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Queensland Floods (3)

Pop has been out today, helping our neighbours down the road whose houses were caught in the flood that came down from Toowoomba. He also took some video clips. This one shows a road in Minden where the water went through:

This video shows more damage, including the Glenmorganvale Rural Fire Brigade’s big shed having been washed away and dumped on the side of the road:
This one is great. The Fernvale School has been turned into an emergency evacuation center and they’ve also made their tennis courts into temporary animal enclosures. This is the doggy compound:
http://www.youtube.com/get_player

13 January 2011 Posted by | Floods, Weather | | 1 Comment

A swim in the dam

We love being taken down to our dam, and it’s even better when there is water in it! Our dry season is roughly from May to September (the cooler months) so summer usually sees our dam filling a few times:

12 January 2011 Posted by | Dogs, Summer, Swimming, Thomas | | 3 Comments

Queensland Floods (2)

After a night and morning of more rain, we took advantage of a break in the weather to take a couple of videos of our property:

Our dam is often dry but sometimes has enough water in it that the dogs can paddle and/or swim. We have never seen it with this much water in it

We are basically OK here, in that we have to deal with surface flooding which could come in the house, but we are on top of a hill and the likelihood of high flood waters reaching us are remote.

11 January 2011 Posted by | Floods, Weather | | 5 Comments

Queensland Floods (1)

Australians are battlers. They come from a long line of battlers, many of whom fought crippling heat, burning sun and withering droughts to carve out a home and living in what is often an inhospitable but beautiful land. And between times of sometimes barely endurable conditions, Mother Nature often threw in a deluge of water big enough to fill Sydney Harbour so many times over.

Some news video footage on the Toowoomba flash flood 10 January 2011

Some news video of aftermath of same Toowoomba flash flood 10 January 2011

Toowoomba is at the top of a mountain range. At the moment there is a 7m high wall of water coming down that mountain and towards the small towns below, eg Gatton, Lockyer. And the news is reporting huge mudslides crashing down the Toowoomba range.

It has been raining for days now but the long term forecast is good and shows easing. We are OK in these floods as we are on top of a hill. But our heart goes out to our neighbours who have been affected and we hope they & their animals stay safe and out of harm’s way until the waters recede.

10 January 2011 Posted by | Floods, Weather | | 2 Comments

Tropical Evening Chorus

Sometimes during this time of the year there’s no point in Nan & Pop having the TV going ‘cos they can’t hear it for the songs of the frogs, toads and crickets. The noise is even worse after rainfall and during the evening. Nan & Pop like the noise though because it is a sound of the tropics; reminiscent of balmy evenings, salt pools and palm trees.

Nan has taken a video just so that you can listen to these tropical noises for yourself. She stood just outside the family room sliding door. This is what we hear. Make sure you’ve got your sound on!

It took some time and a number of reference books but Nan has identified the types of frogs and toad responsible for those noises.When she can she will post their names and pics.

9 January 2011 Posted by | Critters, Farm, Summer | | 6 Comments

Paperbark Trees & Swimming Pools

Summer around here is usually heralded by a number of things. The weather warms up, of course, and the humans complain about the humidity, but there are other tell-tale signs.

For instance, our paperbark (melaleuca) trees shed their bark. This goes on throughout summer as the new bark underneath is revealed. The paperbark isn’t used for many things but it is used by the Aborigines for such things as containers, totem poles, seal for ovens and canoes. Paperbark is also used for habitat for shelter when on “walkabout” around the countryside. And the thick old paperbark trucks provide hollows especially when fires occur during dry season:

The second absolute indicator of summer being here is our summer pool looks more inviting if you were a crocodile than a dog or human. There are swamps around that are less dirty than our pool at the moment:

No doubt Pop will have it clean and ready for use just in time for it to be too cold for Nan to swim.

2 January 2011 Posted by | Farm, Summer | | 3 Comments