Well, we're back. At last our phones are back to normal (yesterday) and we have a fully functioning boutique. So if you have lost or damaged your prosthesis in the flood or are due for a new one.. please call us and come in. We'd love to see you. On behalf of the staff here I hope you did not suffer too much in the floods; and if you did I hope the promise of better days tomorrow keeps you moving along.
Take care of each other. Here is a short video I made this morning about us being back.
This morning at Spirit of Life we lit a candle in memory of those who perished in the floods and as a sign of support for those they left behind. To us the flood has been an inconvenience.. to others an absolute personal tragedy. We are lucky.. our power came back on at 10:20 this morning.. although Mark has had us running on the big back up generator he has at his studio. We have pulled down all the temporary lights and leads and we're almost back to normal. The good people at Telstra are trying to get our phones back for us.. although you can still ring is.
Our car park has been pumped dry thanks to the wonderful people from Balderstone and their huge truck mounted pump. We made a short video of the pumping and it is on Youtube here.
We're looking forward to seeing you in the shop soon and hope your life is slowly getting back to normal.
Today Mark & I managed to get to our shop. We had to park the car near Petrie Tce and walk... poor Mark hand carrying a 30KG generator. Thankfully our shop has not been inundated. The shop has no power or phones (because of the power loss) and the underground car park is full to the brim with muddy water. We fired up the generator and powered up Rambo's fish tank to give his filter and heater etc a quick run. We estimate that we will be back in business on Monday. If the power is not reconnected we will bring in a large generator that will give us phones, computers and limited lighting; but no air conditioning.
At least we will be able to trade. If you have lost or damaged your prosthesis in the flood, please call us Monday and arrange to come in for a fitting. We do have stock, but it is limited. Also car parking may be an issue.. so best to call ahead on 3511 4222. At this point I must thank our good friend Greg Cary from Talk Radio 4BC here in Brisbane who advised our customers on air this morning that we would be open on Monday. Thank you so much Greg.. you're a good friend indeed.
We have grabbed a few pictures of Park Road for you all to see.
Well the plan was to shift stock this morning as per my last blog. However.. our shop at One Park Road is an island. We cannot get into Park Road at all. At this point the Boutique has no water in it. Fingers crossed. So.. turned the car around and took some bread to a friend who is facing inundation and here we are at home.
Hopefully we will be back on deck and running on Friday!
Wow.. haven't seen this since 1974. Today (Tuesday) we have closed the shop early to enable us to get home. I will be in the shop for a short time tomorrow and possibly Thursday. The predictions are for a big flood here in Brisbane on Thursday.
Our flood plan is as follows:
1. If the river rises tomorrow as we are being told, we will be removing all of our stock and moving it to higher ground.
2. If there is a worse case scenario becoming real and the shop is submerged, then we will still be able to trade in a limited fashion from my home on Brisbane's North side. (Clayfield) We will advise if this should occur. Please note that should this unlikely event happen, we would ask our customers to please ring for an appointment as we will not be able to handle "walk ins" during this time.
To all of our customers who may be affected by this terrible event, we pass on our sympathies and best wishes.
So January 4 has arrived and we're back at work. We've vacuumed the carpet, cleaned Rambo's fish tank and we're set to welcome our special ladies. I hope your Christmas and new year has been good for you. And if you're one of the many thousands of people who have been affected by the flooding in central and western Queensland then our heart goes out to you. Mark & I made a donation yesterday on behalf of Spirit of Life and would ask that you do too if you're lucky like us and have not been affected by this weather event.
Happy New Year to all of our special ladies. If you're nursing a hang over.. then I hope you feel better as the day goes along. I feel that 2011 will be a good year for all of us. I hope your dreams and wishes become a reality and that you enjoy good health, and give and receive love to all of those people who are dear to you.
We'll be back at the Boutique on Tuesday the 4th and look forward to seing you then.