Rain stops play.

Rain stops play.

Hi everybody! 
We’ve got a bit of a situation here. The cellar has filled up with water, and more rain is forecast. Trees are down and it’s generally chaotic. We celebrate Christmas this evening, my Mum being German, so I am sure I will be forgiven for passing on a project today. 
Dave has given up wading and has gone in search of a pump, and the motto here is
Keep calm and carry on.

Otherwise we would be 3 foot under right now.

So I would just like to wish you all a very happy, peaceful, Christmas, and a healthy, prosperous 2014.

Thanks for all the support, 
and for enjoying what we at Clarity come up with, 

Love from 

52 thoughts on “Rain stops play.

  1. ooh Barbara, yes, thank God for the cellar! Keep calm and carry on, and certainly forgiven for no project today, hope you pass tomorrow too – enjoy your family time and have a wonderful Christmas. I hope water goes down soon or you manage to pump it out at least. I know there are some who have had to leave their homes around here so it could b e worse! With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to you and family and many, many, thanks for your wonderful inspiration to us all through last year and for more to come ! x x x x x

  2. Oh gosh! Just what you don't need :(. Hope it stays confined to the cellar and starts to drain soon. Time to crack open another mince pie. Happy Christmas to you and Dave and all the family xx

  3. A very Happy and DRY Christmas and New Year to you Barbara,Dave & all your family! Thank you ,Barbara, for all your hard work and inspiration this year!!xxx ivyb

  4. Oh – I am so sorry to hear that. We had water in the cellar in August. Nevertheless a wonderful Christmas evening and also wonderful Christmas days. Habe eine wunderschöne Zeit mit Deinen Lieben und mache Dir keinen Stress wegen des Blogs. Love Josefine

  5. I am sorry to hear that you have flooding, I hope you get it sorted so that you can have a wonderfully holiday. Merry Christmas to you, Dave and your family and all a Clarity. Thank you for sharing your ramblings. x

  6. Sorry to hear of you cellar flood. I have a visual image of Barbara sitting at the top of the cellar stairs trying to fish all the floating wine bottles out with a net! What a storm it was..and so many people having problems at the moment. I am sure you will get it sorted and enjoy the time with your family. Have a great time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  7. So sorry to hear that you have flooding Barbara……I hope you get it sorted real soon. Hope it won't mar your Christmas too much and yes of course you are forgiven. May Santa bring you something nice and hope you make this a memorable one for you and your family….Here's to a fantastic 2014 xxx

  8. I was awake most of last night, just listening to the increasing roar of the wind, and thanking God that I had had my roof replaced, but we have had it so easy up here in Worcestershire in comparison with you in the south. Just the usual places that always get problems. I hope that Dave does not have to spend all the holiday pumping out, and that you can enjoy your family Christmas. Hope you did not lose all the wine in the floods, and have the chance to enjoy some of it in peace and love together. A very Happy Christmas to you and Dave and all your family and friends.

  9. I do hope you manage to keep the floods at bay. We are surrounded by floods but fortunately they have steered clear of us but my heart does go out to all those who have had their Christmas ruined. Have a Happy Christmas with your family and a blessed and peaceful new year. x

  10. I hope it drains soon and doesn't ruin your Christmas. Thank you for all the inspiration you have given us this year Barbara and I would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas xx

  11. Hello Barb
    O' dear this 2013 is certainly not going quietly is it!
    I thought of Emmerdale when I read that Barb, at least you have a cellar, I hope its sound!
    I had my roof replaced last year… but there is now rain in my bedroom from the roof, and that has gone down the wall to the lounge, and my mantlepiece on which I had my family cards, was swimming with B*****y water, and all my cards were soaking!!!!!!!!
    Some are from my family in Australia so they are precious.
    Still only cards thank goodness not people… this is all sent to try us and it certainly is doing that!
    Apart from that Barb you are all together and dry!
    Take care
    Love Marg

  12. Sorry to hear that your cellar has flooded but on the positive side as you say thank goodness it is restricted to the cellar… and more importantly thank goodness you have a good practical man like Dave. No matter how damp your cellar is I know you will be happy with all your family around you ..nothing like it ..enjoy your celebrations xxxAnnie

  13. Oh Barb, so sorry to hear that you've been affected by the floods. Hope the weather gets better and you are able to enjoy your celebrations this evening. Wishing you and all your family a very happy Christmas. Xxx

  14. Wishing you and yours the best Christmas and a joyful and prosperous New Year.

    Big crafty hugs and hope there is not too much rain and you are able to enjoy Christmas with your family!

  15. So nice to hear you are keeping your sense of humour in all your weather woes! Hope it soon subsides. We are just along from your place in Hastings, horrid night wasn't it? Two of my ten grandchildren are half German, so they get two goes at present opening, some today, some tomorrow. It all adds to the fun! Hope all your family are now safely gathered. xxxxxxxx

  16. Oh a flooded cellar just what you don't need when all you want to do is celebrate Christmas and enjoy your family. Of course you are forgiven for not doing a project today, I would hope you have at least the next two days off as well, you deserve a break. Anyway Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Best wishes Lynne xx

  17. Oh Barb so sorry to hear you are having a wet Christmas just when all the family are with you and you should be able to sit down and enjoy their company – I hope the mess isn't too bad and you do manage to have some sort of Christmas – love to you all xx

  18. Poor you, I hope that things get sorted quickly for you, I've seen the atrocious weather on TV and felt for those suffering, thank goodness it didn't stop the flights from the US. Hope you all have the best Christmas you can, love Carolyn x

  19. Bless you for all you do for us fans and I hope your wet problems sort themselves out soon-good 'ol Dave.
    Like you, I have the 'washing machine head' and need to make daily to-do lists – so; God grant us the serenity…courage…and wisdom……and as Shakespeare would have it I wish you health, peace and sweet content be yours this Christmas time. X Liz A-W

  20. Hope Dave manages to get a pump to rid you of your ornamental pond in the cellar! I wish you and your family lots of festive cheer and merry Christmas to you all. Thank you for your daily blog and long may you continue to inspire us. Joan x

  21. Well Barbara…I feel really guilty here now! I am sitting all dry and warm and outside is windy but it's been dry and sunny all day! I do hope that you don't have any more water in your house and if it does come it stays in the cellar!
    I send you and your wonderful family the very best wishes for Christmas and hope you enjoy this evening despite the weather! Huge hugs and love to you all xx

  22. Hi Barb,
    I am really sorry to hear that you have got a flood – I hope it is just confined to the cellar which is bad enough. I hope that you manage to get sorted before tonight. We have been really lucky in Durham, just had snow this morning. I would like to wish yourself, your family and everyone at Clarity a very happy Christmas and thank you for all of your inspiration. Alison xxx

  23. So sorry hear of your situation I hope you don't have any more water and Dave is successful in finding a pump, the keep calm and carry on is all that you can say. Good luck and I hope you and your family have a lovely christmas in spite of your troubles. Maggie J x

  24. oh Barbara – so sorry to hear this – I think you're very brave and very calm – I just hope Dave managed to find a pump and that things are getting drier for you! Big Hugs and I hope you manage to have a merry christmas despite this xx

  25. Sorry for the terrible weather your having Hope you have a Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2014 looking forward to many wonderful products in 2014 .and your brilliant blog big clarity hugs
    Sheila xx

  26. Oh Barbara I'm so sorry to hear that you have the added stress of a flood to deal with especially at christmas. The storms were bad here too but we were lucky to escape damage, fingers crossed that the water subsides quickly and that it hasn't damaged anything of value to you. I hope that you are able to enjoy christmas despite all this. x

  27. I hope you can still find some moments of joy in your Christmas, and the water subsides very soon.
    I wish you the most precious thing for 2014 – good health.

  28. Barbara I hope this has not ruined your Christmas too much and that Dave got his pump. I wish you, your family and your staff a healthy and prosperous New Year. Thank you for all your inspiration for the past year.

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