Shirley Harring

writer, farmer advocate, madwoman

Reality Check

January 23, 2011

I know I could blog about the flooding that has ravaged my City of Brisbane.

I know I could blog about how, during these floods, my family and I were stranded by flood waters for 2.5 weeks in a small town in NSW. Which is askew considering we were on our way NORTH, when floods diverted us.

I could blog about having no power, the escalating price of food here, or how I feel guilty when so many of the people I love have lost so much yet keep amazing faith and spirit.

I know I could blog about the weather, or summer, or post a recipe for the foodies.

I could post about wonderful places I visited shortly before the Brisbane floods simply took them away.

But I just can’t.

My husband and I have a business. It’s small, it employs 4 -5 men at the best. For the last 3 years we have worked installing power, light and air conditioning for 7 of the buildings running along Eagle Street.  The job was due to be completed in February 2011. These are some of those buildings.

For the out of towners – those floating things are pontoons – jetties which were once an integral part of our river ferry and transport system. They were once anchored along the shoreline with around 30 or 40 others, dotting the river for kilometers long the bendy banks.

Like our business, they too,  are no more.

And that’s all I have to say about that.


  1. Really? You are out of business? Oh Rhu… no!!!! Are you okay??

  2. I do hope you are able to get your business back on track. Good luck.

  3. oh Rhu! hugs. I don’t know what to say love. :(

  4. Oh NO. Anything we can do?

  5. Oh Rhu, I’ve been thinking of you…and even though your news is hard, it’s still good to hear you. I know you have an indomitable spirit; sending you blessings of all shapes and sizes xxx

  6. Oh no! I’m so very sorry. I hope you can all find the resilience you need right now.

  7. Oh no. What horrible timing.

    I’m so sorry.

  8. :-(

    I’m so, so sorry! Words can’t express.

  9. I actually am wordless. So can only send you my love.

  10. These floods are nothing short of horrific.

    I am so sorry that you have been affected.

    Will your business not be required to help get these buildings back into working order?

  11. That’s not good – I hope things work out for you soon!

  12. Oh Rhu,
    I have no words to express the sadness that I feel for you and so many of the people living in the Brisbane area. I wish that I could give you a hug and tell you that it is going to get better – but it will be a journey for you all. My hope is that you find yourselves surrounded by people who will provide you with support when you are feeling overwhelmed . One step at a time , my friend, one step at a time.
    The most important thing is that you and yours are safe and together.
    Warmest regards,

  13. RH–I had been wondering how you were faring. I am so very sorry to hear about your business. This has to be excruciatingly hard.

    I believe that you will get through this, as you have other difficulties. Somewhere along the way you’ll find a new normal, but meanwhile, I hope you know you’re in the thoughts and prayers of many.

  14. Oh Rhu. Terrible. Is there a chance you wil be back working on those buildings soon? Once the mess clears away a bit?

  15. This is awful! I hope you qualify for some kind of help, so that your business can survive. Thinking of you.

  16. I know exactly how you are feeling. My husband’s work went underwater and we thought that their business would be gone as well. Luckily, the water did not come as high as they thought. It was so touch and go there for a while. It’s been a hard, hard slog for him though. He worked 14 days straight in clean up and even now nothing is ‘back to normal’. It has been such an awful time. I’m a Brissie girl born and bred and even now I cannot believe that we have had to endure this again. I think there will be a lot of people hurting for a while. At least we have a warm shower and our own bed, I guess!

  17. These are hard times indeed and I am so sorry to read how you have been afflicted. I hope that you get some help and will be able to re-establish the business and your lives.

  18. Putting a face to a tragedy makes it harder to bear. I can’t imagine BEING one of those faces. Sending hugs and prayers…

  19. poo bum wee – very mature of me I know but I don’t think I can use real swear words …. mums family lost their farming crops in the lockyer valley but no deaths so that is a blessing – love you rhu rhu and if there is anything we can do from afar just say the word le xoxo

  20. The US news has been downplaying the severity of the floods. BBC, however, has not. My thoughts are with you and all y’all…

  21. Oh I’m so very sorry for all you are going through. I’m at a loss to find the right words, but I just hope with all my heart that this time next year looks a lot brighter than things do now xx

  22. Oh Rhu – just read this. (((((Hugs))))))

  23. Ah, crap-a-doodle do. I really hope there will be a rebound effect, where your company gets to repair or do the work again. Its unthinkable. Small business, so precarious.


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