Just the Two of Us

Just the Two of Us

After 35+ years of marriage, two wonderful sons, living and working in Australia, Sweden, UK and USA we are now 'just the two of us' plus a very spoilt Shitzu.

Following five years at The Sandhurst Club it is time to downsize. Our criteria - build a new home in a development within ten minutes of John's Sandhurst Golf Club, access to Monash and Eastlink Freeways, all new infrastructure and proposed services, recycled water and no Management Company or Body Corporate Fees.

We invite you to view our journey as we build with Carlisle Homes our 'Savannah 28' at 'The Avenue at Casey', a masterplanned community meeting all our criteria.

Friday, February 4, 2011

River 'Avenue'

We've had an eventful night....thunder, lightning, torrential rain and loosing BonBon.  Before I got home she escaped the backyard, terrified of thunder and lightning - she just runs and runs.  A kind man found her traumatised at the Sandhurst Roundabout and took her home.  We were frantically searching for her when he called - so relieved and grateful.  BonBon is back home safe and well after her ordeal.

What could our new house possibly look like?!  Just got back - the drive down Thompsons Road is extremely hazardous with roads flooded and lined with stalled cars.  The approach to The Avenue is a torrent of water and the entrance a river with cars lined on the Oak Tree reserve.  Mountainview Boulevarde roundabout verge is totally under running water. We couldn't drive on the left side of the road and crawled down the opposite side before the car almost floated into Eversham.

Our street was not flooded but had certainly been awash with water by the amount of debris. The house was perfect - car lights blazing and torches in hand we peered through every window looking for water.  She was dry as a bone as far as we could see but outside a bog in which I sunk and got stuck.

Reinsey and Janine, all looks good at your blocks and Streets - albeit Reinsey has an Olympic size swimming pool in the scrape.

Leaving along Mountainview Boulevarde we saw two builders bins washed away with one coming to rest in the centre median strip. We think the Developer has some major drainage headaches and cleanup tomorrow morning. 

Will be interesting to see in daylight tomorrow. 

Trust everyone is safe in their homes.


  1. Glad your house is OK. I was going to go down and check things out but after an eventful evening trying to get back from the city I just wanted to get home and make sure my house was ok. It's still raining quite heavily here at the moment and the wind has picked up (its 1:15am).

  2. Just read your post on H1. What a nightmare to get home. We drove past your house and all looked good. The internal streets seemed OK albeit a number of garage doors open and entrances being swept. Certainly would have been a good test to many roofs. Could you believe the entrance, William Thwaites and Mountainview Boulevarde? we were shocked. Keep dry.

    PS - we knocked last Sunday but you must have been out.

  3. Oh my god Deb Kylie messages me last night to tell me what had happened it's really scary being here in NZ and hearing about what's going on over there I guess we all need to have a really good look at insurance policies to ensure we ave the correct cover for the future in case this ever happens again. Please keep me posted on what the outcome and aftermath is.

  4. Thank God BonBon is safely home! I felt sick when I read that Deb.
    Relieved that both yours and Ky's homes are dry.
    Thanks for checking our block (swimming pool). I don't think I would have liked to have seen it last night!!

  5. Janine, didn't realize your already in NZ - enjoy.

    Reinsey, BonBon's had a shell shocked night with more thunder and crawling around the bed! You and Loz had a nightmare getting home - all dry?

    From what we could see the internal streets held up well...but the entrance and main drags were unbelievable. Will try and get some photos today.

  6. We copped a couple of minor leaks, thru bathroom fan & heater flue. On the high side of the mountain here so we're getting a lot of run off and our alfresco is under water but no threat to house yet.
    Got home to 2 saturated freaked out furkids. Bella hates storms too and just laid in my arms wrapped in a towel for a few hours.

    The worst thing for me... My brother is getting married this afternoon at Mornington. I'm not sure we'll get thru with all the road closures.

  7. Good no major damage. At least your furkids don't go AWOL, maybe they comfort each other.

    OMG - what a day for a wedding, inside I hope? Check whether your better to make your way to Nepean Highway, Frankston Freeway or Monash across to Eastlink - Monash always seems the worst.

  8. It's supposed to be good luck isn't it? Rain on your wedding day??
    It's at the golf course, and was supposed to be outside, but they've had to bring it in. They won't even be able to get their pictures done. I'm heart broken for them. Especially Sharon, his almost wife. She's just the loveliest girl. Didn't get worked up over the wedding, handled it all herself. She's waited SOOOOO long for this. Poor love!!

  9. Mornington Golf Club? is high with sweeping views. At least the Clubhouse will be dry. I'm sure it will be a beautiful day. Always good to have some momento of 'the day'....'remember the water honey'!!

  10. Think I might go buy some gumboots to wear with my dress!!!!!

  11. I'd lend you mine but their stuck in the bog at the block!!

    Thanks Tonia - clearly you've not had this rain?

    By the way, Tiler finished grouting yesterday and it looks beautiful.

  12. it has been over 40 degrees everyday here in sydney for the past week or so..don't know what id rather have..torrential rain or 45 degree heat?