gentleman.

Caren Gittleman said...

sending prayers to your sister. I just found out about the flooding in Australia recently...thank goodness your sister has friends to stay with.

Thankfully homes and objects can be replaced....it is still heartbreaking but the most important thing is the family is safe!!

(((((hugs)))) to you and Charlie!

Brian said...

We agree Charlie, we've been very worried about our friends there.

Lydia K said...

So glad they're okay! Scary, what the earth is capable of.

Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

I've been watching the news with growing unease as I have friends in Brisbane too. Dark days ahead.

I hope your sisters home is safe.

Life 101 said...

Wow! I'd heard it was bad there but I had no idea. I hope your folks stay safe.

Terrie said...

Seen TV the floods are terrible and sad for all the damages and life loss. Glad that they're safe. Hope they will shortly rebuild homes.

Summer Ross said...

I'm very glad they are safe- and my thoughts are with them in hopes they lose nothing of value.

Clarissa Draper said...

It's scary! I know bloggers from there and they're scared.
CD

Claudia said...

Dear Old Kitty,
I'm sorry to hear that your family had to evacuate but the important thing is that they are safe. Mother Nature likes to scare us from time to time. I'm sure they'll be going back home very soon. My prayers go to all those affected by the flood.

Cloon said...

We will keep everyone affected by the floods in our purr-ayers (and any animals that had to be left behind). My Human spent time in Brisbane last year and is hoping that the koalas at Lone Pine are ok (they are right along the river).

Brigid said...

So sad for your sister having to leave her home, so glad they are safe. I watched it all on the news, tough days.

Jennifer Hillier said...

Wow, that's a crazy picture! All that water! Glad to hear they're okay.

Madeleine said...

Glad they are safe. It is difficult to believe the devastation and all that water! I have a blog award over at mine for you. :O)

Reenie said...

Yea, the Queensland floods are making headlines everywhere. Best of luck to your sister...

And... how are you doing, dear Jenn?

Susan Fields said...

Oh no! That flooding looks terrible. I'm so glad to hear your sister and nephews are safe, though.

Kea said...

I've seen the pics on the news, though I'm sure they don't even come close to reality. I'm glad your sister and her family are okay. All the poor animals, though, Jennifer -- both domestic and wild. :-(

fairyhedgehog said...

I was admiring the beautiful photo, then I read what it was about.

I'm so sorry for your family. Glad they're safe, but what an awful thing to happen.

TK and Squashies said...

We purrs fur the peoples and the aminals in Australia. Is very scary.
We is glad your furends are ok.

Manzanita said...

I saw the scary videos of the flooding on TV. My sympathy to your sister. I'm glad she's safe and hope she hasn't suffered much personal loss. Flooding is sooo terrible and leaves such unhealthy moldy air to breath in it's aftermath.
Love and peace, Manzanita

Jenny said...

Yikes! That's awful, I'm glad everyone is alright.

Hannah and Lucy said...

Oh Jenn we are so sorry to hear about your sister and her family in the Australian floods - the pictures on the television show such devastation to such a large area. You must all be so worried about them being so far away and not being able to do anything to help them.
Take care - you are in our thoughts.
Luv Hannah, Lucy & Sue xx xx xx

Rene said...

Wow, that's scary. We're glad everyone is safe though.

notesfromnadir said...

O.K.,
Glad your sister and sons are safe. Please let us know how they're doing.

Charlie looks very stoic.

Brian said...

We hope they are safe too, we've been worried about our pals.

Sammy and Andy said...

Oh, NO!!!!!!!!!!! But we agree with Charlie....the fact that they are safe is what really matters. It's sad to lose material things, but most of them can be replaced.

We are purraying that their house and possessions will be okay.

xxxxxxx

Margo Benson said...

Really hope your family stay safe, I can't belive the pictures on the news from the flooding.

Talli Roland said...

So happy to hear everyone you know is safe! I've been horrified by the photos on the news.

Hart Johnson said...

I'm very glad to hear they're safe--I get the 'hate the home damage' part, but stuff is stuff, eh? I hope their evacuation goes smoothly!

Marg said...

Gosh, Jen, we sure hope you sister's house will not get flooded too badly.I had heard some about the flooding there, but not a lot. That looks pretty bad in that picture so we are sending lots of prayers that their house will be all right. Like you said, at least they are safe. Take care.

LTM said...

How awful! I've been hearing about this, but I didn't know the cause. Is a river swollen?

I remember crying over the levee break in New Orleans. Water can be so devastating...

(((hugs))) to them. And yes, Charlie would not like the water~ :o) <3

Chris Phillips said...

I'm glad they are safe!

Random Felines said...

We agree - so long as they are safe, the stuff can be replaced. We will send them purrs....

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oh, my thoughts are with your sister's family. I'm so glad they're safe! :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Goodness, Kitty! I'll be praying for your sister and nephews. Their lives are more important though, as things can be replaced.

The Golden Eagle said...

I'm so glad to hear your family in Australia is okay!

Ginger Jasper said...

Thank god they are safe. That is all that matters. Hugs GJ xx

Ann said...

It is really to awful. I am glad your sister and her boys are safe. Charlie is right, that is all that is important. Still it is hard to see your home destroyed. Hugs to all.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

I love Charlie's profile here! The Loyalty Islands has active seismic activity. They had a 7.3 about 4 hours ago and a 5.2 and within the last hour. Is your family okay???
*HUGS*
I'll be praying for your family, Jennifer.

~Elizabeth :)

penandpaints said...

Oh no! Your poor sister, but I'm glad they're all ok!
The Australians seem so cheerful amidst all that flooding on the news don't they? Quite remarkable.
Best wishes to them
xx

Paul Yarbrough, Author said...

I saw online the sad story about the young boy who died saving his brother down there. That is a nightmare.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I am so sorry Jennifer! (I'm glad they are safe.) I know my small by comparison flood was a huge upheavel to our lives. I will keep your family in my prayers.

ABBY said...

Oh no!
we are so sorry to hear about your sister and her family. We are glad everyone is safe, but we know that they are very worried about their home. WE will purr that it is safe and that they can return quickly.

Hi Charlie!

purrin
xoxox
♥♥♥

Lynda Young said...

Yep, my brother lives in Brisbane. Thankfully on high ground. We haven't seen such crazy flooding in a long time. Good to hear your sister and her family are safe.

Repositório said...

Oh! I´m so sorry about the flood near of your sister... here, in Brazil, we have 450 dead people because the devastation and the rain and flood. Everything in Rio de Janeiro.
I live in the south of Brazil, and here rains too. To much!
Kisses dear!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We're glad your sister's family is safe and we hope the damage to their home will be minimal.

lupie said...

The photo is worrying, I cannot imagine staring out from the window, looking at the rising water level!

It will worry me, and my precious cats! They don't like water!!!
Me too! I can't swim.

We agree with Charlie!!!

And, we hope and pray the condition will improve.

Love, Bin and ALL ..

Ellie said...

Oh, my. Your poor sister and family. I saw the news last night and was shocked by the level of flooding. My thoughts are with them all.

Theresa Milstein said...

How frightening. I'm glad they're okay (which I know from your newer post).

As a result of this flood, I realized how many blogging friends I have in Australia. It's been good to know they're safe.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I know a blogger in Brisbane and have been reading her updates about the terrible flood, Jen! I'm so glad your sister and family are OK, and I hope they did not suffer too much damage.

Her blog is called "Adventure Before Dementia" and her name is Diane. google it for the URL

Esme said...

Sorry to hear your sister was evacuated-I hope all is well with her.

womagwriter said...

The Australian floods are horrendous - am so glad your sister and family are safe, and I hope their house doesn't suffer too much damage.

m.q said...

hope ur sister and her family is ok...

Jenn said...

My sister in law is from there, and she still hasn't heard if all of her friends are ok. I've been praying for everyone there, especially her friends and family, and I'll be praying for your family too. Keep us updated!