Sunday, 8 January 2017

Finishing up the holidays

Ah, family, gotta love them!
We were so lucky to have my older brother, sister-in-law, and nephew come visit us after Christmas. Baton Rouge, LA, is just too far away for regular visits!

Enjoying a drink, snuggling with kitties and watching a Christmas movie, what could be better?! I was even working on her little stocking.

The next day, we went to visit our younger brother and his family. Great afternoon, I wish we could do it more often! 

For Christmas, the Gmen gave me my first official New Orleans Saints jersey. My brother was very proud! Too bad they didn't do very well, but there's always next year.

After they left, we went to Historic Ellicott City to walk around and visit the shops. Here are the boys walking over the bridge.

Way back at the end of July, there was a flash flood that devastated the town. You can read about it here. Just heartbreaking. So much damage in such a short amount of time.
My stitching friend, Elizabeth, came with me a week or so later to see what we could see and take a walk on the trail. The main street was closed, this is what we saw from the other side.
The bridge itself was damaged. This is the other side of the road that the boys were on in the above picture.

These are only a couple of the cars from the street or parking lots that were taken with the flow of the water.

This is what the clock looked like before the flood.

A kayaker found it after the flood while he was helping out.

It's back up, but obviously still needs repair.

I did manage to find some things in the shops there, support your local business! Unfortunately, not all of the shops are open, they are still renovating quite a few of them. 
This is one of my favourite go-to places, so I'll be back.

Next time...
cleaning up and organizing this mess!


Julie said...

Mother Nature can be so cruel sometimes, the poor beautiful clock.
You have lovely family.

Maggee said...

I remember when the designer for The Primitive Needle, Lisa Roswell, was swept away in a flash flood. That was so shocking! Hope they get everything repaired or replaced, so it looks back to normal. You have a nice looking family! So good to get together with family every now and then...

Katie said...

Great pics. Thanks for sharing. So sad how much natural disasters can damage places. I'm glad to see they are trying to fix it all. Good luck organizing. Don't get lost haha.

deb said...

Looks like your family had a great time together!

You're near Ellicott City? Used to love going there when we lived closer, but oh, seems the water always wants to take it. :(

Bea said...

Looks like you had a great time at your family get together.

What a devastating flood! I'm glad they are getting things fixed and back together, but it always takes time.

Barb said...

Great family pictures. It looks like a fun get together. Isn't it amazing to see the damage mother nature can do?

Annie said...

Nice to be with family over the holidays.

That flood was unbelievable... so much damage to that historic town in such a short time. Slowly but surely it's recovering, I guess, but it still will be while. Harder to work in the winter too I guess.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Your family look lovely, it was nice for you all to get together.
The flood damage looks pretty bad, I quite like the idea of keeping the battered clock as a reminder to respect Mother Nature.

Melinda Forbes said...

Looks as if a wonderful time was had by all. You have a great looking family- I understand about your Saints - but I am a Browns fan, and things can't get any worse than that. And yes there always is Next Year!. So much damage it's so very sad. Do love they found the clock