Saturday, 2 February 2019

I Love a Sunburnt Country!


I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains
Of ragged mountain ranges
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!

This beautiful poem by Dorothea Mackellar just about sums it up for Townsville now. Caught in the grip of a severe weather system. A couple of months ago we were suffering through a 7 - 5 year drought, on water restrictions ( which are still in place, ha ha) and getting a new pipeline to supplement our water supply from the bigger Burdekin Dam! 

Now our dam is at over 190% and still filling!


With every meter of water that rises in the dam, the further they raise the floodgates with potential flooding downstream!

Having lived all my life in this region I have seen this often. Sometimes yearly in the small sugar town I grew up in. Our house would flood every year!
Flooding was always in the back of our minds when we moved to Townsville in 1988 and we built our house with floods and cyclones in mind. Of course one can never become complacent and with any new development around the area there is always the risk of changes to waterways and of inundation.

Coming home from work on Wednesday I was stuck on the highway due to flooding! My home is less than 5 minutes away and it took me 5 hours to get there. At least I had my phone and I had my sister and husband for company (via messenger) the whole time.



So while we are high and dry here some of our neighbours are not and my heart goes out to the people who have lost homes, pets and things that matter.



Thanks to social media, although we may be flooded in and not able to get out to help we can see the devastation around us. It makes you feel less alone and know that others are affected too! This time we are lucky.


So many lost and found horses, dogs, chooks, ducks and geese. Funny how cats seem to be safe! But human goodness shines in a time like this and others are collecting and posting on the found pages.

Lost - Now found.....at least these could swim. What a wild ride it must have been!



Someone's precious momento of a loved dog washed up at the mouth of the river.


There is of course the need to be careful as nasty things get washed up in other areas. Coastal Taipan.



Shop shelves are bare but people are sharing and baking goodies for the community centre.


But in all of this there are the good stories of neighbours helping each other, businesses giving free tarps, and using equipment to help the community.
I hear the word " resilient" used a lot when there are disasters - I don't really like that word. We just get on with things and do what needs to be done!

But all is not doom and gloom. The grass is green, plants I forgot about are well watered and my crochet is humming along just fine. We have power and food, although, I think I have put on a couple of kilos with all the eating........rain makes me hungry.....You?



Stay Safe.






7 comments:

  1. So glad you are safe Rosie. The force of water is something that always amazes me.
    As much as I hate crisis like flooding, I do love how it brings out the best in people.

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  2. So sorry for all the problems the weather is causing. Jenny from elefantz.com is experiencing the same flooding.

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  3. oh my gosh - I had not heard about this over in New Zealand. We heard about the fires in Tassie and other places and the extreme heat (like we've also been having). Keep safe!

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  4. I am do sorry to hear that bith, you and Jenny are going through all this. I love how you highlighted the fact that a lot of kindness and goodness is found during these hard times. Inner strength needs to be found and I understand how knowing others are going through such bad times can be strangely comforting. I guess we a tribal beings really and seek support from others who understand. Please take care and keep safe. Many angel hugs.

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  5. Glad you are safe Rosie but so sad for those around you who have lost so much. It is nice to hear of all the good that is going on, all the help for those who have lost everything. Hugs and prayers. Lin xx

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  6. Lovely post Rosie. Glad you are safe. I don't like to word resilient either. It's lovely to hear about how people are helping each other out. Hugs,xx

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  7. Glad to hear you are safe ..... our son and his family are also ok for now, although a number of friends not so. Take care

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